Malibu
Travel Guide

Malibu featuring 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 £170 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Paradise Cove is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
3.7/5Good! (390 reviews)
"This property has a great location so it was overall a good stay for us but the property and room needs some TLC and to be cleaner. The wifi did not work in our room and there was a hot tub on our balcony that was dirty."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £621 per night from 13 Jun to 13 Jun
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (257 reviews)
"The property is absolutely gorgeous, every venue is fantastic, and after my recent stay at the resort, want to make it a yearly occasion. The service is top-notch and I would highly recommend anyone to experience this resort."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 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 £358 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in Eastern Malibu, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
4.8/5Exceptional! (134 reviews)
"Wonderful stay, wonderful staff, highly recommended"

Reviewed on 10 May 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 Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
3.5 out of 5
22816 Pacific coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is £332 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University ...
4.2/5Excellent! (117 reviews)
"The hot tub didn't work but it was okay other than that"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
The Malibu Dream Resort
The Malibu Dream Resort
10502 Yellow Hill Road, Malibu, CA
Situated in Malibu, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leo Carrillo State Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Nicholas Flat Nature Preserve and Point Mugu State ...
The Malibu Dream Resort
Oceanfront Malibu Beach House
Oceanfront Malibu Beach House
19238 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Tunas State Beach and Topanga State Park. Getty Villa is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Malibu
"Reasonable location. Parking not easy. Cleanliness could’ve been better. 3-4 ⭐️"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 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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