Malibu - California

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Malibu - Beaches & More

People who live in Malibu are constantly at the mercy of their precarious existence in this beautiful and dangerous stretch of the coast. Beach houses are dashed with ocean surf. Homes perch precariously on the Santa Monica Mountain slopes -- subject to occasional firestorms, and frequent mudslides, yet the incredible beauty of Malibu keeps them here, and visitors flock to the town to enjoy the beaches. Because of the narrow nature of the town -- crushed between the ocean and the mountains&emdash;most stores and restaurants are adjacent to the highway, including several inexpensive and casual seafood cafes.

What to See and Do

There's more to do here than beachcombing. Just above the Pacific Coast Highway is the J. Paul Getty Museum, the richest museum in the world, and the repository of a stupendous art and antique collection. The new Getty Center is being constructed on the West Side, but this location will continue to house the extensive Greek and Roman antiquities collection. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Parking reservations are required, call (310) 458-2003.

Just north of the museum entrance is Old Topanga Canyon Boulevard, providing one of the most scenic drives in the Los Angeles area. For a short and exciting loop drive, take this road from Highway 1.

Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area

Malibu is a short drive from the this wild, natural area, set in the coastal mountains above the coast, providing hiking and riding trails, fishing and wonderful views. Drive along Highway 1 and follow the signs. The area is open from sunrise to sunset. For information, call (818) 597-9192.

Will Rogers State Historic Park

Just south of Malibu, toward Santa Monica in Pacific Palisades, is the late humorist's former ranch property, with original ranchhouse furnishings, and Rogers' memorabilia intact for viewing. The park contains trails and picnic areas.

Malibu State Beach

Where to go for the ultimate L.A. beach experience! The beach at Malibu provides some of the best surfing conditions on the Pacific Coast. There are other smaller public beaches just off Highway 1.

Where to Stay -- Hotel Guide

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Malibu Beach Inn is a cozy little hotel with 44 rooms and three suites, at 22878 Pacific Coast Highway (310-456-6444). Rooms have private balconies and fireplaces. Continental breakfast is served ($$$).

Other accommodations are available in nearby
Santa Monica, Venice and Pacific Palisades.


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