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Malibu [9] hugs the Pacific Ocean, north of Santa Monica in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County. Because of the town's location on the ocean and the proximity to downtown L.A.'s studios, Malibu has been made as a fixture in American culture, having been featured on popular TV shows including Two and a Half Men and Hannah Montana.

Get in[edit]

Take Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) north from Santa Monica. From Los Angeles International Airport, take San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) north to Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) west. The Santa Monica Freeway intersects the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.

LA Metro bus 534 provides service to Malibu from Santa Monica and Washington/Fairfax transit center.

Get around[edit]

The main (and pretty much only) route through Malibu is along the Pacific Coast Highway. It's the "main street" of Malibu. PCH runs the length of the town and is really the only way to get from one side of the Malibu to the other.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Pepperdine University. Pepperdine boasts the best ocean views of any college campus in the United States and is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as having the most beautiful campus in the United States. The University now also consistently ranks in the Top 40 academic programs in the United States. Pepperdine ascends up from Pacific Coast Highway on a huge piece of land, and the Pacific ocean feels part of this uniquely beautiful campus. Of particular note are the Heroes Garden on the Drescher Graduate Campus, the Weisman Museum of Art, and Stauffer Chapel.  edit
  • Adamson House Museum, 23200 Pacific Coast Hui, 310-456-8432.. This is the home owned by early 20th century Malibu residents who owned a large part of what is now the city of Malibu. It includes hand-carved doors and extravagant displays of decorative tiles.  edit
  • Malibu Lagoon Museum, 23200 Pacific Coast Hui (Not too far from Adamson House). It is right next to Adamson House and has a rich collection of patterns, photographs and rare documents. All of them are telling the story of Barna Malya Malibu history. The museum dates from the period of the early Chumash Indians to the Spanish California period.  edit
  • Getty Village, 17985 Pacific Coast Hui, 310-440-7300. another major tourist attraction. It is designed to resemble a first-century Italian villa. It used to be a residential house but no more. Paul Getty was a former resident of this villa. This Getty Villa has become today's learning center and museum. The house houses the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of more than 44,000 Roman, Greek and Etruscan artefacts. Surrounding the villa is a huge, beautiful formal now, Getty Villa use as a campus for the UCLA / Getty Masters program in archeological and ethnographic preservation.  edit

Getty Villa Malibur is

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Head to famous Zuma or Westward Beach for a great day at the beach.
  • For a great coast view, head to Highlands Park. From PCH heading north, turn left on Heathercliff and left on Dume Drive. Take Dume drive as far as you can and turn right at the end of the road. There is a park on the cliff with a few trails where the locals like to jog. Follow a trail or two to the tip of the point. You'll know when you get there. There will be a bench and a wooden sort of deck in the middle of the trail. From here you can see all of the coast out to Palos Verdes, watch surfers below, and listen to the sounds of sea lions and dolphins. Note: "Highlands Park" is listed as "Point Dume" on Google Maps.

  • Surfers must check out the regional classic point break at the Malibu Lagoon. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Even if you don't surf it is worth checking out.
  • For movie fans, the Malibu Film Festival is a must-go celebrity spring time event.
  • Grotto Trail: Not only beaches and surfing but also other attractions. And the next attraction is the Grotto Trail. This is a hiking spot for hiking. It’s a relatively easy three mile round trip hire that takes you to a cave and waterfall that everyone loves. The Greto Trail is perfect for you if you want to pay no extra price and a great deal in the end without the job.
  • Westward Beach: The west side beach is different from Juma Beach. It is a longer, wider and wider beach than Juma Beach. The west side beach is the southern half of Juma country beaches. This 3 mile long sandy beach is Malibur west facing beach enchanted with fine blonde sand with clear blue water. It is suitable for swimming, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. And Westward Beach is also great for finding sea lions, seals and dolphins.

The beach also has a shower, restroom and picnic table. There is also a popular The Sunset restaurant. You can eat something from here. They serve some delicious food.

