Malibu hugs the Pacific Ocean, north of Santa Monica in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County. Because of the town's location on the ocean and the proximity to downtown L.

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Paradise Cove

On its own private beach, the ONLY beach in all of Southern California that allows alcohol. Has a private picnic area with tables and chairs, no need to purchase food from the restaurant. There is parking which you need to pay, you can get your ticket validated inside. The atmosphere is great and the food is pretty good, this is the local hot spot for people of all ages. Romantic enough for a date but fun enough for the whole family. Can get very, very crowded in the morning so call ahead and make your reservation (probably a good idea regardless of the time slot).

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine boasts the best ocean views of any college campus in the United States and is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as having the most beautiful campus in the United States. The University now also consistently ranks in the Top 40 academic programs in the United States. Pepperdine ascends up from Pacific Coast Highway on a huge piece of land, and the Pacific ocean feels part of this uniquely beautiful campus. Of particular note are the Heroes Garden on the Drescher Graduate Campus, the Weisman Museum of Art, and Stauffer Chapel.

Malibu Lagoon

Malibu Lagoon is an estuary at the mouth of Malibu Creek. This area is home to one of the most famous famous surf breaks in Los Angeles County, a beach that played a central role in the development of the West Coast surf culture. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Recently the lagoon has undergone an extensive, although controversial, restoration to deal with water quality issues that have plagued the area.

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Reel Inn

Malibu's upscale version of fast food, the ordering process at Reel Inn is simple: choose a fish, two sides, and either salad or cole slaw, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and then wait at a bench (indoors and outdoors) while your food is prepared. The fish is good, the prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is friendly. Valet parking is mandatory on weekends, and parking attendants have been known to mix up keys.


A surfing themed restaurant and bar that is extremely popular. Tuesday's Happy Hour is called Taco Tuesdays, where you can eat grilled fish tacos and have a couple beers for a couple dollars. Very popular with the locals.


Chic terrace with a stunning view of the ocean, excellent food, friendly staff, and celebrity doodles on the walls. The Bentlys, Rolls Royces, and other lux autos in the parking lot give you an idea of cost.

Malibu Seafood

Very popular and delicious seafood stand / restaurant, a great place for lunch on a hot Malibu beach day. Fish is caught fresh in the morning before they open. Try the popular ahi tuna burger.

Coral Beach Cantina

An excellent Mexican restaurant offering tasty food in a relaxed sit-down environment. Entrees will cost between $6 and $12, and portion sizes are reasonable.

Casa Malibu Inn

Located on the beach in the heart of Malibu. It is quaint among Malibu hotels, with only 21 Beachfront and GardenView rooms and suites.

Malibu International Film Festival

This film festival is a one-day event established in 1997, showcasing American and International independent films.

Malibu Shores Motel

Located across from Surfrider Beach, this motel is more well-suited for families than most Malibu hotels.

Moon Shadows

Great place to get a drink and watch the sunset. Especially popular on sunday afternoons.

Malibu Beach Inn

Has perhaps the most central location of Malibu hotels, on PCH in the heart of Malibu.

Malibu Country Inn

A charming Cape Cod style hotel tucked along the beachside bluffs of Malibu.

Spruzzo's Cafe

Has become the new spot for local nightlife with their newly remodeled bar.

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Solstice Canyon

A popular 2.6 mile round-trip that leads to a 30 foot tall waterfall.

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Topanga Ranch Motel

30 ocean-front cottages located across from Topanga State Beach.

Malibu Motel

One of Malibu's less expensive options.

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