Driving up PCH, top down, alongside Malibu Beach in perfect weather taking in the smells and fantastic views of the coast, there is nothing like it.
This strip of prime Pacific coastline is nick-named "Bu" by the locals and surfers. It is also home to many famous people in the entertainment industry.
Zuma Beach. The locals just call it Zuma. 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. It’s more than 2 miles long and has one of the finest strands of white-tanned sand in California. It has plenty of parking, restrooms, showers and concession stands. This beach is great for swimming, fishing, sun bathing, people watching and the waves are great for body surfing. They also have volleyball courts and Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours.
Surfrider Beach is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world. There are 2 beach entrances. First Point has a staircase that leads to the beach and Third Point offers a nice quarter-mile trail through the lagoon to the beach. The lagoon is a bird sanctuary and was created by the run-off from Malibu Canyon. This beach is just North of the Malibu Pier and produces some of the best long-boarding waves in the country. 23050 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador is where you want to be if you are seeking solitude. Each has 20 to 40 parking spots and rough trails or stairways down to the beaches. The largest and most beautiful is El Matador with rock arches and a few picnic tables. It's easy to miss the small, brown sign pointing toward the tiny parking lot at the trailhead leading to El Matador, so keep your eyes wide open between Broad Beach and Decker Canyon roads.
Point Dume is a truly awesome beach. It’s less crowded than the ever-lasting party at Zuma. Point Dume is where locals and tourists in-the-know travel for a quieter beach experience. This is my favorite Malibu Beach. It’s located at 7103 Westward Road, Malibu. There are restrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards, enough parking and it is wheelchair accessible. It’s not as crowded as Zuma although it does get busy on the weekends in the summer.
The Malibu Beach Pier brings back one really great memory for me. I have a lot of great memories of being a kid and going to this pier but this memory will last me for the rest of my life. I got married one hot September day in 1989. Right after the ceremony and before the reception we got in the limo and went for a drive. Not knowing where we were going we just knew we needed to take enough time to allow our guests to get from the church to the reception which was held in my parents backyard. So we took the best man and the maid of honor and the four of us headed for the beach.
We ended up at Malibu Pier, wedding dress, tuxes and all! The 5 foot train on my dress had not been pinned up yet but we decided to take a walk out to the end of the pier. The four of us walked out to the end, people starred, my dress was flowing in the wind, and the weather was perfect.
Alice’s Restaurant sits at the beginning of the pier, so on the way back in, we went in the restaurant, got a table, ordered drinks and my brand new husband stands up, clinks a fork on his glass and loudly says, “May I please have everyone’s attention?” Then he says, “I’d like to make a toast to my beautiful wife, as of, umm, (looks at his watch) about an hour ago!” The whole restaurant cheered! I never thought I'd end up on a Malibu Beach that day!
My only regret? I only wish we had a camera with us. We had no clue we would end up on the Malibu Pier and we didn’t have cell phones back then. Oh and by the way, we were totally late to our own reception but I wouldn’t change a thing!
Malibu Surf Shack - Surf lessons on a Malibu Beach, kayaking lessons and kayaking tours availble. 22935 Pacific Coast Highway. (310)456-8508
Getty Villa Malibu - Located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway. It's a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Admission is free, parking is $8.00 and reservations are necessary and may be obtained by calling (310)440-7300
Weisman Museum Of Art - Located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, on the grounds at Pepperdine University. The museum provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions. It's open Tuesday thru Sunday 11:00 to 5:00. Admission is free. For more info call (310)506-4556
Adamson House and the Malibu Lagoon Museum - Located at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway. This historic house contains original furnishings and is decorated with beautiful Malibu Potteries tile. Open Wednesday thru Saturday 11:00 to 3:00. Tuesday is reserved for groups and reservations can be obtained by calling (310)456-8432 The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare documents and photographs depicting the colorful history of Malibu. Learn about dramatic episodes in Malibu's rich history: the Malibu Railroad; the 50-room Castle on the Hill; the 17-year legal battle over a Malibu highway. The museum tour takes the visitor from the early Chumash Indian era through the Spanish California culture. Admission to the museum is free.
Wine Tasting in Malibu - The cozy tasting room of Malibu Wines is nestled above the Malibu Coast line and is located at 31800 Mulholland Highway. Rosenthal Estate Wines tasting room is located at 26023 Pacific Coast Highway.
Malibu Riders - Horseback riding in the beautiful Zuma Canyon National Park. Enjoy breath-taking mountain, ocean, Malibu Beach and island views from the 3-mile loop trail that climbs the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. It costs about $50 per person. For reservations call (818)510-2245
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