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A Malibu Airbnb overlooking the ocean, complete with a spacious deck, four sun loungers, and one umbrella.
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The 13 best Airbnbs in Malibu for an incredible coastal escape

From oceanfront flats to canyon mansions, these Airbnb rentals in Malibu are the perfect spots to soak up that Californian sun.

Written by
Michael Juliano
Kai Oliver-Kurtin
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Alys Lloyd

Nestled between the soothing ocean and lush canyons, Malibu's natural beauty often leaves travelers wondering why they'd consider any other destination. Whether you're planning a hiking escapade through the Santa Monica Mountains or a laid-back retreat centered around Malibu Pier, the city caters to all kinds of adventurers.

And, while the area boasts some of LA's best beaches, Malibu manages to maintain a laid-back ambiance with fewer hotels than its bustling neighbors. Celebrities who call this place home would likely nod in agreement; it's a sanctuary for those who cherish seclusion and tranquility. 

However, given its allure as an A-list destination, Malibu boasts some of LA's priciest real estate. That's where the city’s Airbnb rentals come to the rescue. For those willing to invest a little extra, these accommodations offer a chance to immerse in Malibu's charm in a beachfront paradise or a tucked-away canyon retreat – even if it's just for one unforgettable night.


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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best Airbnbs in Malibu

The ranch-style villa in Big Rock
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1. The ranch-style villa in Big Rock

This wood-clad beachfront villa is a little different from the usual white-walled glass boxes that pepper the Malibu seafront. Designed by architect Matt Kivlin in 1964, the house is a retro dream with stone fireplaces, timber walls and 60’s style kitchen and bathroom fittings. Admire the ocean views overlooking Queen's Necklace and Catalina Island from the panoramic glass windows, sit out on the sunny balconies and terraces and soak in the hot tub. There’s also an acre of stunningly landscaped gardens to explore. 

Beds? Three bedrooms. Sleeps six guests.
The space: A unique mid-century beach villa with gorgeous ocean views. 
Location perks: Views out across Queen's Necklace and Catalina Island and situated in a quiet cul-de-sac behind private gates for ultimate seclusion. 
Budget range: A treat.

A handsome, midcentury-detailed home in Eastern Malibu
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2. A handsome, midcentury-detailed home in Eastern Malibu

Upgrade your trip with this one-bedroom, one-bathroom pool house tucked amid avocado and lemon trees. We’re not sure what’s more impressive: the pool area’s view of the ocean through the canyons or the cool collection of Richard Schultz furniture. Inside you’ll find authentic mid-century furnishings, a seriously cozy queen-sized bed with organic sheets, and a cozy indoor fireplace for chillier days. Kickstart your morning with a barista-style coffee from your espresso machine before taking a dip in your private solar-heated pool.

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: A tranquil oasis, offering the ultimate private retreat in Malibu.
Location perks: Situated on a 13-acre property, it's a quick 8-minute drive to the center of Malibu and only 4 minutes from Carbon Beach.
Budget range: A well-priced stay.

A glassy lair with views of Central Malibu
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3. A glassy lair with views of Central Malibu

Live the Bond villain dream in this sleek three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath cube perched on a canyon's edge. Aptly named "Scorpiesse," this place is super dramatic. We’re talking views, views, and more views- even from the soaking tub. Plus, its glamorous interior design screams luxury. There’s even a floor-to-ceiling library that offers beach reads galore. Don’t forget your ‘hot girl walks’, because some awesome hiking trails are right on your doorstep, setting the scene for some killer adventures. 

Beds? Two beds. Sleeps up to four guests.
The space: An architectural gem with uninterrupted views of the ocean and mountains.
Location perks: Your own little island of tranquillity. Cell phone signal is scarce, giving you a true escape from the digital world. But hey, if you need it, there's Wi-Fi for your connectivity fix.
Budget range: On the pricier side of things.