  • Esconido Falls Trail. One of the most popular hiking spots. It can be a great destination for hiking lovers and the highest falls in the Santa Monica Mountains. This fall is famous for 150 feet long falls. It is flat, one of the best waterfalls in the vicinity of Los Angeles, when Escondido Falls flows. But if you go there in the summer season, you probably won’t get too much water there. But it will be a fun fare and you can still get some great shots in the boulders.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Coral Beach Cantina, 29350 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-457-5503, [1]. An excellent Mexican restaurant offering tasty food in a relaxed sit-down environment. Entrees will cost between $6 and $12, and portion sizes are reasonable.  edit
  • Duke's, 21150 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-317-0777 (fax: +1-310-317-0677), [2]. A surfing themed restaurant and bar that is extremely popular. Tuesday's Happy Hour is called Taco Tuesdays, where you can eat grilled fish tacos and have a couple beers for a couple dollars. Very popular with the locals.  edit
  • Reel Inn, 18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, +1-310-456-8221. Malibu's upscale version of fast food, the ordering process at Reel Inn is simple: choose a fish, two sides, and either salad or cole slaw, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and then wait at a bench (indoors and outdoors) while your food is prepared. The fish is good, the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is friendly. Valet parking is mandatory on weekends, and parking attendants have been known to mix up keys. entrees average $15.  edit
  • Geoffrey's, 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy. Chic terrace with a stunning view of the ocean, excellent food, friendly staff, and celebrity doodles on the walls. The Bentlys, Rolls Royces, and other lux autos in the parking lot give you an idea of cost. entrees average $25-70.  edit
  • Paradise Cove, 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, +1-310-457-2503 (, fax: +1-310-457-3273), [3]. Monday to Friday - 8 AM to 11 PM / Saturday & Sunday - 7 AM to 11 PM. On its own private beach, the ONLY beach in all of Southern California that allows alcohol. Has a private picnic area with tables and chairs, no need to purchase food from the restaurant. There is parking which you need to pay, you can get your ticket validated inside. The atmosphere is great and the food is pretty good, this is the local hot spot for people of all ages. Romantic enough for a date but fun enough for the whole family. Can get very, very crowded in the morning so call ahead and make your reservation (probably a good idea regardless of the time slot).  edit
  • Malibu Farm Pier Cafe, "2300. Located at the end of the pier in Malibu, this local favorite is a farm to table cafe. Great for a casual bite to eat including breakfast, sandwiches and flavorful main dishes with stunning ocean views. "entrees.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Spruzzo's Cafe, (across from Zuma beach). Has become the new spot for local nightlife with their newly remodeled bar.  edit
  • Moon Shadows, 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, (310) 456-3010, [4]. Mon,Sun 11:30am-12am; Tue-Thu 11:30am-1am; Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am. Great place to get a drink and watch the sunset. Especially popular on sunday afternoons. $$$.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Malibu hotels span the spectrum from luxury to family motels. Most of the Malibu hotels are along the main coastal road, Pacific Coast Highway. Perhaps most notable among Malibu hotels are those located along the beach.

  • Malibu Country Inn, 6506 Westward Beach Rd., +1-310-457-9622 or +1-800 FUN N SURF (, fax: +1-310-457-1349), [5]. A charming Cape Cod style hotel tucked along the beachside bluffs of Malibu. $155 to $290 plus tax.  edit
  • Beaurivage, 26025 Pacific Coast Highway. Located close to popular Zuma Beach.  edit
  • Casa Malibu Inn on the beach, 22752 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-456-2219. Located on the beach in the heart of Malibu. It is quaint among Malibu hotels, with only 21 Beachfront and GardenView rooms and suites. [email protected] $169 - $529.  edit
  • Malibu Shores Motel, 23033 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-456-6559. Located across from Surfrider Beach, this motel is more well-suited for families than most Malibu hotels.  edit
  • Malibu Motel, 22541 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-456-6169 (), [6]. One of Malibu's less expensive options. $119 to $219 plus tax.  edit
  • Topanga Ranch Motel, 18711 Pacific Coast Hwy, +1-310-456-5486 or +1-800-200-0019. 30 ocean-front cottages located across from Topanga State Beach.  edit
  • Malibu Beach Inn, 22876 Pacific Coast Highway, +1-310-456-6444, [7]. Has perhaps the most central location of Malibu hotels, on PCH in the heart of Malibu.  edit
  • Malibu Riviera Motel, 28920 Pacific Coast Hwy, +1-310-457-9503, [8].  edit
  • Malibu Surfer Motel, 22541 Pacific Coast Hwy, +1-310-456-6169.  edit

Nearby communities offer additional lodging options that may be less expensive. These include the Good Night Inn (26557 Agoura Road, Calabasas). Another cheaper but more distant alternative to the Malibu hotels is the Hampton Inn (30255 Agoura Rd., Agoura). Other alternatives in case all the Malibu hotels are booked include the Hilton (6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills) and the Holiday Inn (120 Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica). If the summer season causes even the more distant Malibu hotels to be booked, even further options include the Holiday Inn (170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles) and the Hyatt (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village).

Get out[edit]

Routes through Malibu
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