Did you know that the very best time to visit Malibu is in the fall and spring? With the large summertime crowds gone, yet temperatures still desirable, this is an ideal getaway whether it’s for a weekend or a day trip.
Approximately 70 miles, or 1 ½ hours away from Orange County, Malibu, or the “bu” as it is called, is set along 27 miles of beautiful coastline with approximately 30 spectacular beaches. Home to the rich and famous and the generally affluent, this community is known for its oceanfront homes, one of a kind beaches, unforgettable sunsets, upscale retail centers, hiking trails and more. And while it’s a haven for the Hollywood elite, Malibu is welcomed for its laid back, approachable lifestyle.
Some of the best places to visit, people watch, dine and explore are listed below for those unfamiliar of all that the town offers. From wine tasting to surfing, here is a compilation that is fit for any budget.
Of course, Malibu is known for its beaches. And no visit would be complete without visiting at least one, or hopefully more, whether you want to see a sunset, surf or catch some sun.
Zuma Beach is perhaps one of the more popular and beautiful beaches around. Here you can feel, especially in the fall months, like no one is around. You won’t have to worry about crowds or people stepping on your beach towel. If you want even more privacy, consider one of the lesser known beaches, such as Latigo Beach, Big Rock, Puerto, Escondido or Amarillo.
Better yet, many consider Lechuza Beach not only the most private, but also the most scenic with sea cliffs, rock formations and tide pools. Finally, if you want to hang where many movie stars and moguls live, Carbon Beach, often referred to as Billionaire’s Beach, is open to all during the daytime hours. However, non residents only have rights to the mean high tide line. Here you will discover one of a kind mansions built right on the sand for its unparalleled ocean views.
Here is a great photo opportunity with a Malibu icon. Adjacent to Surfrider Beach, this historical landmark built in 1905 offers good food and fun. Enjoy the Malibu Farm Pier Cafe at the end of the pier for counter service, or the full service restaurant, Malibu Farm Restaurant, at the beginning of the pier. This is not a long pier so to speak, but it does get crowded during the summer months, another reason to visit this fall. And Surfrider Beach? Simply beautiful.
Horses or Kayaks anyone?
Take your adventure a little further and rent a kayak at the Surf Shack and try and catch the dolphins in action. You can also rent paddleboards, surfboards, body boards as well as wetsuits. Guided kayak and paddleboard tours take you on a 2 hour coastal tour and a great way to see all of Malibu.
If horseback riding along the beaches or one of the many trails in Malibu is on your bucket list, there are several options. Malibu Riders offers several guided packages through Malibu Creek, Paramount Ranch (takes you to a ghost town set used in several movies) as well as Zuma Canyon. Planning to propose? How about a romantic, private horseback adventure via the company, Los Angeles Horseback Riding. With three different proposal packages, you can ride up the Topanga Canyon with all the details you desire, and pop the question in beautiful scenery.
Where to shop?
Shopping would not be complete without visiting the very popular Malibu Country Mart. Rustic with a mix of architectural styles, but with high end boutiques, art galleries, and casual dining, this sought after destination is located in the heart of the Malibu Civic Center and not far from Pepperdine University. A great place to relax, indulge and people watch! Chances are, you can get your entire shopping fix from this locale alone as it personifies Malibu at its best.
Where to stay?
Looking for a weekend getaway? You will need a place to stay. The Malibu Beach Inn is a small yet posh boutique style hotel renovated by David Geffen in 2007. It has 47 rooms and located right on the beach, just a three minute walk from the Malibu Pier. Other hotels include, Calamigos Guest Ranch (their restaurant Malibu Cafe serves a great brunch) and Beach Club and The M Malibu. If camping is your style, make a reservation for Leo Carrillo State Park with shaded spots and access to the beach.
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Here are some additional stops you may want to include, depending on what you want to see during your visits.
Wine Safaris. This is a tour through the beautiful vineyards in Malibu Mountains. Drink wines from grapes grown locally while viewing the exotic animals that live on the property including water buffalo, camels and a giraffe. Plenty of great photo ops.
If Malibu, or any getaway, is in your future, make the trip complete with a full service limousine service. Not only will it start and end your visit in style, you can enjoy without any stress, take friends, and leave the rest to us.