Those seeking escapism and romance may want to seek out another beach, but the payoff for fighting the crowds here is enjoying a stretch of sand deemed a World Surfing Reserve made famous by Gidget and other surf legends. The quintessential Malibu beach, the prime location makes for great people watching and three point breaks make this a perennial hot spot for both long boarders and short boarders. First point, the most sourthern end bordered by the Malibu pier, is the most well-known, so be prepared to brave crowds and fight for waves. (Novices need not be deterred as the vibe here is friendly and laid back.) Second and third points are better bets for shortboarders. Park along PCH and trek past the lagoon onto the vast stretch of beach. Other nearby attractions include the Adamson House, a historic Spanish-style home turned museum, and Malibu Pier which is enjoying a comeback with its restoration and a good site for fishing. Spend the entire day at the beach with plenty of eating options—check out Malibu Country Mart for lunch and Nobu Malibu for dinner—then rest your head at the Malibu Beach Inn.
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