While some associate Malibu with mansions perching on the cliffs and surfers bobbing on the breaks, we tie the city to L.A.’s most stunning natural wonders. Forget the tarnished glitz of Hollywood and the posh landmarks of Beverly Hills; 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.
Just a heads up that you’re probably going to need a car to visit most of these spots. Malibu’s scenic landmarks largely hug the Pacific Coast Highway and the beachfront, which runs from west of Pacific Palisades to the Ventura County border. While Metro’s 534 bus will take you about as far west as Zuma Beach, you’ll need your own wheels (or a rideshare—cell reception willing) to venture into the more remote coastline to the west, as well as the canyon communities and hiking trails to the north in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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