Located in Los Angeles County, Malibu is a gorgeous beach city on the Pacific coast, near the Santa Monica Mountains. It is best known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, awesome surfing waves and famous food scene. If you're looking for more peace and serenity, there are an abundance of beaches and nature trails where you can enjoy sweeping views of the city and the Santa Monica mountain range. They even have Malibu wine hikes on offer if you want to try something different. We've listed some recommended spots below, ready for your trip to Malibu, California.

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Malibu Beaches


Depending on whether you'd like to swim, surf or just curl up on the sand with a book, Malibu has you covered with a selection of perfect beaches for the occasion. Below are some of the top rated beaches in Malibu:

Point Dume State Beach

Over a mile long sandy beach, directly underneath the high cliffs, you'll be spoilt with scenery here with views of rocky coves and glistening waters. The beach is pretty large so it should be easy to find a spot, even during the busier days and seasons.


A great choice for swimming and playing volleyball, and very close to Point Dume State Beach if you wanted to visit both beaches. Zuma beach can be very quiet during the weekdays so is a perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun. Make sure you check the swimming signs as this beach is well-known for its sometimes dangerous riptides, there should be a lifeguard on duty in the summer months.

El Matador BEACH

A slight stretch of sand sometimes referred to as a "pocket" beach which has stunning views of rock formations and gigantic arches. El Matador Beach is very popular with photographers due to the stunning views and landscapes. During low tide, you're able to explore inside the stunning caves. Be sure to arrive early in peak times as this is a small beach and there is limited parking.

Billionaire's BEACH (Carbon Beach)

Nestled along Highway 1 with discreet access points just off the road, this beach is lined with dream properties which will leave you in awe of the beachfront life of these Malibu residents. Be sure to visit when the tide is low to avoid the sand disappearing due to rising waters.

Malibu Lagoon State BEACH (Surfrider Beach)

Pick up your surfboard or watch some awesome surfers riding the waves at the most premium surfing location in California, Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Also known as Surfrider Beach, this is a protected beach located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. The Malibu Pier is also located on this beach and offers beautiful views, plus a range of activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and boating.

The Getty Villa


A stunning piece of architecture and the original home of the Getty Museum which showcases a selection of Ancient Greek and Roman art, admission is free but you'll need to make a reservation. There are plenty of other cultural hotspots in Malibu too, such as the Surf Museum and upmarket shopping centres such as Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard.

Escondido Falls


Hiking to the Escondido Falls is a popular way to see stunning views and the 150ft waterfall. The trail is relatively easy and is open all year round for visitors. It is around 6km and is absolutely worth doing if you have time.

Malibu Farm


This incredible spot is split into two locations, the Restaurant (full-service) at the start of the pier and the Café (counter-service) at the end of the pier. You can check out the menu here for both and decide which one you'd like to visit. The Restaurant takes evening reservations but in the daytime, you may have to wait for a table but it is worth every minute. They serve farm-to-table, organic and delicious dishes and the décor is something out of an interiors magazine. Not to mention the stunning view of the Pacific Ocean right from your table. We'd highly recommend dining here if your plans allow.