Malibu, CA

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Malibu showing general coastal views and a coastal town

This laid-back beach city is a popular destination for surfers and sunbathers. Spot famous residents, explore the university and enjoy the view from the pier.

Malibu is a picturesque beach city north of Los Angeles. It is home to many scenic beaches and a thriving community of surfers, who refer to the city as “Bu.” Its temperate climate and scenic coastline make it the ideal beach getaway. Malibu is especially popular with celebrities, due to its proximity to Hollywood. Sunbathe on the white sand and cool off in the ocean or explore the city’s museums and colonial houses.

Ride the waves at Surfrider Beach. Its choppy waves are ideal for experienced surfers. Enjoy the scenic views from Malibu Pier and dine on fresh seafood at the café. If you prefer, go fishing off the pier and catch your own. Bring your own gear or rent it from a shop at the ocean end of the pier.

Spend the afternoon at the stunning El Matador Beach. Marvel at the caves, rock formations and panoramic ocean views. It is more remote than other beaches and is only accessible via a dirt path and staircase.

Sunbathe on Zuma Beach, another great surfing location. Join in a game of volleyball, go for a swim or lay out a blanket and have a picnic on the warm sand. Malibu was once famous for its nude beaches, but they are now illegal in Los Angeles County.

Cycle along the Pacific Coast Highway for unobstructed views of cliffs and ocean. Visit Adamson House, the villa where the city’s original owners once lived. The Malibu Lagoon Museum is part of the complex. Peruse the hand-painted murals on the walls and learn about the family that occupied the house.

Tour the grounds of Pepperdine University. It is famous for its scenic campus with charming gardens, ocean views and an art museum. Visit the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood and browse sculptures, antiques and ancient artifacts from Greece and Rome.

Malibu is about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. By bus it takes about twice as long. Head inland to explore the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Where to stay in Malibu

Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA
The price is $209 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zuma Beach and Westward Beach. Point Dume State Beach and Preserve and Point Dume Beach are ...
3.7/5 Good! (463 reviews)
"Beautiful view, close to Zuma beach, loved the balcony . Easy parking . cute room."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Malibu Country Inn
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
4.5 out of 5
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA
The price is $581 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Westlake Village Golf Course, and Pepperdine ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (273 reviews)
"The attendants were awesome in every part of the resort and the place was beautiful!"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
The Surfrider Malibu
The Surfrider Malibu
4 out of 5
23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is $399 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Eastern Malibu, this hotel is steps from Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach. Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Malibu Creek State Park are also within 15 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (147 reviews)
"This property is definitely a boutique hotel, small and unique. Don't expect the traditional hotel amentities, coffee in the room etc. We enjoyed the restaurant however felt it was a bit expensive. The location is a bit far from attractions making it difficult to walk anywhere. The only other dining ..."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

The Surfrider Malibu
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
  Malibu Mountain Retreat  - Bring Your own Horses!
Malibu Mountain Retreat - Bring Your own Horses!
Malibu, CA
The price is $195 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in the mountains, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Malibu Creek State Park, Peter Strauss Ranch, and Malibou Lake. Paradise ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
A great retreat to nature with character.
"My partner and I had great time at Rider's Rest. We loved the location, it sits in the hills of Malibu, surrounded with gorgeous views, beautiful plants on the property and a stunning winding road to the coast. We also enjoyed being in a company of horses, just watching Colin's many beautiful creatures ..."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Malibu Mountain Retreat - Bring Your own Horses!
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
3.5 out of 5
22816 Pacific coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is $258 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Surfrider Beach, Carbon Canyon Beach, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (129 reviews)
"Great clean apartment, just didn’t think I would be at the worst location . Apartment A heard all the traffic in pch. Kinda noisy. But the sounds of the waver in the ocean made it pleasant."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Oceanfront Malibu Beach House
Oceanfront Malibu Beach House
Malibu, CA
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Topanga State Beach and Topanga State Park. Getty Villa is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Beautiful views
"Our stay was amazing. The views were beautiful and the home was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed watching the dolphins and seals (or sea lions, not sure which) every day. Moujan is a fabulous host and we certainly plan to return for another stay."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Oceanfront Malibu Beach House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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