There’s a reason Malibu is home to many celebrities!  Malibu’s cliffs are beautiful, the beaches are spectacular, and the Santa Monica Mountains offer incredible hiking opportunities. There is something for everyone in Malibu; surf, horseback ride, shop the boutiques or go wine tasting. The cherry on top? Dolphins!  Malibu is close to Los Angeles and a must visit when in the area. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time in Malibu to help you plan the perfect escape and fall in love with the ‘Bu!

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The Best Things to do in Malibu

  • Rent a surfboard, paddleboard or kayak from the Surf Shack and hit the water
  • Visit Malibu’s Hindu Temple and observe a ceremonial offering or meditate
  • Tour the Adamson House and walk the gardens
  • Walk the Malibu Pier for coastline views and grab a shake at Ruby‘s Shake Shack
  • Shop the boutiques at Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard
  • Wander the 830-acre hillside campus of Pepperdine University
  • Check out the ancient art from Greece and Rome at the Getty Villa Museum
  • Go horseback riding with Malibu Riders
  • Take a wine safari at Saddleback Ranch
  • Get as close as you can to the Bachelor Mansion (2351 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills)
  • Search out where the stars live, use this map and this site to plan your route

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The Best Malibu Beaches

  • Watch the surfers at Surfrider Beach
  • Play volleyball on Zuma Beach
  • Check out the tide pools and cave at Leo Carrillo Beach
  • Go Instagram crazy over the cliffs and sea stacks at El Matador Beach
  • Check out the homes of Billionaire’s Beach, the gate at 22126 PCH is not locked
  • Gaze at the homes of Malibu Colony, gather beach glass and watch the dolphins
  • Download the Our Malibu Beaches App for secret staircases and unlocked gates

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The Best Malibu Hikes

  • Hike to Jim Morrison’s graffiti covered, bubble gum pink cave
  • Hike Solstice Canyon past mansion ruins from wildfires
  • Hike to Escondido Falls, a 150-foot waterfall in the Santa Monica Mountains
  • The Grotto Trail is an easy 3-mile hike leading to a grotto and waterfall
  • Hike to the taping location of MASH at Malibu Creek State Park
  • Hike at Paramount Ranch, Hollywood’s block long western town in the hills
  • Walk Point Dume Natural Preserve loop for a 360° view of Malibu

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The Best Malibu Restaurants

  • Dukes, Gladstones, Geoffery’s or Moonshadows for ‘as seen on TV’ experience
  • Malibu Farm has two locations on the pier for organic food
  • Neptune’s Net for a seafood shack experience of fish taco’s with pineapple slaw
  • Malibu Seafood (red lobster sign) is the place for takeout fish and steak fries
  • Grab a table and eat on the sand at Paradise Cove
  • Malibu Kitchen is a New York Style Deli, get the meatloaf sandwich
  • Bring your own picnic to Malibu Wines for wine tasting and live music
  • The Malibu Cafe is an all-day affair serving Nouveau Barbeque in an outdoor ranch setting with couches, chandeliers hung from trees, pool table, bocce ball, over-sized games and a pond with rafts

Visit the California Office of Tourism at Visit California for a travel planning guide

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The Best of Malibu's ocean side cliffs, spectacular beaches, incredible hiking, surfing, horseback riding, boutique shopping, wine tasting... there's so much to love about Malibu California!