25 Best Things to Do in Malibu, California

25 Best Things to Do in Malibu, California

Located in the Golden State of California, Malibu is a gorgeous beach city in Los Angeles county. The city is full of stunning sandy beaches and fishing piers overlooking the magnificent Pacific Ocean. This picturesque is known for homes of distinguished celebrities, including Robert Downey Jr., Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks, and many more.

The city is also known for its incredible surfing waves and Mediterranean climate. It is fondly called "the 'bu'" by the residents and surfers. Malibu coast has more than ten delightful beaches where you can soak in the Californian sunshine and enjoy the extraordinary Pacific Ocean's remarkable views. The city also has several nature trails where you can enjoy hiking while appreciating the beautiful beach city's sweeping views. Apart from all this, Malibu has several fine dining restaurants for you to enjoy delectable seafood.

Here are some of the best places to see and the best things to do in the sunny Californian city of Malibu.

Enjoy Wonderful Views From The Grotto Trail

Located near Malibu, California, with lovely wildflowers, Grotto Trail is a moderately easy 4-kilometre hike that leads the way to the charming grotto and waterfall. The trail is open year-round and is dog-friendly as well. If you want to enjoy an easy hike with a great payoff of beautiful views at the end, visit and hike the Grotto Trail when you visit Malibu.

The Magnificent Santa Monica Mountains

Santa Monica Mountains
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Malibu offers much more than stunning beaches and scenic trails. Santa Monica Mountains are a coastal mountain range, and it offers marvellous views of the city along with picturesque hiking trails and charming waterfalls. The scenery of the environment is phenomenal, with sunlight beaming down the mountains, the views all around are splendid. Make sure to take a hike upto the top to relish the most stunning views of the city as far as eyes can see.

Witness Amazing Art Collections At The Getty Villa

The Getty Villa
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Opened in 1974, The Getty Villa is a museum that showcases the art collection of the Gettys. The museum was formerly the residence of Paul Getty, who was one of the richest men in the world at a time. The estate is designed to resemble an Italian Villa from the 1st century. The collection displayed consists of 1200 works displayed in about 23 galleries. Apart from these 23 galleries, the museum also has five more galleries that display visiting or changing exhibits. The outsides of the museum are gracefully decorated with extensive manicured formal gardens.

Play Volleyball At Zuma Beach

Zuma Beach
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Located at Malibu's 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Zuma Beach is the largest and the most popular beach in the city. It is known for its excellent surf and its golden and shiny sand. The beach is perfect for spending a day enjoying various recreational and fun activities such as playing volleyball, building sandcastles, swimming, surfing, fishing, and much more. There are various fantastic eateries located nearby where you can eat delicious food after a day of fun.

Sunbathe At Westward Beach

Westward Beach
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Hidden away in the western side of Point Dume, Westward Beach is a three-mile-long stretch of shiny blonde sand and serene blue water. It is much quieter and less crowded than Zuma Beach, and its tranquil environment is perfect for sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and more. You can also spot dolphins, seals, and sea lions from the beach. Do not forget to relish the orange skies of the stunning sunrise or sunset from the Westward Beach.

Learn About Local History And Ecology At Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum

Built in 1929, Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum showcase Californian ecology and history. It is a historic house with Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture and is listed on National Historic Site and California Historical Landmark. Lush manicured gardens surround the impressive mansion. You can enjoy terrific views of the Surfrider Beach and the well-manicured grounds of the property. You can take a guided tour of the estate for $7 to know more.

See the Escondido Falls

Escondido Falls
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Escondido Falls is a famous hiking trail with a stunning 150-foot fall at the end. It is a 6-kilometre long trail and is open year-round for the visitors to enjoy. The hike is moderately easy and is absolutely worth doing with spectacular views from the top along with the gorgeous waterfall.

Enjoy The High-End Malibu Country Mart

Located in the heart of Malibu, Malibu Country Mart is a 6-acre boutique mall. It offers a unique experience of high-end dining, shopping, playing, and more. You can buy groceries, get your car fixed, buy a gown, and have a fancy meal, check out galleries, and get pampered all in one place.

Appreciate Spectacular Panoramic Views From Solstice Canyon

Solstice Canyon
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Solstice Canyon is a unique historical site located in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is surrounded by tall and gorgeous waterfalls that can be accessed by a two-mile hike. You can also access the insides of the Solstice Canyon by another arduous six-mile trek. Visit this scenic coastal canyon to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.

Hike In The Picturesque Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park
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Located in the enchanting Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park is a recreation park covering over 8,000 acres. It is often called "The Yosemite of Southern California" because of its dramatic peaks, oak savannahs, and rolling tallgrass plains. It is an excellent area for exploring and hiking, surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the park, mountains, and the ocean.

Relish A Sunrise Or Sunset From Point Dume State Beach and Preserve

Point Dume State Beach and Preserve
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Located on Malibu's coast, Point Dume State Beach is a promontory with soft white sand and rocky coves. You can enjoy hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing, and diving here with a beautiful view of the ocean mixed with greenery. Visit the Point Dume State Beach and Preserve and make sure to catch the sunrise or sunset from the coast.

