Malibu Things to Do

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    WALK THE MALIBU PIER

    by travelgourmet Updated Sep 18, 2012

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    MALIBU PIER ON PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
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    California here I come. I want to see the Pacific Ocean. What about surfers? So, it is Southern California I want to see. The land of Gidget and Moondoggie. Surf's Up! What better place to see this than from the Malibu Pier. Looking out to Surfriders Beach on one side and Carbon Beach on the other. Surfers and waves to billionaires beachfront homes. All seen from the Malibu Pier. Add a restaurant, Ruby's Cafe (open in summer only) and a few hours can be spent on the pier watching the ocean or the surfers. Maybe you are here during whale watching season. Boat tours to see the whales are from the Malibu Beach
    Supply Company located at the water end of the Pier, where in the summer you can tour the Malibu coastlne from the "Malibu Surfrider" tour boat to see the homes of the celebreties and stars that live in the "Malibu Colony" area of Malibu, California.

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  • Opening of Book Store/ Cafe in Point DUme

    by malibuboo Written Jul 18, 2012

    Point Dume Village adds hand-crafted artisanal coffee and a combination of new, used and rare books to its already diverse array of shopping that includes several fine eateries, Pavillions, banks, salons, and more.

    Located overlooking the relaxing fountain courtyard, you may now enjoy sipping single-source coffees while perusing popular titles and scarce editions over 300 years old.

    With Cafecito Organico and Bank of Books open together in adjoining shops, Malibu establishes its own unique version of the cafe-bookstore experience.

    Cafecito Organico

    Self-sourced beans, masterful roasting,
    preparation without compare; Cafécito Organico
    brings every aspect of the Artisan coffee
    experience to its new location in Malibu.

    Business partners Angel Orozco and
    Mitch Hale are coffee fanatics who apply their
    expertise from grower to cup. Orozco, an
    industry ‘Q-Grader’ (certified to rate green
    coffee) and Hale, a 25-year Barista veteran
    travel to growers who practice sustainable
    farming to hand-select harvests which are then
    roasted to individual perfection at their own
    roasting house. The café offers these exclusive selections at
    their espresso and pour-over bars.

    With exclusive self-sourced beans prepared in meticulous
    fashion, Cafécito Organico is destined to
    become the new haven for the Malibu coffee cult.

    Bank of Books
    With over two million books, Bank of Books
    has the 4th largest inventory of used and rare
    books in the country. The Point Dume location
    will stock over 45,000 individual titles including
    an extensive collection of Hollywood and film
    books, and a selection of rare editions including
    a Bible printed in 1613, personal letters of
    President George Washington printed in 1829,
    and a biography of Julius Caesar from the early
    1700s. There is no greater resource for used and
    rare books in the area than the Bank of Books.

    Point Dume Village, Malibu's neighborhood
    shopping center, located at PCH and Heathercliff,
    is sure to draw evermore the attention and
    appreciation of those in search of the authentic
    Malibu lifestyle.
    Grand Opening hours for Cafécito Organico are
    6am-6pm. Hours for Bank of books will be 8a-7p

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    Shop or just hang out at Country Mart

    by marinarena Updated Mar 5, 2012

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    Outside of the famed Rodeo Drive, Malibu Country Mart is a most excellent, opulent choice for high-end quality shopping for local, celebs and anyone else stopping by. Within the courtyard setting is an eclectic mix of designer clothing and gift boutiques (Ron Herman, John Varvartos, Morgan Le Fay, Seven for all Mankind Jeans, Yosemite by James Perse, etc). The finest of dining, perhaps in all of the Los Angeles area is the ultra-exclusive Nobu restaurant. Also impressive at the mart is sugar snack loving Malibu Kitchen and Country Mart which is guarantee to satisfy your taste buds. If you have extended time, there is a charming movie theater and especially for the youngins, a mini playground. Fashion lovers will not only be enthusiastic about the boutiques but also by Madison Gallery, which dedicates its displays on high fashion.

    What's truly best here? The coast is only a few minutes away by foot.

