Earlier this year we released a blog titled "7 of the Best Things to do in Malibu" and followed that up with "10 of the Best Things to do in Malibu". As time goes on, we will continue to grow this list to bring you what we think are some of Malibu's greatest treasures. We now have added two more to this list making it 12! You can find the newest two as numbers 11 and 12. Enjoy and don't forget to share :).
1. VISIT TO THE MALIBU PIER
The Malibu Pier is one of the most, if not the most iconic landmark that Malibu has to offer. Built in 1905, the pier has gone through a number of renovations throughout the years, however it still looks fairly similar to its original construction.
The main activities on the pier include sightseeing, grabbing a bite to eat, taking photos, and fishing.
The Malibu Pier also features one of Malibu’s most popular places to eat, Malibu Farm. Malibu Farm has two locations on the Pier, one at the end (the cafe) and one at the base of the pier (the restaurant). Both serve delicious food, however feature different menus. Take your pick, you can’t go wrong with either.
As seen in Malibu Farm Secret Menu!
2. EAT AT ONE OF THE ICONIC MALIBU RESTAURANTS
Malibu, just like other small cities, has a few local restaurants that have become part of the fabric of the city. Some of these restaurants have been here for ages, some are just incredibly popular, and some are both. Here are just three that we recommend you try out when you visit.
If you enjoy any of the following things the Malibu Wine Safari is for you: wine, beautiful vineyards, mountain scenery, exotic animals (including Stanley the Giraffe), good times with friends...
It is really hard to miss with this one. The Wine Safari takes you on a tour through the beautiful vineyards of Saddle Rock Ranch . Along the tour you are drinking wines from locally grown grapes, visiting exotic animals, and enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery. There are plenty of great places for photo ops that will surely make your friends jealous!
4. GO ON A HIKE
Hiking is one of Malibu’s most popular activities. Hiking enthusiasts travel far and wide to experience the beautiful trails and ocean views that Malibu has to offer. There are many great hikes in Malibu and you can see a list of them by clicking HERE.
One hike that we specifically recommend is it the Solstice Canyon Hike. This is a great hike to bring along the family and dog (if he or she is on a leash) to enjoy some of Malibu’s scenery. What makes this particular hike unique are the ruins of two homes that were victims of wildfires, one in 1982 and one in 2007.
5. GO TO THE BEACH (DUH!)
Is a visit to Malibu really complete without a trip to the beach? We think not.
If you are looking to get some shopping done in Malibu two of the best places to do so are The Country Mart and the Lumber Yard. These shopping centers feature plenty of stores, many of which are locally owned small businesses! These two shopping centers are adjacent to each other, easily within walking distance making it easy to visit as many stores as you want.
There are also plenty of places to grab some food or drink including John's Garden, Tra Di Noi, Coffee Bean, Sunlife, and much more. If you bring the kids along, there is a great play area right in the middle of the Country Mart (pictured above).
7. CAMPING @ LEO CARRILLO CAMP GROUNDS
The Rosenthal Wine's Tasting Room is one of our favorite places to visit in Malibu. They provide a beautiful indoor and outdoor setting to to enjoy different wines with great company!
The weekday vibe is more of a relaxed, low energy vibe. Less energy does not mean worse energy by any means. On the weekends, the crowds increase significantly from the weekdays (obviously) and the tasting room has similar energy to that of a day club. The whole property is buzzing by the time the afternoon rolls around. Adding to the lively weekend vibe, the outdoor patio area plays host to many popular Los Angeles food trucks as well as live music. If you’re looking for more of a mellow vibe, visit the tasting room on a weekday. If you want the higher energy day club vibe, visit the tasting room on the weekend.
For more information on Rosenthal Wines visit our blog on them here.
9. VISIT THE SERRA RETREAT MONASTERY
It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that this walk is only accessible during a very low tide. If the tide is too high, certain sections of the beach will not be accessible. Trying to walk through the water or swimming across can be very dangerous so be very mindful of the tide.
What makes this walk so great is the fact that you pass through so many different beaches. It is like you are getting a little taste of each of the best beaches on the west end of Malibu. The notable beaches you pass through include County Line, Leo Carillo, La Piedra, El Pescador, Nicholas Beach, and El Matador.
For more information about this walk including what tides make it accessible, click here.
Located right next to the Malibu Lagoon off of Pacific Coast Highway, The Adamson House is one of Malibu’s most historic, if not the most historic icon the city has to offer. The house was built in 1929 by husband and wife Merritt Adamson and Rhonda Rindge Adamson. This ocean front house was built on a section of land Rhonda’s father bought in 1889 for $10 an acre (can you imagine?). The house currently remains well kept and in tact as a national historic site, a California historical landmark, and as a California State Park. The house itself was constructed with Spanish and Moorish architecture influences in mind, featuring “dazzling displays of decorative tiles and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship including hand-carved doors, hand-painted frescoes, molded ceilings, distinctive cast ironwork and lead-framed bottle glass windows.”
The Getty Villa is an art museum showcasing three major ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world; The Greeks, The Etruscans, and The Romans. The building itself is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a first century Roman country house in Herculaneum which was buried in the aftermath of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 a.d. The building is not an exact replica, however. Much of the original house remains unexcavated so many of the details of the building are modeled after elements taken from other ancient Roman homes.