Malibu, California is just as beautiful as you would imagine. I first fell in love with the idea of Malibu thanks to my childhood life guides, The Sweet Valley High Twins. We all remember that fated summer when Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield spent the break with Lila Fowler in Malibu! Don’t we?
These days I live about 30 miles away from Malibu, which translates to about an hour in Los Angeles driving time. You can get to Malibu many ways, almost all take you through the canyons and freeways of Los Angeles and down to Pacific Coast Highway.
We took Malibu Canyon Road through the Santa Monica mountains and came over the hill for a beautiful view:
Our first stop was Malibu Surfrider beach, at Malibu Lagoon State Park. It is one of my favorite spots along the coast. You can park in the self-pay lot or along the sides of PCH. There’s a wide, winding footpath through the wetlands that leads you out to a lovely, white sand beach.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach/Surfrider Beach
Address: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Once you get to the beach, walk to the left to get to the traditional surfing beach known as Malibu Surfrider. This used to be a no-swimming portion of the beach but I think that has changed (I saw folks swimming in the waves) (and wow they looked cold!)
It can be very chilly at the beach, so bring a hoodie or long-sleeved shirt with you. I am so pale I glow in the dark so I cover everything and wear a hat. It can also be VERY windy at the beach, which we got a little taste of ourselves, in fact I ate a whole SANDwich. har har.
After walking the beach and relaxing on the sand for a few hours, we headed off for a late lunch at Malibu Seafood. There are a zillion great restaurants along this stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, but Malibu Seafood is by far my favorite.
Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe
Address: 25653 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
There are much fancier restaurants in Malibu, but none with better food. It’s basically a shack perched on the side of PCH with a few picnic tables outdoors. You go indoors to order, pick your food up at a window on the side and eat outdoors. The menu is all fresh fish and seafood with simple, delicious sides: baked potato, fries, salad, or cole slaw. You can also get loaves of crusty, warm sourdough bread and delicious clam chowder. It is one of my favorite places in all of California!
It was a relaxing, fun Saturday at the beach.
One last thing … in the photo below you can see visual evidence of two important pieces of information. One, you see how adorable (goofy) we are. Yes, we are the couple who makes a heart in the sand. Do not begrudge me, friends, as I have the battle scars of online dating to show that I have earned this relationship with a bonafide decent human being who I met in the wild, not online, so go figure.
Important Visual Evidence Item #2: Notice how he is dressed. By the end of the day it was VERY chilly in Malibu.
That is why the cute girl who waded out on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean was all the more impressive. She was there for a good 15-20 minutes posing and working the right angles. I admire this commitment to the selfie! I understand all the sacrifices we make for the ‘gram. Long live the selfie!