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I have not have too many chances to explore Malibu in depth yet, but I think it is one of the most beautiful places to see in LA with its magnificent ocean view, lush nature and lovely beaches.
Located to the west of LA downtown Malibu stretches along the Pacific and Highway One, it houses one of the most popular surf beaches Surfrider Beach near the Malibu Pier. It is also well known for celebrities’ oceanfront homes. A popular spot for visitors in Malibu is the Getty Villa that features Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, which is on the right when you drive along the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica. In addition, Malibu also has lots of fine dining and cafes and good spots for shopping.
Since it stretches a long distance on the coast, Malibu has many pretty beaches. Point Dume, Zuma and El Matador are among the most popular and recommended beaches here. These beaches are relatively less crowded than the ones in Santa Monica and Venice so you might prefer Malibu if you do not mind driving a little more.
Malibu features the vast Malibu Creek State Park as well as other popular trails like Escondido Falls and Point Dume Nature Preserve some of which I mentioned in a previous blog on hiking spots. You can pick your difficulty level and natural setting (be it canyon, waterfall or hills) among the many hiking options in this area. Then, enjoy your time in Malibu’s amazing nature and ocean view. If you want to go on a dolphin and whale sighting, you must definitely head to Point Dume! You can also go up some of the hills (to your right) while you are driving along the Pacific to enjoy a quick peaceful ocean view.
The best way to get to Malibu is via car. There are also buses from Santa Monica that have stops in Malibu and you can always call Uber/Lyft. Nevertheless, I highlight recommend going with a car so that you can make the most of the trip.
Malibu is a little far from the USC campus area but if the distance will definitely be worth it for a well planned trip to Malibu where you can enjoy the wonderful nature and the attractions!
Thank you for reading, see you in a future post!
Published on July 9th, 2018
Last updated on April 1st, 2021