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Malibu, A Weekend Getaway

sunny days, malibu fun beachby Michelle West

Give Malibu a weekend and the city will deliver a bundle of exceptional memories.

If you’re looking for casual family fun and exploration, energize your Malibu adventure with a delicious breakfast at the Malibu Beach Inn.  This landmark serves up savory fare just down the street from the world-famous Malibu Pier.

After breakfast,  you can walk off those calories with a stroll on the Malibu Pier.  This historic landmark is known for excellent saltwater fishing.  It’s also a great place to catch a view of some of the world’s best surfers carving it up at the world famous Surfrider Beach.

Want to get in on the action? Nearby, Zuma Jay’s, Malibu’s oldest surf shop, and Malibu Surf Shack, located across the street from the pier, can hook you up with everything you need to catch the perfect wave, including surfing lessons.

If you’d rather stay onshore, you can spend your morning exploring nearby attractions – all within walking distance of the Pier.

The Adamson House sits near the sand overlooking the Pier and Surfrider Beach, and offers a glimpse into Malibu’s past.  This National Historic Site, located in Malibu Lagoon State Park, is a showplace of Malibu historical artifacts.  Completed in 1929, the Spanish-Moor revival residence features tile from the renowned Malibu Potteries.  The adjacent Malibu Lagoon Museum showcases the history of the area – from the days of the Chumash  tribe to Malibu’s modern day image as a surfing mecca.

When you’re ready for lunch, your options are limitless.  Across the street from Malibu Lagoon, the Cross Creek Road area offers a variety of choices for casual dining, a quick bite or take-out food.  John’s Garden serves up bountiful salads and sandwiches perfect for a picnic lunch.  If you’re in the mood for Italian food, you can enjoy the specialty dishes at Tra Di Noi al fresco, on the outdoor patio.

After lunch, if shopping is not on your agenda, it should be!  The Malibu Country Mart offers high-end retail, dining, and services in an eclectic architectural environment complimented by world-class gardens, sculptures and the popular children’s playground.

Malibu Lumber Yard is another popular shopping destination. Designed with an eco-friendly beach-deck feel, the Lumber Yard features outdoor ping pong tables and lounge chairs alongside its exclusive retail stores.  It is also home to the largest outdoor freestanding aquatic sanctuary in Southern California.  The columns of fish tanks are a favorite among children and adults alike.

End your afternoon with an educational walk at nearby Legacy Park, a 17-acre oasis that was designed to reduce pollution impacts and improve water quality in Malibu Creek and Malibu Lagoon.  Legacy Park is the only location in California that showcases five coastal habitats in one site.

Wind down your day immersed in the beachy vibe of the Paradise Cove Beach Café, situated on the sand at the Paradise Cove Pier.  Enjoy a cold drink and watch for dolphins while lounging on cushioned beach chairs.  Huge portions and kid-friendly menu items make this a great place for the entire family.

If you’re interested in a more luxurious getaway, Malibu offers many ways to relax and recharge.

article courtesy of Malibu Chamber of Commerce




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