With the ocean on one side and lush canyons on the other, Malibu is so picturesque that sometimes we wonder why we even bother with any other coastal city. With some of L.A.'s best beaches but relatively few hotels in Malibu, the area manages to stay more low key than some of the county's other beach cities. That's where these Airbnb Malibu rentals come in: If you're willing to pay a bit of a premium, you can spend the night in a dream home right on the water or tucked into a canyon.
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7 Airbnb Malibu rentals for your next stay
An oceanfront house on stilts
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom house sits on stilts, quite literally on top of the rocky shore below. When the tide's low, you can hop down to the wet sound—otherwise, the patio isn't a shabby fallback.
From $537 per night.
An adorable cottage
A cottage only in style and not size, this four-bedroom, two-bedroom home has all of the charm of a 1920s beach cottage—think weathered shingles, wooden beams, cozy bedrooms—with modern appliances and a perfect little waterfront patio.
From $599 per night.
A glassy lair with a view
Make any Bond villain jealous at this swanky three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath cube perched atop a canyon. Nearly every nook of “Scorpiesse,” as the house is dubbed, offers dramatic views—even the soaking tub.
From $700 per night.
A handsome hilltop hacienda
Though this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath retreat is a twisy canyon road from the water, we'll forgive you if you never make it to the ocean—what, with a private yoga studio, steam room and spacious-yet-cozy living room.
From $770 per night.
A quintessential beach house
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom oceanfront home has all of the makings of a classic beachfront shack: nautical deocrations, whitewashed wood, a private patch of sand. There's certainly no mistaking this catalog-worthy house for a “shack,” through.
From $958 per night.
A modern mountaintop retreat
This four-bedroom, three-bathroom house wouldn't seem out of place in Palm Springs; its mix of glass and earthtones is surrounded by boulders and drought-tolerant gardens. But there's no mistaking your near the Pacific as you peer out toward the ocean through the clouds rolling below.
From $1,120 per night.
An architectural masterpiece
This house is so distinct it has its own name: “Ravenseye” by local architect Harry Gesner. From a fireplace to a backyard Airstream, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath justifies its high price tag with luxurious details galore and a breathtaking arched ocean-view window.
From $1,500 per night.
Need to plan out your time in Malibu?
These things to do in Malibu make us question why we don't spend every single weekend in the waterfront city. From some of the best beaches around to hiking trails with waterfalls—and a little bit of wine tasting to wind down—we've rounded up our favorite things to do in Malibu.