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    Solstice Canyon

    by Roadquill Written Jan 3, 2012

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    Solstice Canyon is a tranquil park area just inland from Pacific Coast Highway at Solstice Canyon. A creek runs through the canyon and there are several hiking trails, including the road that leads up to several ruins, mostly due to wildfires. Waterfalls add to the enjoyment. Occasionally the Park Service has lectures. Parking is limited, and there is a fee once inside. You can park on PCH and walk into the park.

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    Malibu Pier

    by Roadquill Written Oct 16, 2011

    The Malibu Pier has been around for as long as I can remember. I used to hitchhike from the San Fernando Valley and still have fond memories of enjoying the surf and sand right at Malibu Pier.

    A few weeks ago I was up early and was able to take some wonderful dawn shots.

    There are some shops on the pier, as well as several restos.

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    9 11 Memorial at Pepperdine

    by Roadquill Written Oct 6, 2011
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    For the past 4--5 years Pepperdine University has created a temporary memorial to those who suffered as a result of 9 11. On September 11, and continuing for approximately a week, thousands of flags representing those lost are planted on the South East side of the campus, at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road.

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    Getty Villa

    by Roadquill Written Oct 5, 2011
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    The Getty Villa (actually just slightly outside Malibu) is a recontructed Roman Villa based upon a design circa 50 AD near Naples. Wonderful gardens, fountains and pools on the outside, and antiquities on the inside.

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    Zuma Beach

    by Roadquill Updated Oct 4, 2011

    Zuma Beach is one of the largest, if not the largest swath, of pristine beach in Malibu. On the Eastern side is "free Zuma" where you can park right next to the sand. Further West is the main beach where there is pay parking next to the sand, or street parking on Pacific Coast Highway. The water does not really warm up until August, but during the summer the place is packed on weekends. There a usually lifeguards watching out, but the surf can be rough and you have to be careful of riptides. Beward... no alcohol is allowed on the beach.

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    Point Dume Natural Reserve

    by MM212 Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Point Dume Natural Reserve, April 2011
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    Located north of Malibu, Point Dume is a tiny, secluded, and stunning natural reserve. It consists of a cliff covered in shrubs and flowers (in season) overlooking an isolated beach. The geographic position of Point Dume at the northern end of the Santa Monica Bay makes it a great place for surfing, and if you're lucky, as I was, you may even be able to spot a whale or two in the distance. Bring a picnic, an umbrella, and sunblock and enjoy a full day on the beach. Beware though of two things, parking in the immediate vicinity is limited, and the descent from the cliff to the beach is via a steep and scary wooden staircase!

    For more photos, take a look at the travelogue: "Picturesque Point Dume".

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    Getty Villa

    by giampiero6 Written Sep 6, 2011

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    The Getty Villa is a great way to spend a pleasant and leisurely afternoon. JP Getty was a gazillionaire who founded Getty Oil and made billions of $$$. He was also a bit of an eccentric who decided that he needed to buy up millions of dollars worth of Roman and Italian peninusula antiquities. In the 60s and 70s he started building a villa near his home that was styled on the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. Incredibly Getty never even visited the place because he was living in England at the time and didn't like to fly, so he never made it back before he died. The Villa opened in 1974, and houses an interesting and beautiful collection. It's also a great place to stroll around, enjoy the day and see a few pieces. The villa has a gorgeous reflecting pool in a garden setting that's great to hang out by. It also have a very nice terrace cafe which is cool to hang out at and have a bite. The Museum Store is actually a pretty good place to get a few gifts. If you're passing through Malibu or visiting, LA it's definitely a great way to get away from hustle and bustle. Book your tickets online and reserve your parking. You can't just roll up and get in.

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    THE GETTY VILLA MALIBU

    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 9, 2011

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    GETTY VILLA MALIBU MUSEUM ENTRY WAY
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    A name known throughout Los Angeles is Getty. Most people will associate the name with the Getty Center of Los Angeles, but there is another Getty that should get your attention a well, The Getty Villa Malibu. Both are now museums of antiquity and neither should be missed while in Los Angeles. Advanced Timed Reservations are a must for the Villa. The Center, in the Sepulveda Pass, is more busy and contains much more than the Villa and also has a fabulous view of the west side of Los Angeles. The Villa is more sedate and has an easy feel to it. Being close to the Pacific Ocean also gives it a cooler atmosphere.

