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Malibu

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

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Eastern Malibu

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Eastern Malibu, Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Topanga State Park are top sights worth seeing.

Eastern Malibu
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Central Malibu

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Central Malibu, Paradise Cove and Zuma Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Central Malibu

Top Hotels in Malibu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
4.5 out of 5
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA

Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Westlake Village Golf Course, Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, and Pepperdine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (232 reviews)

"Amazing amazing amazing! The location is perfection. The service is wonderful. Highly recommend for a weekend staycation for people in LA or a few nights for people traveling through."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA
The price is $188 per night

Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Paradise Cove is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (311 reviews)

"Love this motel, even in lockdown it was great, they took wonderful care of us, and location is wonderful!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Malibu Country Inn
The M Malibu
The M Malibu
2 out of 5
22541 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $207 per night

Located in Eastern Malibu, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University and Getty Villa are also within ...

3.3/5 (184 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable and oh so convenient to the beach."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

The M Malibu

Popular places to visit in Malibu

Zuma Beach
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Zuma Beach

4/5(71 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Zuma Beach, a popular beach in Western Malibu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Pepperdine University
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Pepperdine University

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Pepperdine University, a top university in Malibu. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach
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Malibu Lagoon State Beach

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, a popular beach in Malibu.

El Matador State Beach
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El Matador State Beach

4/5(68 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at El Matador State Beach, a popular beach in Malibu. Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Paradise Cove
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Paradise Cove

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Paradise Cove, a popular beach in Central Malibu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's sunrises.

Point Mugu
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Point Mugu

4/5(21 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Point Mugu during your travels in Malibu. Wander the beautiful beaches and waterfront in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Malibu

Malibu Group Hike with Wine Tasting
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Malibu Group Hike with Wine Tasting

$35
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Malibu Tandem Paragliding Flight up to 30min
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Malibu Tandem Paragliding Flight up to 30min

$235
Per adult
California Coastline Helicopter Tour
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California Coastline Helicopter Tour

$199
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Malibu Wine Tour
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Private Malibu Wine Tour

$395
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private VIP Malibu Wine Tour for 2
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Private VIP Malibu Wine Tour for 2

$895
Per adult
Ventura to LAX
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Ventura to LAX

$165
Per adult

Reviews of Malibu

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 31, 2020

STUNNING!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Beautiful place to visit. Lots to do and beaches and views are beautiful. Lots of food and dining selections.

4/5 - Good

Daniel

Feb 14, 2020

El Matador Beach and Point Dume State Marine Reserve are wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

J.Epperson

Jan 21, 2020

Traffic sucks, but the area is beautiful and the weather is amazing.

3/5 - Okay

CurtBlackburn

Nov 21, 2019

The Woosley Fires of 2018 really did a number on Malibu and surrounding area, its been a year and very little building happening. Quite sad really.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

It was a beautiful weekend but it is very busy on the Coast Highway.

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