Malibu Beach, Los Angeles
For who comes from Portugal, Malibu is a reference, like some kind of paradise in the outskirts of Los Angeles.
I must confess that I've not been in Malibu, I just passed there, so, I kept only a superficial impression, but, maybe because I was coming from the excellent surprise of Santa Barbara, Malibu was a disappointment. I know... I know... It's the risk of first impressions! But, for now, it's all that I've got.
Well we both thought there was one beach called Malibu Beach, but we actually discovered that there are several ones in the area called Malibu. So we chose one and spent a few hours reading, enjoying the sun and defying the waves. Pacific Ocean is so powerful !
I couldn't help a few looks at the lifeguard’s elevated cabin... but no trace of Mitch Buccanon :-) No trace of CJ neither, but that fact interested me less :-))
If you like waves and a beach a bit more out of the way , head north and look for the sign , ZUMA BEACH . I used to go here all the time as a kid . A sufers' paradise , although I'm not a surfer myself , I sure like watching . It's great for body surfing is here as well !
Malibu is absolutely beautiful, with its spectacular ocean views and stunning houses. Driving from LA to Malibu is half the fun - you get to go on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) which gives you amazing views of the ocean and cliffs. It's a must for anyone visiting Southern California and wanting to see its famed beaches and ocean views!
Imagine looking out from an infinity pool 3,000 ft atop a mountain in malibu overlooking the ocean.A hostess has just brought you a tray of hot sake or wine and grilled shrimp or fresh fruit and iced tea..
Amazing sugar scrubs and honey baths and shiatsu massage- reflexology foot massage..
It's ALL Good.
Romantic couples tandem suites...
A celebrity favorite so the entrance is very hush hush
The Malibu of the stars, a.k.a. the "Colony" is unaccessible by the PCH or any other road without an invitation, explicit insider directions, or your own Oscar, Grammy or Emmy.
The real Malibu is almost neighborhood-y; locals play volleyball on the beach, the beachfront restaurants and other stores along the PCH show a real life. This is the Malibu that the tabloids don't care about, but this is the Malibu someone who wants to experience the real thing should go to.
Our first day in LA, we drove through Topanga Canyon to Malibu and up the coastal highway to El Matador Beach for the obligatory visit to the Pacific Ocean. El Matador Beach wa very nice. Extremely quite in March - too cold for swimming but perfect for walking and resting.
This is the lifeguard towers and the lifeguardcar. They recorded Baywatch here, so for that reason it was extra exiting to see the beach. It almost felt like you were in Baywatch kinda. But I mean this is reality and not Hollywood production.
Let's say it is very few people at the beach, mostly surfers.
People hate visiting LA because the city is so spread out, you can't enjoy what it has to offer by sitting in one spot. Case in point, go to Malibu for the day. Here is the perfect Malibu itinerary for a day (or even a half day) that you'll remember for a long time. Your destination is Point Dume. For a little perspective, the Santa Monica Bay is bordered on the south by Palos Verdes and on the north by Point Dume. So on the northern point of the Santa Monica Bay there is a small park area where you can hike around the point... it's probably only a mile in total unless you decided to go down to the beach, then you can walk for days. It's really beautiful, you can watch the seals, dolphins, and sometimes whales. If the wind isn't blowing too hard you should be able to hear the seals barking. Wear walking/hiking shoes because most of the trail is soft sand. The beach on the south side of the point used to be known as the local nude beach, but I think that has changed since the have turned the point into more of an organized park area. The beach on the north side of Point Dume is the state beach and then Zuma Beach. If there is no parking in the handful of spots (there's only about 8) then you can park down at the state beach (i think it's called Westward) and walk up to the point from that beach.
If you go on a Sunday, you should stop at Dukes on the way... Dukes a large restaurant on the water, and they have a great brunch on Sundays from 10-3 and it's only $17 for all you can eat... but don't eat too much if you're going walking later... that's my mistake everytime.
Also along the way up to Point Dume, you can see one of the nicest view in LA by going to the Law School at Pepperdine University. You can't miss the green grass hills as you're driving up PCH. At the guard gate, just tell them you're a lawyer or prospective law student and ask them for directions to the law school... they'll give you a little map.
Of course going to Malibu beaches, Santa Monica, and Hollywood.
Also you can go to Universal Studios and some film studios around: Warner Bros, for example, Paramount Pictures...
In the pic you can see some of the beaches of Malibu...isolated because it was not the best time for taking a bath, but it was great anyway
Here I am running in the water of one of the beaches that they record Baywatch. It's a lovley beach. High waves, be careful!