Best Things to Do in Malibu

Pacific Coast Highway Travel picks its choice of the best things to do in Malibu, including beaches, museums, theaters, shopping, hikes and the Getty Villa.

When you think of the best things to do in Malibu, you're probably picturing pristine beaches, celebrity homes, and plenty of sunshine. But Malibu offers much more. Here we take you through not only the best beaches, but also the best hikes, theaters, shopping and dining spots that Malibu has to offer.


Best Things to Do in Malibu

Malibu's beautiful Zuma Beach is a must-see attraction. The wide stretches of sand and gentle waves make it a favorite for both locals and tourists. It's also a great spot to catch a spectacular sunset. Parking is plentiful and often free during the off-season. Zuma Beach, 30050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

El Matador Beach is a place that would appear on many people's dream beach postcard. With its stunning rock formations and azure waters, it's an absolute paradise. A little tip - it's also one of the most romantic spots in Malibu. El Matador State Beach, 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

Saddlerock-Ranch-Malibu-2.pngSaddlerock Ranch and Vineyard

Almost everyone loves wine and vineyards. At Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard, you get a chance to explore vineyards while sipping on exquisite wines. They also offer a safari to catch sight of some interesting animals like zebras and camels. Simply surreal!  Saddlerock Ranch, 32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

malibu-14-pier-wikipedia.jpgMalibu Pier

Exploring Malibu Pier is another one of the best experiences in Malibu. This spot offers stunning ocean views, unique shopping, and delicious dining. Malibu Farm at the end of the pier is a perfect spot to enjoy organic, locally sourced bites. Malibu Pier, 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

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Hiking in Malibu offers another unique experience. Santa Monica Mountain's Solstice Canyon is a crowd favorite, featuring a moderate hike that showcases breathtaking ocean views and intriguing ruins of a burnt-down mansion. More info at:

adamson-house-malibu.jpgThe Adamson House Museum in Malibu

A favorite cultural experience has to be the Adamson House Museum. It showcases 1930s Malibu life through its meticulously-preserved Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture and tilework. Adamson House, 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

Hike to the summit of Sandstone Peak and you’ll be at the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. The path is a winding 6.25 miles through diverse ecosystems, but the view at the top is well worth it - you can see the Channel Islands! More info at:

Malibu-Country-Mart.pngMalibu Country Mart

The Malibu Country Mart offers outdoor shopping at its finest. With high-end boutiques, fancy restaurants, and charming picnic areas, it’s a great place for singles, couples, and families alike. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu. More info at:

malibu-pixabay-9-getty-villa.jpgThe Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is a remarkable display of ancient art in a setting that recreates an Italian villa. The exhibits embody a historical perspective that will leave you spellbound. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades. More info at:

Surfrider-Beach-Malibu.pngSurfrider Beach in Malibu

For surfing enthusiasts, riding the waves at Surfrider Beach (officially it's Malibu Lagoon State Beach) is an absolute must. Known for its perfect, long right-hand break, it was officially declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2010.

It’s a great audience sport too, with plenty of sand for sunbathing and people watching. Surfrider Beach, 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

Rosenthal-Wine-Bar-and-Patio-Malibu.pngRosenthal Wine Bar and Patio in Malibu

Discovery does not end here. Malibu’s restaurants and tasting rooms serve local, fresh food and offer breathtaking ocean views. For a true taste of Malibu, try Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market or the Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. Sample delicious seafood or wine, and bask in the beautiful setting.

Federick-R-Weisman-Museum-of-Art-Malibu.pngFrederick R Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu

For lovers of art, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University houses a remarkable collection of 20th-century and contemporary art. The juxtaposition of creative expression and the stunning natural environment is an experience that will leave you moved. Frederick Weisman Museum, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

If you’re interested in local cultural history, the Chumash Indian Museum offers a unique perspective. It gives insights into the lives of the original inhabitants of this region – the Chumash Indians. Tours of the museum and a recreated village are available. More info at:

Malibu-Farmers-Market.pngMalibu Farmers Market

For some unique local flavor, you can visit the Malibu Farmers Market. Every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, you can find local vendors selling fresh produce, homemade goods, and vintage items. Activities for kids are also available. More info at:

Surfing-Heritage-and-Culture-Center-Malibu.pngThe Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

The surfing heritage of Malibu can be explored at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. Along with a rich archival collection, the museum hosts interesting exhibitions and events. More info at:

The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House Museum and provides details about the rich history of the area, from the Chumash Indians era to the 20th-century movie stars. More info at:

Malibu-Riders.pngMalibu Riders: Horseback riding in Malibu

Outdoor activities in Malibu aren’t just limited to the beach and hiking trails. Try horseback riding through Malibu’s scenic mountains for a truly unique experience. Companies like Malibu Riders offer a variety of picturesque trails. More info at:

If you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience, consider the Malibu Beach Inn's Carbon Beach Club Restaurant. The patio offers extraordinary views over the Pacific Ocean and the food is equally fantastic. Malibu Beach Inn, 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

Point Dume State Beach and Nature Preserve boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it perfect for nature walks. Climb to the top of the point and the magnificent view awaiting is the Pacific Ocean stretching infinitely, a truly awe-inspiring sight. More info at:

Malibu-Wine-Hikes.pngMalibu Wine Hikes

Try Malibu Wine Hikes for a fun and different way to experience the beauty of Malibu. The hike also rewards you with a stop at a local winery for tasting. More info at:

Visit Paradise Cove for its private beach and delicious seafood at the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe. You may recognize it as the setting for numerous TV shows and movies. Paradise Cove, 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu. More info at:

Malibu-Coastal-Adventures.pngMalibu Coastal Adventures

Malibu Coastal Adventures offers an exciting range of watersports, including surfing, paddleboarding, and dolphin watching. Perfect for both beginners and experienced adventurers. More info at:

King Gillette Ranch, located at the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, hosts a comprehensive visitor center for the national park. You can explore the historical structures, picnic, hike or just enjoy the picturesque surroundings. More info at:

Music lovers should definitely catch a show at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. With a fantastic line-up of concerts, dance performances, and speeches, there's always something interesting happening. More info at:

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