Welcome to Malibu
Malibu is an oceanside oasis just outside of Los Angeles that offers the best of both worlds in every sense. Just a (breathtaking and scenic) 25-minute drive from the City of Angels, the affluent area is nestled between the Santa Monica Mountains and the gorgeous waters of the Pacific Ocean. Here, you don’t have to choose a favorite view; you can enjoy a sunset stroll down one of Malibu’s iconic, sandy beaches (there’s 20) or a hike inland through some of the country’s most beautiful trails and canyons (some even lead to towering waterfalls). The natural world is at your fingertips, as are an award-winning array of restaurants and shops. From locally owned boutiques to tiny cafes perched on piers, what really gives Malibu its hometown feel is its close-knit community. The homes are massive and majestic, and neighbors are respectful yet friendly. You can hop on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway (which runs right through town) to take a carefree road trip, but in Malibu, there’s no place like home.
What to Love
Beautiful beaches spanning the coast
Locally owned shops
Hiking trails and stunning canyons
Quiet and peaceful community
People & Lifestyle
What many residents love about Malibu is its laid-back yet luxurious community. The people of Malibu love to get outside, whether it’s to hike, surf, or take a stroll through town after a nice meal. You’ll meet people of all ages, from retirees to young families to working professionals, all of whom infuse the area with a fun, hip vibe. What’s nice about this community is that everyone enjoys their privacy while still being personable and warm; neighbors look out for one another, and there is a shared love for local activities and businesses.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Malibu’s culinary scene is one of the finest. Malibu Farm is a local favorite, with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from the pier. The establishment serves fresh, farm-to-table food from Southern California and is made up of two parts: one is a full-service restaurant at the start of the pier, and the other is a counter-service cafe at the end of it. Also offering oceanside views is Moonshadows, which serves New American cuisine and is perfect for a fine-dining date night. Taverna Tony is a lively Greek joint with wonderful live music and even better Mediterranean food. Of course, we can’t round out Malibu eats without the famous Nobu, where people of high stature and status go for Japanese delicacies and unbelievable aesthetics.
Malibu Country Mart is the place to drop by for shopping. Here, you’ll find familiar favorites and one-of-a-kind stores to peruse.
Things to Do
If you like to get outdoors for a breath of fresh air — and prefer gorgeous views while you’re at it — Malibu is the place for you. At Malibu Creek State Park, you’ll be surrounded by lush trees, greenery, and beautiful brown mountain ridges as you bike, hike, walk, and get active. Sand more your speed? Zuma Beach is one of the most popular (and pretty) Malibu beaches, where you can enjoy laying out, swimming, playing volleyball, and anything else your heart desires atop the white sand. Point Dume is a beautiful overlook of the beach.
For those who enjoy good conversation and libations, spend an afternoon at Calamigos Ranch and Malibu Wines where you can drink, chat, eat, and play lawn games. (It’s also a wonderful venue for important events and big celebrations.) One of the area’s most popular annual events is the Malibu Chili Cook Off, with everything from rides to great food to live music.
Malibu’s public school district, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, has several highly rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:
Webster Elementary School, Public, K-5
Malibu High School, Public, 6-12