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Malibu – Physical Enviroment

malibu jca cadenaarticle courtesy of Malibu Coastal Vision & the City of Malibu

If there is a single notable feature of Malibu that defines it above all others, it is the physical environment.  Breathtaking landscapes form a backdrop for a vibrant beachfront community.  The world-renowned Malibu surf and sand attract millions of visitors from all part of the world.

Geographically, Malibu’s backbone is California’s Route One.  Known locally as Pacific Coast Highway.  This busy thoroughfare winds its way from Orange County in the south, to Mendocino County in the north. Although the California coast runs generally north to south, the 21.6 mile segment passing through Malibu angles east to west along the rugged coastline of north Los Angeles County.

Malibu is bordered entirely on the inland side by the majestic Santa Monica Mountains – mountains that sweep across the County from east to west to bifurcate the malibu travelCity of Los Angles with some of “the most untamed acreage of any major world city.”  The mountains shield Malibu from the major population centers of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, while a mix of public, private, open and secluded beaches caress the Malibu coastline.  The region enjoys scenic canyon road, open spaces, and stunning cliffs and ridgelines.

Malibu benefits from a temperate Mediterranean climate.  Temperatures fluctuate very little, from 60 degrees in winter to a mere 75 degrees in the summer.  Sea  breezes moderate the temperature and keep the air relatively clear   The marine layer – a temporary cool fog – coverers Malibu on some mornings, usually burning off during the course of the day.  With 150 cloudless days per year, Malibu averages on 2.3 days of rain per month.  Rain normally falls five days per month from December to March.


photos by JC Cadena


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