Top 5 things to see and do in Malibu
Malibu can be done with a quick half day experience or spend the entire day to explore the 29 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway in what is some of the most prestigious real estate in the World! Malibu is more than just celebrity homes and convertibles! Here are our top 5 must sees when you take the trek along the Highway 1!
1. Adamson House & Malibu Lagoon Museum.
23200 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
The Adamson House is a popular attraction along the southern coast of California. The Spanish Colonial Revival home has been called the “Taj Mahal of Tile” which helps describe its impressive display of ceramic tile and helps satisfy our innate urge to be creative with language. The tile is showcased on the exterior by the a tile tub that the Adamsons used to wash their dogs. There is also a Peacock Fountain and Star Fountain. The Peacock Fountain is interesting because they purposefully placed one of the pieces incorrectly, since only god is allowed to be imperfect. (My experience tells me that they didn’t need to go through the trouble. There would invariably be a flaw even if they put the piece in correctly).
2. Paradise Cove
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
Just past Pepperdine University you’ll take a left turn into Paradise Cove. Paradise is great spot to grab some lunch.
You’ll notice some of the reviews online are mixed but all in all as a tourist destination this is great stop as it provides a killer view, decent food, and a cold beverage as you watch the waves roll in. The best part is that you can have drink on the sand which I believe is the only legal place you can do that in Los Angeles County. Have some cash handy for parking which is normally $3-5 and you are able to get a discount if you were Validated in the restaurant.
3. Zuma Beach
30050 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
Work off that lunch from Paradise Cove with a long walk along the beach (you are welcome ladies!). Zuma has some of the best views towards the West and is usually a busy beach with a combination of locals and tourists. Beach has everything you need from beach volleyball courts, public restrooms, changing rooms, showers, snack shacks and on-site life guard towers. There are several large parking lots with spaces available for a small fee and ample free street parking along PCH.
4. Solstice Canyon
Corral Canyon Rd Malibu, CA 90263
Located in the Santa Monica Mountains, this scenic coastal canyon offers up many panoramic hiking opportunities. One of the best parts of Solstice is that it can accommodate all levels of activity. There is creek bed that runs all the way through the canyon that has some rock climbing opportunities that want something a little more adventurous then the well groomed trail option. Bushfires have run through the canyon and has wiped our some historic homes. If you do decide to go off the beaten path please be careful of poison oak (similar to Poison Ivy).
You are able to see them at the end the trail which is a good halfway point. After the hike take a short drive to Malibu Wines (malibuwines.com) which has a tasting room and wine estate that rivals those of Napa, and Sonoma areas of Northern California.
20356 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Finish your day off right with stop in for happy hour or diner at Moonshadows on the way back to Los Angeles. Indulge in a dining experience that will scintillate all your senses. Located right on the waves of Malibu it provides the perfect backdrop of a perfect Malibu Sunset. Hear the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. From a midday brunch to supper at sunset, whether you sit out on the sundeck or unwind indoors, Moonshadows is the ultimate casual dining setting, right on the Malibu beach.