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 day!
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Ca.
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 in the summer.
Their should be little fear of sharks found in the local waters, but be aware of your surroundings in the water, just in case. Another thing that is found in the waters off the Los Angeles area beaches are rip tides that can pull you out to sea, perhaps further than you can swim to get back to shore. Waves can pound you down into the sand and keep you down for longer than you may be able to hold your breathe. Some times pot holes in the sand occur from pounding waves and if you cannot swim, be careful how far out you walk into the ocean as you could drop underwater in one of these holes. A sad danger is that the beaches also may be polluted after a heavy rain for some time. Check with the lifeguards before entering the ocean for pollution. The northwestern part of Malibu in the Zuma Beach area is usually clear of most pollution.
The good thing is that lifeguards are present at most beaches, either from lifeguard stations, patroling jeeps or lifeguard boats. You can still enjoy the beaches and the water. Just be aware of the dangers.
There are rules the keep the beaches off limits to dogs. Either there were idiots with dogs that did not know how to control them or there are idiots making rules. I don't make the rules. Blue and Panda were not aware of the rules or decided to ignore them and have a marvelous time at a beach that can not be disclosed due to possible criminal activities occuring thereon. Most of the time, if take your dog at the end of the day or early in the morning the dog gestapo are never around.
Admission to the Getty Villa is free at all times but you must pre-book your arrival time. You can do this on line up to four weeks in advance.
Your ticket includes a pre-booked parking place, which will cost you $8 on arrival. There is NO parking allowed anywhere within the vicinity of the villa and if you are not driving and parking you MUST arrive by public transport - the bus driver then punches your ticket and without that you will not be granted admission to the villa.
The museum website has full instructions on ticket availability, booking and how to get there.
Tidepool abuse is taken very seriously in Malibu. Pollution is evident at the Malibu State Lagoon Park. Be a considerate visitor and protect the beach marine environment. Pay heed to the signs, created by the Glazer foundation, illustrating the dangers of pollution and other concerns.
When in Malibu watch out for pretty much everyone. This is a place where the average income puts everyone in the top half of a percent of the richest people on the planet ( > 99.5%), but the average brain power in a full restaurant equals roughly that of a potato. The main focus of most Malibu people is how much money their father makes, what they're going to do that evening, and of course what they are going to wear while they do it.
Rain. It doesnt happen often here... but when it does (like this past couple of weeks) be careful. There are lots of mud slides and its been on the news that 25 homes were covered in mud in this past week. (Jan 7-12, 05) The PCH has been closed in some areas and every Canyon road in Malibu has been blocked off except Kanan. Not to mention, a lot of people out here are extremely bad drivers so i would watch out for them too!
This mud slide on PCH just happened a couple days ago and is still being de-flooded. I have a feeling it will take some time....
For all of you who aren't familiar with California's highway lingo, the PCH is short for Pacific Coast Highway. This highway is the coastal route most taken, and VERY famous for the number of death toll rates and the cops strict surveillance on it. At the end of every month you can better expect to see more police on the PCH and not always in visible sight. During the summer is the worst. So many people are flocking to the beaches to go surfing, its usually bumper to bumper traffic along the PCH and with all the bad drivers, it leads to many accidents, although not always that serious. But watch out when you think the road is clear and you can coast because more often or not, there will always be a sneaky little cop looking for you, already writing that speeding ticket as you fly by!
Drive carefully along the mountain roads in Malibu. Some drivers went too fast and went over the side of the road, landing in this ravine.