If you’re brave enough to face the traffic that often curls up the PCH, a paradise-like
destination awaits visitors at the end of the road in the famous beach city of Malibu, California
. It’s relaxed, filled with stars hiding out in their hill-top homes and sun-tanned surfers riding the waves. While this laid-back city lacks LA
flurry of activity, this is certainly a great part of Malibu’s appeal. So relax and enjoy the slower paced getaway that Malibu has to offer.
Malibu Hindu Temple
The beach town doesn’t lack for culture, showcased in this spiritual building, hidden in the forest of the Santa Monica Mountains. Modeled after a famous temple in India, its beautifully adorned and sculpted towers are a sight even for those who don’t come to practice the faith. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the rich history of Hinduism as told by the architecture of the temple.
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA, USA
Malibu Hindu Temple | Courtesy of Josh McNair, CaliforniaThroughMyLens.com
Cafe, American, $$$
Slurp down a huge, boba-inspired piña colada at this tropical hidden favorite on the beach. Patrons can even bring their cocktails out to the patio out back and wait for a table with their feet in the sand. The atmosphere is family friendly and the portion sizes are very generous for the price, with the menu featuring typical cafe items such as fish and chips and calamari.
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA
Waterfall Hike Escondido Falls
This is probably the most well-known waterfall hike in Southern California because it features the largest drop – at its tallest height, it goes up almost 150 feet. While this nearly five-mile uphill hike can be very strenuous, it is well worth the reward to see the waterfall in all its glory and relax near the peaceful pool below. Just be sure to go when it’s not too hot, or the hike will be extra difficult with no reward as the waterfall usually dries up in the summer due to the drought.
Surf competitions at Surfrider Beach
If visitors are lucky, in the summer months they can catch a plethora of surfing competitions that are part of the regular season. Right across the street from the Pepperdine campus, students and professional surfers alike flock to Surfrider Beach to watch these enormous competitions where locals camp out all day to watch the games while barbecuing and mingling. It’s a fun community to be involved in, and if visitors are lucky someone might even loan out their board and give a free surfing lesson.
23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA
Lunch on the pier at Malibu Farm
Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
Lunch on the pier at Malibu Farm
After hitting the beach and working up an appetite, stroll down the main pier in Malibu right off the PCH and into the quaint café and restaurant that’s situated right at the entrance. Malibu Farm is a delicious, sustainable restaurant focused on sourcing organic, local, and quality ingredients that are extra fresh and extra interesting. Dining farm-to-table (or ocean-to-table) while listening to the waves crashing beneath the deck feels like the most rejuvenating and wholesome way to eat.
Malibu Farm, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA, +1 310 456 8850
Malibu Farm’s Salmon Burger | Photo credit: Martin Lof
Cliff jumping at Point Dume
If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie than a relaxed beachgoer, there’s always the option to jump off the towering clifftops into the blue waters below. Jump with caution, of course, but it is pretty common to see experienced locals launching themselves from a precipice with ease. This is not for the faint of heart, but it is pretty amazing to watch the jumpers and the sunset from this incredible lookout spot.
Cliffside Dr, Malibu, CA, USA
One of the largest vineyards in the Malibu countryside, this is a popular place for Angelenos to head for a day of picnicking, celebration, and, of course, wine tasting. It’s a good alternative to get some fresh air and quality beverages without making the trek all the way to wine country in Northern California’s Napa Valley. Malibu Wines also hosts special events throughout the year such as outdoor movies and themed parties, in addition to doing a safari ride around the grounds.
31740 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA
Dinner at Mastro’s Ocean Club
This LA steakhouse staple gets a Malibu twist with its location right on the oceanside, the large windows opening up to offer diners the sights and sounds of the waves hitting the shore right next to their table. It’s the perfect atmosphere to accompany the famous seafood tower featuring oysters, crab legs, lobster, and shrimp, drenched in butter sauce, and steaming with dry ice. Of course, it also has massive ribeye steaks and warm butter cake that it is known for, as well to accompany their special seaside dinners.
Mastro’s Ocean Club, 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA, +1 310 454 4357
Ocean view and seafood tower | Photo courtesy of Mastro’s Restaurants