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    The Getty Villa Entrance and Parking

    by Yaqui Written Jul 6, 2014

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    The Getty Villa is Free, but you do have to pay for parking. Be sure you have a reservation also. You will not get in unless you have one. It is very easy to do, go online and do a reservation as if your purchasing a ticket and print it out to show the guards. Make sure you do this.

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    Malibu Sport Fishing Pier

    by garridogal Written Oct 7, 2013

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    We hit the Malibu Sport Fishing Pier just as the sun was setting. It was a lovely time of the day to check it out. It wasn't too crowded and it provided us with a prime spot for a colorful sunset.

    Check out the website. Lots of things to do!

    Perfect pink sky
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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.

    Malibu shops Malibu, California
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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

    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

    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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    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".

    Point Dume Natural Reserve, April 2011 Wild shrubs on the cliff, April 2011 Views southwards, April 2011 Wild shrubs in Point Dume, April 2011 Malibu, April 2011
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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.

    Reflecting Pool and Gardens Museum Atrium Reflecting Pool Water Garden
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    Malibu Pier

    by iandsmith Written May 26, 2011

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    The pier is touted as being world famous and I suppose it is but, then again, it's just one of many along this stretch of coast; a fact that surprised me because pretty much all the piers in Australia of note have long since disappeared so it was a surprise to see so many.
    That fishing is hugely popular here was fairly obvious when I saw all the stainless stell purpose built rod holders all along the fencing. I'd never seen anything like that before except in Instanbul where all the locals had made their own.
    There's not a lot on the actual pier apart from a restaurant at either end but it's nice just to walk out there and have a look as the view back along the coastline is very scenic.

    Entrance to the pier A freshly landed whiting on the deck Looking back to the land Note all the rod holders on the upper rail Do you come here often?  Pacific gull at leisure
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    Visiting a legend

    by iandsmith Written May 26, 2011

    This place has legend status for someone like me; growing up in a backwater of Newcastle in Australia. On the rare occasions when we saw surf movies Malibu always got a mention so it is like one of the holy grails of surfing. Obviously, not many VTers share my view of this iconic location that claims to be the first "World Surfing Reserve" (dedicated in 2010).
    So it was that I was happy to pull up and wander out on the pier and ponder the significance, for me, of being here. It sent goose bumps up my spine frankly.

    The break, small today, is on the left

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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.

    GETTY VILLA MALIBU MUSEUM ENTRY WAY GETTY VILLA MUSEUM OUTER PERISTYLE POOL & GARDEN LOOKING BACK TO THE MUSEUM FROM OUTER PERISTYLE GETTY VILLA MALIBU MUSEUM INNER PERISTYLE GETTY VILLA MALIBU MUSEUM SIDE GARDEN
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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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