Stroll Along The Malibu Pier

The Malibu Pier
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Malibu is known for its pier. Built in 1905, it is a fishing pier and is 780 foot long.  It is the heart of California's surf culture and is also called "The Riviera of America." It is a popular spot for fishing and surfing. You can stroll around here and appreciate the magnificent panoramic views of the blue ocean. Make sure to catch a sunrise or sunset from the pier.

Stop By The Leo Carrillo State Park

 Leo Carrillo State Park
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Leo Carrillo State Park is a coastal area with a 1.5 mile-long stretch of white sandy beach situated along the Malibu coast. It is famous for swimming, beachcombing, surfing, and windsurfing. The park has interactive displays and several trails for the visitors to enjoy.

Exquisite Views Of The Pacific Ocean From Nicholas Flat Trail

Nicholas Flat Trail runs through Leo Carrillo State Park and is 6.9 miles long. It is situated on 1,664 feet of elevation with rocky and sharp land. The hike along this trail is pretty tricky, but its highlights include the lovely plantlife of the terrain and exquisite views of the Pacific ocean.

Take Pleasure In The Idyllic Setting Of The Nicholas Canyon Beach

The Nicholas Canyon Beach
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Situated in Western Malibu, Nicholas Canyon Beach is a popular spot to hang out in the city. The beach is very peaceful with a charming, idyllic setting, which is perfect for surfing, swimming, beachcombing, windsurfing, surfing, and more. It is also called "Point Zero" by locals.

Enjoy Birdwatching At Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach

Located between Point Dume State Beaches and Leo Carrillo, Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach is a beach with small "pocket beaches" or coves. The three coves or "pocket beaches" of the State Beach are El Pescador, La Piedra, and El Matador. In the offseason, the beaches are empty and are perfect for relaxing and enjoying birdwatching, surfing, and beachcombing.

Hike Along with The Circle X Ranch

The Circle X Ranch
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Located about 17 miles away from Malibu in the western Santa Monica Mountains, Circle X Ranch is a pretty well-liked hiking location among tourists and visitors alike. Its main attraction is the highest peak in the Santa Monica mountains, the Sandstone Peak. The hike along the trails offers a chance for the hikers to see the coastal plant and wildlife.

Whale Watching In Malibu

Whale Watching Malibu
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The whales migrate along the Malibu Coast annually, mainly between February and April. You can easily spot whales while walking along the coast or the pier. Along with whales, you can also easily view sea lions, seals, and dolphins. The prime location to watch whales is Point Dume. You can also take tours with Malibu Coastal Adventures to view the animals up close.

Surf On Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach
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Located in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is a protected beach. It is also known as Surfrider Beach and is long-known for being the most premium surfing location in the entire state. The Malibu Pier is also located on this beach, and there are several recreational activities that can be enjoyed here, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, boating, diving, and much more.

Camping At Point Mugu State Park

Point Mugu State Park
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Nestled within the Santa Monica Mountains, Point Mugu State Park is a 5-mile long coastline. The park covers an area of over 40,000 acres, and some of its highlights are its unspoilt beaches, rocky hills, sand dunes, thriving valleys, and massive canyons. It also has two campsites for camps and trailers where you can enjoy camping in a beautiful environment overlooking the blue ocean and rolling hills.

Horseback Riding In Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park
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Situated in the Los Angeles' Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga State Park is a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It consists of striking cliffs and riveting canyons. It also contains 36 different nature trails that are popular for hiking, horseback riding, and biking. The trails offer impressive views of the city and its charming coastline.

Scrumptious Seafood At Malibu Farm Pier Cafe

Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
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Located at the end of the Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm Pier Cafe serves farm-to-table food. The cafe provides extraordinary views of the waters.  It caters to its wide customer base by serving gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian food as well. Make sure to try the smoked salmon, crabcake sandwich, and the fish tacos when you visit the cafe.

Appetizing Japanese-Cali Fusion At Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu
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Overlooking the stunning waters, Nobu Malibu is a renowned seafood restaurant, and its clientele consists of several Hollywood celebrities. It serves mouth-watering Japenese and Californian fusion food. Do not forget to order the sashimi taco, rock shrimp tempura, and wagyu beef. Also, make sure to stick around and enjoy the gorgeous sunset.

Relish Local Wineries

Malibu Wineries
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Not only Napa Valley, but California has charming and rustic wineries all over the state. Malibu is also a no stranger to excellent wineries with even more impressive wines. Some of the city's best wineries are  Cornell Winery & Tasting Room, Malibu Wines, and Malibu Family Wines.

Stay At The Malibu Beach Inn

The Malibu Beach Inn
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Located on the Billionaire's Beach, Malibu Beach Inn is Malibu's most luxurious hotel overlooking the magnificent Pacific ocean. The boutique hotel offers the most extraordinary views. It is also full of amenities such as private beaches, private balconies, soundproof rooms, conference rooms, gyms, and much more to make your stay as comfortable and worthwhile as possible.

Malibu is a fabulous beach city with stunning and worthwhile beaches along with gorgeous rolling hills, delectable food, celebrity sightings, vibrant culture, and several terrific hiking trails with magnificent views. This Californian beach city is full of new places to explore and things to do at every other corner. The mighty Pacific Ocean and its pristine blue water is definitely a treat to the eyes. Visit this wonderful town and experience its coastal life and golden sunshine yourself. Do not forget to tell us your favourite thing from the list and make sure to do all these things when visiting Malibu.

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