Romantic, luxurious, and extraordinarily beautiful, Malibu is a seaside town frequented by many rich and famous people. With cliff-top homes overlooking an expanse of fine-sand beach and spectacular Pacific views. It’s also known for its fantastic surf-favorite waves, iconic fishing pier, and shops at the Malibu Country Mart.
Here’s what to see in Malibu, California
Malibu California, what to see
The Getty Villa is the former residence of Paul Getty and is designed to resemble a 1st-century Italian villa. Today it serves as an educational center and a museum housing the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, with over 44,000 Roman, Greek, and Etruscan artifacts.
The permanent collection of 1,200 works is displayed in 23 galleries, while a further five galleries host changing exhibitions.
The villa is surrounded by a large and beautiful formal English garden full of roses and ivy. With a large number of Roman statues nestled in the greenery.
Leo Carrillo State Park
This beautiful state park is a coastal area named after the actor, conservator, and environmentalist Leo Carrillo. Famous for playing Pancho on the TV series Cisco Kid. Carrillo went on to work for the California Beach and Parks Commission for 18 years.
Its namesake park consists of a 2.5km stretch of beach perfect for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, and beachcombing.
Driving along the East Pacific Coast Highway, you can’t resist stopping to step on the fine sands of Zuma Beach, which is the largest, most beautiful, and most popular in Malibu; it’s perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball, surfing, and even fishing.
There are lifeguards on duty around the clock and the beach has consistently received high marks for its quality. There are many good restaurants nearby, from casual to gourmet. In winter you can enjoy the view while hiking the hill above the beach, watching the seals and dolphins.
Much quieter than Zuma Beach, Malibu’s Westward Beach is an almost 5km long stretch of sand under the west side of Point Dume, with fine sand and crystal clear waters. Cliffs jutting out into the ocean shade the beach below, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and fishing.
There are showers, toilets, and picnic tables, as well as the popular The Sunset restaurant. There are also several trails leading from the beach to Point Dume Natural Preserve. Westward Beach is also great for spotting sea lions, seals, and dolphins who enjoy visiting the area.
Adamson House and Lagoon Museum
Adamson House is a Spanish Colonial Renaissance-style home with spectacular views of Surfrider Beach and lush gardens, built-in 1929 for the wealthy Rindge family. The house is covered with beautiful blue, green, yellow, and orange tiles, created in the renowned Malibu ceramics; it is located on the beach and surrounded by a high fence. Guided tours of the house offer a rare opportunity to see Malibu’s way of life and history in the early 20th century.
The Malibu Lagoon Museum is located next to Adamson’s house and contains a rich collection of rare artifacts, photographs. And documents that tell the story of Malibu’s colorful history. The museum covers periods from the era of the early Chumash Indians to the times of Spanish California.
The Malibu Pier is used for fishing, is approximately 240 meters long. And is located near Surfrider Beach in Malibu, the center of surfing culture in California.
The pier is dotted with brackets where you can place fishing rods and reels. But it’s also a pleasant place to watch the surfers and take a stroll, especially just before sunset.