Discover Travel to Malibu California

So Much More in Malibu, California

I recently was researching a bucket list of great things to experience in Malibu and of course the first things that came to mind were swimming pools and movie stars. It was so fun to discover that Malibu has a vibrant art scene, a plethora of parks, and hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains as well as miles of gorgeous beaches with a laid-back surf culture. There is certainly more to experience in Malibu!

Outdoor Enthusiast's Paradise

Malibu is a short trip from LA along the PCH and yet it is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. You can mountain bike in the Malibu Hills and explore Corral Canyon Park. Try climbing to Escondido Falls or hike the Grotto trail to waterfalls. Spend the night camping at Malibu Creek State Park and you can hike the Point Dume Natural Preserve as well enjoy the as great views from Tuna Canyon Park.

For a unique experience, you can horseback through Zuma Canyon or check out Paramount Ranch where many movies have been filmed. Another great place to explore is Solstice Canyon and the ruins of a stone cottage, believed to be the oldest existing stone building in Malibu.

So Much to Enjoy Along the Ocean

If water and waves are more to your liking, there is plenty to do beach-side. You can watch the surfers at Surfrider Beach or try surfing yourself at First Point. You can explore the sea stacks at El Matador Beach, explore Leo Carrillo Beach tide pools and cave, or play volleyball on Zuma Beach. Try stand up paddleboarding or check out homes of Billionaire’s Beach. Swim at Paradise Cove, spot dolphins at Westward Beach, or you can head out on a whale watching cruise.

For a more relaxing day, you can enjoy yoga on the beach or gather beach glass, and stroll along or fish off the pier and watch sunsets over the ocean at the end of the day.

Plenty of Tours, Shopping & Dining

If you need a break from all the outdoor fun, you can shop the many boutiques, take in concerts at at Trancas, tour the Adamson House and gardens, enjoy a show at the Malibu Playhouse, or tour the Getty Villa. Taking a wine tasting tour or enjoying a picnic at Malibu Lagoon is always a great afternoon too.

There are plenty of place you can dine with a view and amazing food, but the locals have their favorites like fresh seafood at Neptune’s Net or burritos at Lily's. You can always have a unique experience at The Old Place, a former general store turned restaurant where you feel like you are in the middle of a Western film.

Malibu isn't just filled with exclusive homes and upscale restaurants. It is a laid-back, quiet town surrounded by idyllic natural beauty along the Pacific Ocean. There really is something for everyone here and I cannot wait to visit.

 

Jennifer Smelker

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