    Located right on PCH at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway just before Malibu coming from Santa Monica. There is no fee to enter, but you must remember to have your advance time reservation in hand to get in. There is a parking fee, which is a must, unless you are arriving by taxi. Check out the Getty Villa website to make your reservation. It will show you what days and times are available to enter and you can print out your tickets for entry. Try to do this in advance, as soon as you know you are going to go.

    There are many objects to view. Statues, art works, jewelry, coins, and antiquities from the Greeks, Romans and Etruscans. You will be walking the entire Villa, inside and out, two stories, and a restaurant, gift shop, lectures, and shows to peruse. I found that just walking the length of the outer peristyle pool and garden was a wonderful experience with statues and different types of flora dotting the grounds. Each room in the Villa has a theme, some with vases and cups, others with marble seats and sarcophagus with detailed figures. Most appealing was the jewelry collection, rings and coins from 300 BC. The Getty Villa even has a learning center to enjoy some of the art forms from ancient Greece.

    I have additional photos on the Getty Villa in my Travelogue section. They only scratch the surface of what there is to see at the Getty Villa. All in all, a great day in Malibu.

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    Cabrillo Plaque

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 5, 2011

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    On October 10, 1542 Famed Spanish Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo

    Discovered a large Chumash Indian Village close to the sea at wheich he first claimed possession of Alta California lands for the King of Spain. He was greeted by the indicans who went to his ships in many swift canoes which inspired Cabrillo to name the village. "The Pueblo De Las Canoas" - The town of the canoes, some historians believe the large Chumash Indian village located here at Malibu Lagoon was indeed Cabrillo's "Pueblo De Las Canoa". Dedicated by Malibu Historical Society Malibue Lagoon Museum October 10, 1987

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    Mailbu Surfrider Beach

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 5, 2011

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    Malibu's Surfrider Beach has a long standing as a premier surfing beach. It is only for surfers. So no wadding or swimming unless your surfing. There is a sign that lets you know which side is for swimming or just surfing. They DO NOT allow dogs either.

    Parking Fees: Winter $3.00 to $8.00; Summer $3.00 to $10.00

    The State Beach parking lot is located on the west side of the Malibu Creek Bridge. A county parking lot is located directly in front of the Adamson House.

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    Adamson House State Park

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 5, 2011

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    The house was built in 1929 by Rhoda Agatha Rindge and Merritt Adamson. It was designed by architect, Stiles Clements. It was only a summer home for many years till in 1937 it became a year around home. This two-story house even has an elevator, which was installed specifically for Mrs. Adamson in 1958. She lived in the home till she died in 1962. The State of California purchased the property in 1968.

    Operating Hours
    GUIDED TOUR SCHEDULE
    Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    (Last tour at 2:00 pm)
    Tuesdays - Bus Tours Only

    ADMISSION
    17 years and older - $7.00
    6 to 16 years - $2.00
    5 years and under - free
    (CASH ONLY Accepted for All Tour Fees)

    Reservations of groups with 12 or more people,
    please call (310) 456-8432

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  • Hiking in Solstice Canyon

    by DebbieLA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A nice shady rest stop on the trail

    This hike offers climbs with views of the ocean, burned out ruins of a house, waterfalls, and wildflowers. The easiest trail leads you straight to the waterfall and ruins - it's an old road. We took the Rising Sun trail which starts just off the parking lot. The trail has a climb although it's not very steep. When we hiked the trail was overgrown with brush and wildflowers but still passable. This trail loops back down to the waterfall. This is a nice place to stop, sit on a boulder, enjoy the sound of running water and have a snack. Continuing the loop back to the parking lot you'll see sycamore, bay and oak trees with trunks up to 18 feet in circumference.

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