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MalibuUnited States of America

This laid-back beach city is a popular destination for surfers and sunbathers. Spot famous residents, explore the university and enjoy the view from the pier.

Malibu is a picturesque beach city north of Los Angeles. It is home to many scenic beaches and a thriving community of surfers, who refer to the city as “Bu.” Its temperate climate and scenic coastline make it the ideal beach getaway. Malibu is especially popular with celebrities, due to its proximity to Hollywood. Sunbathe on the white sand and cool off in the ocean or explore the city’s museums and colonial houses.

Ride the waves at Surfrider Beach. Its choppy waves are ideal for experienced surfers. Enjoy the scenic views from Malibu Pier and dine on fresh seafood at the café. If you prefer, go fishing off the pier and catch your own. Bring your own gear or rent it from a shop at the ocean end of the pier.

Spend the afternoon at the stunning El Matador Beach. Marvel at the caves, rock formations and panoramic ocean views. It is more remote than other beaches and is only accessible via a dirt path and staircase.

Sunbathe on Zuma Beach, another great surfing location. Join in a game of volleyball, go for a swim or lay out a blanket and have a picnic on the warm sand. Malibu was once famous for its nude beaches, but they are now illegal in Los Angeles County.

Cycle along the Pacific Coast Highway for unobstructed views of cliffs and ocean. Visit Adamson House, the villa where the city’s original owners once lived. The Malibu Lagoon Museum is part of the complex. Peruse the hand-painted murals on the walls and learn about the family that occupied the house.

Tour the grounds of Pepperdine University. It is famous for its scenic campus with charming gardens, ocean views and an art museum. Visit the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood and browse sculptures, antiques and ancient artifacts from Greece and Rome.

Malibu is about an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. By bus it takes about twice as long. Head inland to explore the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Where to stay in Malibu

Top Hotels in Malibu

New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
4 out of 5
33461 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
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Located in Western Malibu, this golf cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Nicholas Canyon Beach and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. El Pescador State Beach ...

New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
Malibu Country Inn
Malibu Country Inn
3 out of 5
6506 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA
The price is NT$4,393 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Central Malibu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Paradise Cove is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (355 reviews)
Cute hotel

"Great location. Room had been renovated to some extent. A few quirks. The front door knob didnt feel very secure. No door knob on bathroom, draperies were installed in a strange manner and hard to operate. Price tag hanging from ceiling light fixture. So just attention to detail is a bit lacking. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/10

Malibu Country Inn
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
4.5 out of 5
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA
The price is NT$15,270 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Located by the ocean, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Westlake Village Golf Course, and Pepperdine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (240 reviews)

"CR was absolutely amazing ! It’s luxurious, cozy and romantic!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/25

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Malibu

New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
4 out of 5
33461 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Located in Western Malibu, this golf cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Nicholas Canyon Beach and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. El Pescador State Beach ...

New Listing! Pacific Paradise W/ Outdoor Kitchen 3 Bedroom Home
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
3.5 out of 5
22816 Pacific coast Hwy, Malibu, CA
The price is NT$5,018 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Nestled on the beach, this Eastern Malibu apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Pepperdine University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (107 reviews)
Wonderful Beachfront Location

"If you're looking to be on the water in Malibu, this is the place. Tucked between the world famous Nobu restaurant and Malibu Beach pier this beach front location was perfection. The view from the apartment cannot be beat as you open up four doors and see nothing but water. Start and end your days ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/23

Malibu Beach Paradise Apartments
Malibu Ocean Front Villa
Malibu Ocean Front Villa
4 out of 5
20842 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA

Located in Eastern Malibu, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Las Tunas State Beach, Topanga State Beach, and Surfrider Beach. Malibu Pier is 2.8 mi ...

Malibu Ocean Front Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 31, 2020

STUNNING!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 12, 2020

Beautiful place to visit. Lots to do and beaches and views are beautiful. Lots of food and dining selections.

4/5 - Good

Daniel

Feb 14, 2020

El Matador Beach and Point Dume State Marine Reserve are wonderful.

5/5 - Excellent

J.Epperson

Jan 21, 2020

Traffic sucks, but the area is beautiful and the weather is amazing.

3/5 - Okay

CurtBlackburn

Nov 21, 2019

The Woosley Fires of 2018 really did a number on Malibu and surrounding area, its been a year and very little building happening. Quite sad really.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 15, 2019

It was a beautiful weekend but it is very busy on the Coast Highway.

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