When you close your eyes and picture quintessential California, Malibu is sure to come to mind. The famous beach city in Los Angeles has been the backdrop for many films, TV shows, and advertisements, and boasts that laidback surfer vibe where California girls sport blonde beach waves and perfect tans. While it can seem like a bit of a fantasy land, Malibu is a charming place to live or vacation, offering a rustic-meets-chic environment that will have wine lovers, beach goers, hikers, and foodies feeling fine.


Where to Eat:

Want lunch with a view? Whether it’s the backdrop of the mountains or the sea you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Malibu. For a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, check out Malibu Farm. This restaurant and cafe, located on the pier, uses local farmers’ markets and vendors to bring you farm-to-table fare in space boasting beach rustic decor. For that mountain vibe, check out Saddle Peak Lodge. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, you can expect a New American menu with exotic wild game.

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Where to Stay:

Despite having plenty of places to shop and dine, there are very few places to actually stay in Malibu, which means if you’re looking to book a hotel, you better call now. If you want to wake up and fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves, Malibu Beach Inn is the place to be. Centrally located yet right on the beach, it’s a beach-meets-chic hotel. It also features Carbon Beach Club — a delectable restaurant with stunning views of the ocean.

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Where to Play:

There are so many incredible places to hike in Malibu, including Solstice Canyon. This picturesque trail features sensational views of the ocean, and a year-round waterfall. For a bigger trek, the Mishe Mokwa Trail may be up your alley. It leads to Sandstone Peak, the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Feel like letting someone else take the reigns? Explore Malibu on horseback as you zip through Zuma Canyon. The beaches are also a must. When it’s beach weather (and usually it is!) check out Paradise Cove. It’s one of the most famous beaches in Malibu, where you can bring your own alcohol (besides hard liquor). For a more laidback vibe, plop down on Zuma Beach. Wine tasting is another must while in Malibu. Go on the Malibu Wine Safari, where you’ll sip wine while exploring the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard, home to alpacas, zebras, giraffes, and even bison. For dinner and a DJ, there’s no better place than Moonshadows.

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