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    THE GETTY VILLA MALIBU

    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 9, 2011

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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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    Tidepooling

    by giampiero6 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is some really cool tidepooling that you can do at the northern end of Malibu at the point dume beaches. Once you are at the top of point dume, head south and you will see some stairs going down to a lovely beach. When the tide is out, you can see starfish, sea slugs, lots of crawlies. In my experience, this has been one of the better spots.

    *remember to not collect stuff from tidepools and don't disturb things.

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    Mailbu Surfrider Boat Tours

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    The Malibu Surfrider is approximately a 1.5 hour tour that takes you along the coastline of Malibu. It looks like a great way to enjoy the beauty of the ocean.

    Saturday & Sunday
    Departure Times: 12:30, 2:30, and
    4:30 PM

    We have not taken this tour, but it look like a great way to see the shoreline from a different perspective. I think the next time we are down here, we are going to try it out. It launches from the Malibu Pier.

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    Adamsome House Landscapes

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    They have a walking tour of the beautiful gardens and have tried to preserve the way it looked back in the 1930's. They offer a tour every Friday of the month at 10AM. They are asking $5.00 a person and it includes a tour of the house too. Or you can just walk around even when the tours are not available and enjoy all the beauty and views this wonderful piece of history has to offer.

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    Malibu Lagoon State Beach

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    The Malibu Lagoon is where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. On the west side of Malibu Creek Bridge, you will find picnic tables and a nature area, which is excellent for bird watching and Southern California saltwater marsh. The Adamson House just the other side is an National Historic Site located next to the beach. It is a showplace of Malibu historical artifacts. It was finally completed in 1929 by the Frederick Hastings Rindge's daughter, Rhoda Adamson. This beautiful Spanish-Moor revival building features tiles from the renowned Malibu Potteries and sits the most spectacular overlook of the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach.

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    Malibu Pier 1905

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    Originally built in 1905 by Frederick Hasting Rindge, it served as shipping dock for Malibu Rancho's business. It was finally open to the public in 1934 for pier and charting fishing. Sadly, when Mr. Rindges other business went bankrupt in 1936, it was taken over bondholders. It was extended and other buildings were added. In 1943 the pier suffered a lot of damage from a storm with losing two of the existing buildings and it was bought by William Huber who rebuilt it again. In 1960 the reef was repaired extensively again, and sport fishing charter started to operate on the pier. Restaurants came and went and so did owners until the pier closed in 1990's. It was damaged again in 1993 and 1995. It was given to the city but they could not repair it or maintain it. It eventually became state property and was restored for all of us to enjoy.

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    Legacy Park

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 2, 2011

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    Malibu Legacy Park is 15 acres at the heart of Malibu where four natural coastal habitats meet – ocean, lagoon, creek, and bluffs. Its purpose is to treat the stormwater run off that captures 2.6 million gallons and disinfect it. Malibu is the only city in the state to build three stormwater treatment facilities. The park consists of native plants and creates natural habitats for creatures local to the area, while creating a place for everyone to enjoy and help create an outdoor environmental class room.

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    California Historical Marker No. 966

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 2, 2011

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    NO. 966 ADAMSON HOUSE AT MALIBU LAGOON STATE BEACH - Designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1929, this Spanish Colonial Revival home contains the best surviving examples of decorative ceramic tile produced by Malibu Potteries. During its short existence from 1926 to 1932, Malibu Potteries made an outstanding contribution to ceramic art in California through its development and production of a wide range of artistic and colorful decorative tile. The home was built for Merritt Huntley Adamson and Rhoda Rindge Adamson, daughter of Frederick Hastings Rindge and May Knight Rindge, last owners of the Rancho Malibu Spanish grant.

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    HEAD NORTH ON PCH FOR SYCAMORE COVE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jan 7, 2011

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    PACIFIC OCEAN, FIRE PIT, PICNIC TABLE AND SHADE
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    Malibu has 27 miles of coastline and at the very northern end on the Ventura County side hiding in front of the trees that line PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) at this point is Sycamore Cove Beach (Point Mugu State Park). This is a beach that should be kept hidden and secret from all but those that know about it, but then it is one of the few beaches that allow canned beer and plastic containers of alcohol on the sand. Sycamore Cove is also one of the few beaches with not only restrooms but fire pits and picnic tables under the trees on the sand. A great family beach.

    Across PCH, on the mountain side are 50 camp sites for overnight camping. Back on the beach side, you can see many dolphins swimming in the ocean, right from a picnic table. The shade of the trees come in handy on the sunny, warm days. Yes, this is part of California's treasures and we must make sure that it is available to all, always.

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    Paradise Cove

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 27, 2010
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    Paradise Cove is owned by the Bob Morris who owns the cafe here ( see review) and it either costs $25 to park and then get this back if you eat in the cafe or park on Pacific Coast Highway and then walk the mile down the mile long drive way to the cove. It would be a steep walk back to your car. The fee does keep the masses away and it was indeed a very relaxing place.
    I am not sure which TV shows or movies I have seen that have been made here but I did recognise it as soon as I got out of the car.
    I did not go on the pier but I understand the views are stunning. There is a public toilet block in the car park and this was very clean and well kept. I think the beach beds and chairs were free to use but am not totally sure.
    Local residents are Courtney Cox, Kelsey Grammer from Frasier and Barbara Streisand.

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    Hike to Escondido Falls

    by rasquache Updated Apr 3, 2009

    Lower Escondido waterfall is easily reached after a mile and a half of hiking (half of which is on pavement). Lower Escondido is a 50 cascade. From there Adventurous traverers can climb the pat to the upper falls, a breathtaking 150 slice of paradise.

    Parking and hiking here is free. The falls are amazing in the spring of after a good rain. Otherwise, there is a lot less water.

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