1. Relax on postcard-perfect beaches in Malibu
Put in the extra miles to venture north and west from Venice and Santa Monica and you’ll be rewarded with the most picturesque beaches in L.A. County. We couldn’t pick just one stretch of sand to visit in Malibu, so we’ll instead offer three: Point Dume for picnicking and sunbathing by an as-seen-on-TV scalable cliff, El Matador for sunsets among photogenic coves and outcrops and Leo Carrillo for secluded sand and an on-leash dog beach. If you’re hungry, we’ll recommend a trio of seafood spots, from east to west: superlative lobster rolls at Broad Street Oyster Co., excellent fish and chips at Malibu Seafood and fried goodness at Neptune’s Net.
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