A rustic beachfront apartment in Big Rock
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4. A rustic beachfront apartment in Big Rock

This cozy one-bedroom, one-bathroom oceanfront apartment has a spacious, weathered wooden deck that's a welcome change from the usual sterile, corporate mansions in the area. The living room is bright and comfy, but let's face it, the deck is the star of the show. Sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the crashing waves. And if you can drag yourself away from this slice of paradise, the hosts are kind enough to provide a two-person kayak with life jackets, a boogie board, and a surfboard to make the most of the nearby beach. It's coastal living at its finest.

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: A beach-side sanctuary with all the creature comforts.
Location perks: Spend the day lounging on the deck, where you can watch sea lions basking on the rocks and catch glimpses of dolphins and whales swimming by. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge – the choice is yours.
Budget range: A good option for a romantic stay for two.

A quintessential beach house near Big Rock
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5. A quintessential beach house near Big Rock

This oceanfront home has all the makings of a classic beachfront shack: nautical decor, whitewashed wood, and a private patch of sand. However, don't be fooled, it's far from your typical beach shack. It's filled with all the amenities you need for a luxurious and comfortable stay, including plush beds, powerful showers, laundry facilities, and a fully equipped kitchen. Step outside to discover a roomy sea-level deck adorned with a cozy lounge, outdoor hot tub, and dining area. It really is the ideal spot to experience all that Malibu has to offer.

Beds? 3 beds. Sleeps up to seven guests.
The space: A 1950s-style vintage beach house.
Location perks: You’ll have the entire bottom floor of the house at your disposal, complete with access to the deck and tiki hut. Make sure to use the surfboards, kayaks, and paddle boards kindly provided by the host.
Budget range: A pricey stay but the views are unbeatable.

A brand-new bohemian home with an outdoor private pool
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6. A brand-new bohemian home with an outdoor private pool

Planning a getaway with a big group of friends? Look no further. This newly built bohemian-style home has it all, from top-of-the-line appliances and super stylish furnishings to plush, cozy beds, and sleek, clean bathrooms. Step outside to a spacious backyard featuring an outdoor pool, hot tub, and stunning mountain vistas. Plus, you're just a six-minute drive from the beach and Malibu's finest dining spots. This place is pretty hard to beat.

Beds? Four beds. Sleeps up to six guests.
The space: Clean, bright, and spacious.
Location perks: Nestled in a serene and peaceful neighborhood with breathtaking mountain views, this spot offers the best of both worlds- a tranquil escape within easy reach of the vibrant Malibu scene.
Budget range: A pricier option.

A beachfront condo with private beach access
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7. A beachfront condo with private beach access

Perched overlooking Latigo Bay, this property provides an ideal setting for a memorable Californian adventure. Outdoors, you’ll find loads of amenities to bask in the warm sunshine, from an outdoor dining area to cozy lounge chairs and a Feugo BBQ. For those seeking adventure, numerous famous hiking and mountain biking trails are right across the street, and local dive bars, restaurants, and markets are just a few miles away. Garage parking is available for your rental car, but you can also opt for Uber- it’s your call. 

Beds? Four beds. Sleeps up to six guests.
The space: Sleek and modern with breathtaking views.
Location perks: This property sits in the heart of Malibu, only a five-minute drive away from restaurants and shopping.
Budget range: Get ready to splash the cash.

A unique guest house on two acres of land
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8. A unique guest house on two acres of land

If your Malibu getaway is all about outdoor adventures, you're in for a treat at this place. Whether you prefer hikes, Western horse riding, beach days, or just relaxing in nature, it's all at your fingertips. To kickstart your day, gather fresh eggs each morning for a delightful breakfast before heading out on the balcony to enjoy the serene views. Inside, you'll find a spacious living area, a well-equipped kitchen, and a modern bedroom with a comfy double bed. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.

Beds? Two beds. Sleeps up to three guests.
The space: Warm and inviting in a prime location.
Location perks: Situated just steps from the beach, this spot is conveniently close to shopping areas, restaurants, and bars. There’s even a nearby Farmers Market to pick up some local fresh produce.
Budget range: More expensive than your average two-person property.

