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Things to do in Malibu

Malibu is one of the most desired locations to live in in the world. Next, to the world famous Calabasas, where Kris Jenner lives, Malibu is a place that many of us know from films and TV. Luckily, you can just visit if you don’t have the money to set up home there full time. When you do visit, the following sites and activities will definitely call to you.

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Zuma Beach

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Popular with all sorts including bodybuilders, volleyball players, and surfers, the waves at Zuma Beach offer a selection of lefts, rights, and barrels to ride. The beach itself isn’t too shabby either with miles of fine white sand to walk along. There are even some decent hotels like the Malibu Country Inn along the beach line, making it super easy to get a great spot on the sand every morning. You don’t even have to pay the daily fee for beach parking if you choose to stay in one of the accommodations there!

Malibu Pier

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If you are searching for a little retro, nautical character, then look no further than the adorable Malibu Pier. Built around the 1950s, you can walk along its length, hire a boat and explore the coastline, or even fish from the side. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat there as well including a cafe and a more formal restaurant. Both offering fresh sourced, local ingredients cooked in a simple style.

Boney Peak

If there is one thing that Californians love it’s hiking, and as you would expect Malibu is a great place to strap on those boots and explore the great outdoors. In particular, you should head on over to Boney Peak, known affectionately as Mount Boney by the locals, which is a peak located in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Climbing Mount Boney will get you some pretty amazing views around the surrounding area, and there are some great trails to hike too including the Mount Boney Overlook Trail while you are in the vicinity. This is something that can make it a visit well worth making.

Trancas Country Market

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Apart from the beach life and those ever so healthy long hikes, Cali’ natives have another favorite past time, shopping! In fact, Malibu is a great place to spend some dollars and get the latest purchases endorsed by the fashion savvy.

In particular, fans of retail therapy should try the Trancas Country Market in western Malibu. It’s a darling little venue set up to look like a vintage barn complex.

There you’ll find old-style grocers, as well as an obligatory Starbucks where you can top up on your caffeine levels. There is also a cool little shop call Malibu Beach House where you can find all sort of en-vogue home objects. Perfect for creating that relaxed hippie chic vibe in your own place when you return home.

Adamson House

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Lastly, if you are looking for a little history and culture why not make the trip to the Adamson House? It’s a 19th century estate located right on the coast, and there you can walk the grounds, tour the house, and even check out The Malibu Lagoon Museum.

The Lagoon Museum is an educational facility that details the transition from the native Indian culture to the Spanish Californian culture that is prevalent in the air today and is a great way of absorbing some of the history of Malibu during your trip.

 

 

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  1. I can’t talk about my time at USC without mentioning Malibu which has a mystique that I cannot totally put into words. My first time there was with my Chi Phi Big Bro, Al Caberlof. Al’s Porsche had the top down as we breezed along the Five-lane wide 405 Freeway on a golden Southern California afternoon. We soon found ourselves hugging the winding curves of Pacific Coast Highway as we made our way to the Promised Land of Malibu. On our left lay vast sandy beaches dotted with surfers, and beach bunnies. On our right the steep hills of Malibu beckoned you to pay attention. I remember witnessing large houses that cantilevered off of these steep brown mounds of dirt. And what sticks in my memory most is the golden honey light that bathed all who were fortunate to be here.
    On another enchanted evening, a few months later, I double dated with my roommate, Bob and two sorority girls. We plopped our firm bodies down on the sand and staked our claim, as the sunset arrived to escort us into early evening. We all sat on the sand and talked. And talked. And then kissed. And talked some more. All the while the soft roar of the Pacific Ocean was in the background.
    Nearby, a bunch of teenage groups were scattered out amidst the fine white sand, and several of them lit small ‘camp’ fires that dotted the landscape. It was almost scripted—I thought the Beach Boys would pop out behind a lifeguard tower and start playing “Surfin’ U.S.A.”

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