Malibu is one of the most unique communities in all of Southern California. It’s a beach town located just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles but feels worlds away. On one side of pch you’ll find the Pacific Ocean with point breaks of perfect surf, custom beach homes, and great beaches.
On the other side of PCH you’ll find the beautiful Santa Monica mountain range that separates Malibu from the valley and is home to numerous stream filled canyons great for hiking. The homes that dot the hillside take in an incredible view, often being able to view all of Santa Monica Bay, Palos Verdes, and Catalina Island. This natural beauty is what attracts people to Malibu and why they call it home.
Western Parts of Malibu
Includes: Latigo, Escondido Beach, Paradise Cove Bluffs, Malibu Park, Malibu West, Point Dume, Encinal Bluffs, Broad Beach, Zuma, Decker Canyon, Bonsall Canyon, Ramirez Meas and Canyon, El Nido, and Sycamore Park.
Eastern Parts of Malibu
Includes: Pepperdine, Malibu Country Estates, The Colony, Malibu Road, Serra Retreat, Big Rock, Carbon Beach, La Costa Beach, Dog Beach, Rambla Vista, and Rambla Orienta.
Malibu Areas & Descriptions
BROAD BEACH (aka TRANCAS BEACH). A beautiful sandy beach with public access.
CARBON BEACH Also known as Billionaires’ Beach, this sandy stretch of beach does have a few walkways open to the public.
CROSS CREEK ROAD Across from the ocean one finds a central shopping area with many restaurants, movie theaters and shops galore. The ocean side of Cross Creek Road takes one to the public beach and Malibu Lagoon, very beautiful and a fun place to spend the day.
DAN BLOCKER BEACH Very sandy, past Malibu Road; one parks along the highway. There’s a great restaurant, Malibu Fish Market, on the landside of the highway…super for lunch or dinner.
LA COSTA BEACH Another always sandy beach without public access. Additionally, La Costa Beach Club is situated here; membership is “by deed” only and the homes with such deeded ability to join the club are across from this beach known in the area called La Costa Hills (there are also tennis courts belonging to the Club).
LAS FLORES BEACH Always sandy and at the moment, there are no open public access ways to this beach.
LAS TUNAS BEACH Conveniently located about 8-10 minutes from Santa Monica. This beach is often wet and dry meaning the tide may come up to the house caissons at high tide (see “About the Tides” for information on daily high and low tides).
MALIBU PARK A wonderful rural feeling residential area where most homes have ocean view and behind which is State Parkland for hiking and trail riding (nothing with wheels is allowed). The major portion of Malibu schools are in this area (Grammer, Middle and High school) although there are two other Grammer schools in Malibu at Pt.Dume and in the Civic Center area (near Cross Creek Rd).
MALIBU ROAD BEACH AND SHOPPING CENTER From PCH, turn on Webb way towards the ocean and on the right is the shopping center with many boutiques and restaurants, a post office, pharmacy, etc. Continue to Malibu Rd (which used to be the old PCH ) and you’ll find a cozy beach side residential area that includes Malibu Colony. There are several public access ways to the sandy beach as well.
PARADISE COVE At the Paradise Cove stoplight, turn towards the water to find a fun restaurant (same owners as Gladstone’s at Sunset and PCH) and a nice sandy beach to walk and even picnic ( plenty of parking there as well).
SURFRIDER BEACH A famous surf point, you’ll see lots of boards on the water almost all the time but especially in high surf conditions.
TOPANGA A very rural feeling community stretching from PCH all the way to the Ventura Fwy (#101). Lots of trees, parks, hiking, rustic atmosphere yet a diverse group of homes from very Architectural to “cabin-like” structures, many with adjacent streams, forests, etc. Topanga Beach (at the intersection of Topanga Cyn Bl and PCH) is a well known surf spot and try the famous, very quaint, Reel Inn seafood restaurant across from the beach!
ZUMA BEACH Perhaps the most famous public beach that stetches for a few miles but also continues below the bluffs of Pt Dume and the beach there is called Westward Beach. The sand is probably ½ mile wide, and the beach is gorgeous. There is plenty of parking and a few great restaurants along the beach, including Kristy’s on the bluff above the Zuma Beach entry and Sunset at the end of the road where Zuma Beach ends and Westward Beach begins. Both are fun and have great food.