A Topanga guest suite with incredible mountain views
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9. A Topanga guest suite with incredible mountain views

Feel right at home in this peaceful Airbnb, boasting breathtaking mountain views. Whether you're savoring al fresco dining on the balcony or snuggling up in the beautiful living room, you might have a tough time leaving the comfort of this property. But when you do venture out, you'll discover loads of things to do, including some of the area's top hiking trails right at your doorstep. And, if you're up for exploring a bit further, the Pacific Coast Highway is just a 10-minute drive away, offering convenient access to all that California has in store.

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: A tranquil and private getaway. 
Location perks: Enjoy a king-sized bed, new kitchen appliances, a full-size washer and dryer, SONOS sound system, and a large smart TV.
Budget range: A reasonably priced stay in a popular area.

A luxury trailer in a private compound
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10. A luxury trailer in a private compound

Planning a summer trip to Malibu? Look no further. This trailer experience is the perfect way to reconnect with nature without sacrificing the comforts you desire. It comes with an enclosed private outdoor shower, a cozy living room, a convenient kitchenette, and a bedroom area with a comfortable queen-sized bed. While the location maintains a serene, remote vibe, you're still within easy reach of key attractions, including world-class mountain biking and hiking trails, the beach, and fantastic shopping spots. It's the best of both worlds.

Beds? One bed. Sleeps up to two guests.
The space: A 1950 Spartan Royal Mansion trailer- how cool is that?
Location perks: Right in the middle of the beach and valley, only a 5-minute drive to Topanga's main town.
Budget range: A wallet-friendly option for budget-conscious travelers.

An oceanfront villa with a spacious sundeck
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11. An oceanfront villa with a spacious sundeck

Wake up to the soothing sound of waves and birdsong in this exquisite oceanfront property just steps from Malibu. With its open-concept design, vaulted wooden ceilings, contemporary decor, and abundant natural light, this place is a luxury haven. Enjoy mornings on the sundeck with al fresco breakfasts, then head to the beach for some surfing. And if you fancy a change, explore the nearby farmer's market, the picnic-friendly lagoon, and numerous seaside eateries.

Beds? Three beds. Sleeps up to six guests.
The space: Beachfront bliss.
Location perks: Did we mention the killer ocean views? Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.
Budget range: We’re not gunna lie, this one’s expensive.

A luxury mansion located in a quiet neighborhood
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12. A luxury mansion located in a quiet neighborhood

Malibu's famous for celebrity homes, and this one lets you live like an A-lister. With a heated infinity pool offering breathtaking views and luxurious features throughout, this place oozes opulence. It includes a home gym, a dry sauna, a wine cellar, beautiful gardens, and even a basketball hoop. Plus, full concierge services are at your disposal, including a luxury car rental for that star-studded city trip.

Beds? Six beds. Sleeps up to 12 guests.
The space: A newly renovated dream house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Location perks: Perfectly located in a quiet, private neighbourhood, just a short drive to Malibu or Santa Monica.
Budget range: It’s a Malibu mansion- what do you expect?

A Tulum-inspired home with direct beach access
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13. A Tulum-inspired home with direct beach access

Located a stone's throw from Malibu's best restaurants and shops, this Tulum-inspired oceanfront home is your ideal spot for soaking up the Californian sun. Sip your morning coffee on the balcony, keeping an eye out for dolphins in the ocean below, before venturing out to explore the city. If, by some chance, the weather doesn't cooperate, you can snuggle up in the living room and enjoy a movie on the projector. And for pet lovers, yes, you can bring your furry friends along (just check with the host before booking).

Beds? Two beds. Sleeps up to 5 guests.
The space: A thoughtfully design property with high-end amenities and stylish decor.
Location perks: Enjoy private and direct beach access.
Budget range: A reasonably priced stay for five-person stay in a popular location.

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