The 8 Best Airbnbs in Malibu, California

Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California
Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California | © Bon Koo / Alamy Stock Photo
The coastal city of Malibu is the perfect place for a surfing trip, family getaway weekend, or local wine tour. From charming canyon retreats to spectacular houses that overhang the sandy beach, here are the best Airbnbs in Malibu for you to pick and choose for the ideal holiday.

Breezy Surf Cottage With Direct Beach Access

Shabby Chic Cottage with Private Beach Access
Shabby chic cottage with private beach access | © Eric / Airbnb

Lying right on the shore, this stylishly decorated beach cottage is the ultimate getaway. Take a nap on the outdoor patio to the sound of the Pacific Ocean, or descend the private staircase to go for a swim. Every space in the two-bedroom house has views of the sea, and the floor to ceiling glass doors open up to create a marvelous indoor-outdoor area.

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Sophisticated Canyon Retreat With Infinity Pool

Stunning Mountainside Retreat
Stunning mountainside retreat | © Michael / Airbnb

This four-bedroom home screams luxury mod with high-end design pieces in each room, like an Autobahn Pumpkin coffee table, David Weeks leather sling chair, and Aesop bath products. The secluded property sits high up over the Malibu coastline and has breathtaking mountain views that can be seen both inside and out thanks to floor to ceiling windows and glass doors. The comfortable patio area overlooks the large infinity pool and hot tub, ready for guests to unwind. The architecture and impressive attention to detail is enhanced by desert landscaping that blends the property into the surrounding area.

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Modern Luxury Home With Jacuzzi and Ocean Views

Malibu La Costa Beach villa
Malibu La Costa Beach villa | © Stuart / Airbnb

This large luxury home on the hillside is great for large groups of up to 10 people and features a contemporary design with high ceilings, wood and stone details, and top of the line appliances. It’s located on the mountainside of the Pacific Coast Highway, just a short distance from the beach. The outdoor spaces are the highlight of this location, which is praised for extraordinary ocean views. There’s a large wrap-around deck and a balcony with ample seating for al fresco dining, and a built-in gas grill with counter space to cook with ease. In the front yard, a jetted jacuzzi, wooden outdoor shower, and sun loungers look out to La Costa Beach, while an additional dining table is set farther away in a lush, intimate area.

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Rustic Mediterranean-style Converted Barn With Fire Pit and Hot Tub

Barn Conversion with Ocean Views
Barn conversion with ocean views | © Agatha / Airbnb

This romantic barn turned cottage is a hidden gem just minutes from the Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu beaches, but it seems a world away. Open beam ceilings, vintage furnishings, and Mediterranean-style tiles add to the magic of the space. Whales and dolphins are often spotted on the horizon from the charming patio area. After hitting some local surf spots, warm up next to the fire pit, or soak in the elevated wooden hot tub.

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Exclusive Beachfront Residence for a Large Group

Beachfront Villa
Beachfront villa | © Stuart / Airbnb

If you want to feel like a true celebrity, reserve this seaside estate in the coveted Malibu Colony neighborhood. The only thing between the deck and the ocean is a glass railing – you can’t get more beachfront than that! The three-story residence boasts a large hot tub and outdoor shower, barbecue, pool table, and private stairs to the beach directly from the deck.

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Affordable Mountain Sanctuary

Ocean View Malibu Mountain Retreat
Ocean view Malibu mountain retreat | © Ling And David / Airbnb

A winding drive up the mountainside takes guests to a lovely loft-style home perched on the cliffs. There are unforgettable views of the canyon and ocean from many places on the property, most notably from the wooden deck fitted with a dining table and barbecue for open-air meals. The open-concept living room brightens up the space, while the lush gardens and outdoor seating areas invoke a tranquil ambiance.

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Spacious Mini Mansion Right on the Beach

Malibu Mini Mansion
Malibu mini mansion | © Buy The Beach / Airbnb

Up to nine people can spend the day surfing or tanning at the beach, which is just steps away from this four-bedroom home. Barbecue or relax on one of two decks with sweeping views of the ocean. In the colder months, cuddle up next to the indoor fireplace, or head to the nearby Charmlee Wilderness Park or Leo Carrillo State Park for some hiking.

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Stylish, Modern Loft-Style Apartment With Stunning Views

Malibu Loft-Style Apartment
Malibu loft-style apartment | © Mario / Airbnb

Guests can watch a striking California sunset from the intimate rooftop patio of this chic loft apartment. The cozy space is ideal for couples and also features a small well-equipped kitchen, fireplace, boardwalk to the beach, and a chair swing right on the sand. Unlike some places in Malibu, here it’s possible to walk in both directions along the beach, even during high tide. Don’t forget to try some fresh local seafood at the nearby Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Café.

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These recommendations were updated on November 7, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.