Malibu Travel Guide

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Malibu Things to Do

  • Zuma Beach

    Zuma beach is one of the largest and most visited beaches in Los Angeles County. It is visited more because it is considered a healthier beach for it's clean water conditions. It also a good spot for surfing and hosts several events each year.You can get there by taking the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), which is a great ride thanks to the view.

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  • The Malibu Lagoon Museum

    The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins Adamson House (located in the carriage house) and contains an intriguing collection of artifacts, rare photographs, and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. The museum takes the visitor from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture. Here is an excellent opportunity to relive...

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  • Getty Villa~Tours~Free

    The tours at the Getty Villa are free. They provide you with a Hearing Monitor that hooks over your ear, so the tour guide can speak without having to talk over everyone. You hear him or her perfectly. They give you a basic tour, but it is filled with tons of wonderful info. Very much worth your time. The guide was standing in the center of the...

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Malibu Hotels

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Malibu Restaurants

  • PACIFIC OCEAN VIEW MOTORCYCLES & SEAFOOD

    The Ventura County side of Zuma Beach, Malibu on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) about 16 miles north of the Malibu Pier and only one mile north of Leo Carrillo State Beach with it's tide pools, Malibu has the iconic Neptune's Net Seafood Restaurant with it's fame for great fried seafood and if you prefer, the steamed lobster is a gourmet's delight....

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  • A BIT OF HAWAII IN MALIBU

    ALOHA! Hawaii dreamin' in California at Duke's Malibu restaurant right on the well known PCH. Named for the Hawaiian Kama'aina (native) and famous "Father of International Surfing" as well as Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968), Duke's Malibu has photos of Duke surfing and Hawaiian decor throughout the restaurant.Hawaiian...

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  • A variety of foods!

    The Cafe serves casual Mediterranean-inspired fare and has indoor and outdoor seating. Wine and beer are also available. Menu selections are created seasonally, based on fresh local ingredients featuring organic produce whenever possible.The Coffee Kiosk near the Cafe entrance offers coffee, hot tea, espresso drinks, lemonade, and bottled...

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Malibu Nightlife

  • Very Quiet Nightlife

    Malibu doesn't really have much night life going on. A few places like the Pierview Inn, the Malibu Saloon, and Dukes have some lounge activity going down, but it's pretty quiet. If you're living in Malibu, it's cause you don't really want that at hand. So to get it rolling, you have to go into Santa Monica, Venice or elsewhere.

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  • Not much happens at night in...

    Not much happens at night in Malibu but one night after finishing my mountain bike ride, I spotted this photographer and his model. I took more risque pictures with their permission of course can't post those on VT. Well, for a photo shoot like this, wear as little as possible.

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  • Basically, in Malibu there is...

    Basically, in Malibu there is none. It's a day-time outdoorsy-type place for people who like their fun in the sun. At night people either go to the local sushi-bar (Zuma-Sushi) or private beach parties. Otherwise, they head into nearby Santa Monica or L. A. for nightlife.

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Malibu Transportation

  • Public Parking

    Gone are the days of free parking near the beach. So now, they have allotted areas of public pay parking. You will see these type of signs and I will tell you, although it was not a busy week day, they were checking the parking and the meters. This one was in front of the Adamson House and Surfers Beach.(23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Ca.) We...

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  • Do Malibu by coast- Ride the scenic 534

    Going along the Malibu coast via PCH is a must -do in southern California. If by bus, the MTA 534 route is the main way to go. Starting from Fairfax/Washington street intersection by downtown LA and Culver City, the 534 precedes in the heart of Santa Monica before arriving to Malibu in about 30-40 min. There are a good number of points of interest...

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  • Big Blue Bus

    In Malibu, we dont have trains or airplanes or metros or anything of that sort... but the only public transportation is the MTA buses. They are big and blue, and you can't miss them! Along the road, you can see the bus stops which in Malibu are benches and you can expect a bus to come around to any stop within 15-30 minutes. Its not my favorite way...

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Malibu Shopping

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  • So this is downtown?

    So we asked the valet at Duke's if Malibu had a downtown. He sent us to the Malibu Country Mart which is a series of strip malls. Sure, they're high end strip malls, but strip malls nonetheless. Not that we were looking to shop but most of the stores were closed anyway.

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  • TOURIST SHOP AT END OF MALIBU PIER

    This is your chance to kill 7 birds with one stone. 1.) Walk out to the end of the Malibu Pier on the Pacific Ocean. 2.) Watch the surfers at Malibu Point, Surfriders Beach. 3.) Look at Carbon Beach and Billionaires Row of beach homes from the seaside. 4.) Shop for that Malibu souvenir at the Malibu Beach Supply Company. 5) Get a bite to eat at...

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  • Where Sadie resides~

    This wonderful gift shop is located at the end of the pier. It has lots of wonderful Malibu branded souvenirs. Has some unique clothing items and one side of the store is dedicated to educational toys. Oh, if anything come see and say hello to cute Sadie!

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Malibu Local Customs

  • REAL ITALIAN GELATO FROM ITALY

    Gelato from Italy has come to Malibu. This gelato is different for California. It is organic and that will go over in Malibu. When I said gelato from Italy, I meant from Italy. All the ingredients are farmed in Italy. In the words of Grom:,"The liquid mixtures produced in the laboratory, are checked by a team of experts and then distributed 3 times...

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  • Respect residential areas and rest...

    that you can indeed walk the beach in Malibu. There have been some concern over beach walking along parts of Malibu's beaches. By law in California, all beaches are public so long as persons are "seaward of the mean high tide". All this means in the real world is you can wet your feet in the water and roam but do respect property of homeowners...

