Malibu, CA boasts almost 27 miles of coastline, most of it comprising impeccable stretches of sandy beaches or intricate rock formations. Its epic coastline makes this part of California one of the best for beach going in the state. Surfing culture was invented here, and the waves still attest to the sport’s popularity today. Plenty of public beaches offer their own particular feel, some large and popular and others offering a sense of solitude. Plus, there are plenty of hotels near Malibu to use as a base for exploring the area and savoring its laid back pace of life. (Image Credit: David Mark/Pixabay)
El Matador — Certainly one of the most picturesque beaches; this area has dramatic craggy rock formations. It isn’t quite as crowded as other beaches, making it perfect for those who want to savor the solitude and surf in peace.
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Westward Beach — There are lifeguards at this beach, making it ideal for playing in the waves safely. The surfing here is also some of the best in California.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach — An idyllic beach complete with a pier; this area also has a generous sandy stretch and excellent views of the surrounding hills. The interplay of freshwater and seawater meeting here creates both the lagoon itself and nearby wetlands with seabirds.
Lechuza Beach — Combine a bit of sunbathing with excellent opportunities for photographing rock formations at this public beach that features a more natural aesthetic. Bring snacks and drinks, as there are no facilities here.
Leo Carrillo Beach — If you’re traveling with a child or dog, this is the perfect beach to romp on, offering tidepools and a specially designated area just for dogs.
Zuma Beach — A favorite among California natives, this beach is the quintessential experience, with superb views, plenty of facilities and an excellent reputation as a swimming area.
Hyatt Regency Westlake — Located just over 20 minutes from Malibu, this hotel in Westlake offers a warm welcome in classic California style, with Mediterranean architecture, an outdoor pool accented by waterfalls, hot tubs and a patio with fire pits. Click here to check out their website.
Malibu Country Inn — A quaint hotel situated near a beach, offering pretty views and a New England aesthetic. Suites feature fireplace, Jacuzzi, and large floor plans, making it just as fun to stay in as it is to explore Malibu’s outdoor splendor.
Malibu Seafood — Quell your hunger after a long day at the beach with some fresh seafood at this casual eatery located on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Paradise Cove — A reasonably priced restaurant with its own private beach; it offers a range of dishes based on local seafood and California cuisine.
Nobu — This restaurant has a reputation for excellent sushi served in an upscale setting and providing superb sea views. Indoor and outdoor dining available.
Fly — Los Angeles International Airport is the closest to Malibu, and there are taxis available or bus routes to various points in the greater Los Angeles area.
Ride — The #534 Metro bus stops at many Malibu beaches as it travels down the Pacific Coast Highway.
Drive — Rent a car at LAX once you land or visit one of the rental offices located throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The Pacific Coast Highway is the main road running through Malibu, making navigation in the city easy.