THE LOCALS GUIDE TO MALIBU!

There is a lot more to Malibu than just its lovely beaches. Here are a few hidden gems to make your trip one to remember x

Naturally, as Australian’s we tend to gravitate to the beach and with aqua blue water, incredible pink sunsets, long whitewashed piers and hikes galore, if your planning a trip to California do pop Malibu on your must do list!

 

EAT: 

 

Neptunes Net

Well known for its lovely ocean views and fresh seafood, a fun spot to grab an early dinner and watch the sunset.

 

Old Place

a classic biker bar nestled in Malibu Canyon. Call by for a sunset dink and some celebrity spotting.

 

For a special Japanese dinning experience Nobu is just devine.

You must book up to a month in advance, for those with kids – you may also want to book a babysitter too.

 

Cholada Thai

Cheap and cheerful Thai dishes found in a blue beach house right on the PCH. Order the Pad Thai for lunch with a fresh, cold coconut.

 

 

PLAY:

 

You could spend all day at some of these beautiful beaches. Pick up beach supplies like umbrellas, sun cream, water and snacks from the near by Malibu Country Mart.

 

Leo Carrillo Beach

A great family and dog friendly beach, with rock pools and caves to explore on the low tide.

 

Surfrider Beach

Where the mountains meet the sea you’ll find this long stretch of beach dotted with surfers, sun bakers and dolphins all year round. East of the swimming and surfing beach, the historic wooden pier is an excellent for a picnic, bird watching and fishing.

 

Point Dume

Follow the steep paths down to pristine blue waters. We recommend hiking the point on sundown to take in stunning views of the city stretching all the way out to the San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles.

 

 

STAY:

We posted up at the all new Malibu Surfrider Hotel, and with friendly staff, beautiful rooms, a private rooftop and an Australian coastal inspired menu – it was hands down one of the best hotels we have ever experienced world wide.

DO:

Point Magu

This stretch of road really marks the start of the great Californian road trip. You”ll feel the city disappear behind you as you take in views of the Santa Monica mountains.

The Malibu Pier

is a quintessential Malibu experience. Fisherman, seagulls, joggers and bloggers there all there! At the start of the pier you’ll find Malibu Farm, a fun cafe with classic American food, enjoy a long lunch here with a great vista, yet it is a little on the expensive side.

 

BEST LOCALS TIP:

The ice-cream sandwiches from the vendor half way along the pier will be the best you have ever tasted, and trust me – they were!

 

Julia wears Seed clothing throughout

Film images by Matt Rabbidge

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