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  • While surfing,never cut off the guy who...

    Hi There:I'm Lanie and I will share a little bit about living in Malibu. First of all it took me a long time to move here. I lost my condo in the 94 earthquaqe. So, I stored all of my stuff and moved to a one room apartment on the beach. It is paradise, I am fortunate, and I am very appreciative of the beauty of the sea.

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Malibu Warnings and Dangers

  • SNAKES!!!!

    We didn't see any but then again we didn't spend a lot of time in this park. Nor did we veer off the walking trails.But hey, looks like someone was so frightened that they ran off an left their glasses case!

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  • Surfrider Beach

    Malibu has one of the distinctions of having an actual surfers ONLY beach. No swimming, wading, bodyboards and kayaks. Yet, just to the left of this sign is another sign that lets you know which is surfers only public beach and which side the public is allowed to swim. This particular day there was not too many people. It was such a beautiful...

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  • THE PACIFIC OCEAN IS COLD IN CALIFORNIA

    California ocean water is not the South Pacific, Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, Caribbean or any area near the Equator. Many tourists to the Los Angeles beach cities want to jump in and swim in the Pacific Ocean with out testing the water. Cold water can tie up your muscles and disable you from swimming. The water is cold most of the year and tolerable...

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Malibu Tourist Traps

  • From Beach Babes to Beach...

    Probably the biggest draw to Malibu is the beach. Since California is on the coast its not hard to find yourself ended up walking along the beach or even going for a swim. Surfers-- They are BIG here and can also be violent. It was published in the Malibu Paper about a "gang" called MLO which will go around and key your car, or pick a fight with...

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  • Even in summer the costal fog...

    Even in summer the costal fog can roll in early so if you wait too long, you might get trapped in the fog!

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  • Malibu Hotels

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Malibu What to Pack

  • Its not as hot as people think!

    Anything will do... it doesnt matter, it doesnt rain here...and if it does, its not usual except for a little dribble.. So pack anything thats comfortable i guess! If your planning on going to the beach (which you probably are) sandals would be fine... If your going out for a nice evening, woman can wear high heels, and men can wear dress shoes....

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  • Packing List

    Hiking Even though you're near the ocean, you should bring plenty of water because it can get hot up in the Malibu hills. the picture shows the junction of Bull Dog Motorway and Castro Motorway which is part of what's called the Malibu Backbone Trail.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Malibu Off The Beaten Path

  • MALIBU CANYON ROAD DRIVE

    .From Malibu to Calabasas on the valley side sits the main mountain pass called Malibu Canyon Road. Taking PCH northwest to Malibu Canyon Road will take you through temperature zones on your way up and over to the valley side. We call it the country in the city. The road is only two lanes and has sheer cliff drops. There are view points to stop so...

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  • Make new friends

    There's a park behind the Cross Creek Road shopping area. There's not much to it except for some seating areas where some surfers were smoking a doobie, and a playground where some guy was taking his kids to. But... they have some statues. And well... I just can't resist the photo ops!And since we're talking statues, there's a fun clown/waiter...

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  • Malibu Creek

    Malibu is a delicate, year round creek originating just a few miles North of Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is home to the endangered Steelhead and, accordingly, all you can do is enjoy the view of the creek. There are several turn outs on Malibu Canyon Road where you can stop. In addition to views of the creek, note the dramatic,...

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Malibu Sports & Outdoors

  • FISHING MALIBU PIER

    A fun thing to do in Malibu. Fish off the Malibu Pier. Standing on the pier facing west and you not only get to fish but you will get to watch the surfers off Surfrider Beach. Several types of fish are caught from the pier and pole holders and benches are provided. A great catch would be a flat bellied fish, the famous Malibu Halibut. Getting...

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  • SURFRIDERS BEACH AT MALIBU, CALIFORNIA

    Surfing is a California sport and a hot bed is in Southern California. One of the famous beaches with waves that support surfing is Surfriders Beach at Malibu. Movies have been filmed at this beach. Surfing movies like the Gidget films had been shot at Surfrider Beach. Great for longboarders and during the summer, surfers may fight for a spot on...

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  • Surf or DIe

    Surf baby! Go to the beach. Surfrider where So Cal Surf culture kind of lives on in the popular imagination, is a nice beach to watch surfing at, but the lagoon there is polluted from storm drain run-off. Go North Young Man..go North towards Point Dume or the Ventura County line.

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  • Wildlife - Raccoons

    The raccoons found in Malibu a sturdy, big and tough survivors. They have to hold their own against cougars and packs of coyotes. They will take off when able, but are very capable of defending themselves. This big guy was cruising near Malibu Canyon. They are not domesticated and you should not try and feed them or approach them.

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  • The do's and don't of Malibu

    Things you can't do - drink alcohol (unless at an approved organized do), smoke, bathe naked, take your dog or park for free.Doing research I came across this interesting bit of history:"The Chumash lived along the coast from Malibu to San Luis Obispo. They also lived in the interior valleys, such as Santa Ynez, Cuyama, Santa Clara and Simi. The...

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  • Malibu Pier Tower

    These buildings at the front of the pier I found interesting because they framed the entrance but didn't really match eachother. Still I knew they had some neat history. They were built in 1932 along with the wall that use to extend all the way to the Adamson House. They were used as a storage house and are decorated with the vintage Malibu...

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Top 10 Paddleboarding Beaches: Malibu

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Californians can debate for hours about which spots are the best, but votes were unanimous for Malibu amongst stand up paddle boarders. Gorgeous views, perfect weather, and miles of beaches to choose from exemplify why this city has been synonymous with surfing for years.

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