Malibu has it all! With natural beauty surrounding you, Malibu consists of a 21 mile strip of prime Pacific coastline with the Santa Monica Mountains as a scenic backdrop and the Pacific Coast Highway flowing between the two.
Why live in a paradise called Malibu?
Malibu has ocean on one side and mountains on the other offering some of the best surfing and hiking in the state.
Nestled into the mountains are over 50 vineyards which now have a wide spread geographical AVA distinction due to it’s warm Mediterranean climate and rich soil.
It’s schools are desired due to their impressive reputations and ratings. (see Link)
The public schools in Malibu are part of the Santa Monica Unified school district which include 3 elementary schools:
John L. Webster Elementary School (grades K-5, located in central Malibu), Juan Cabrillo Elementary School (grades K-5, located in northwestern Malibu's Malibu Park district), and Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School (grades K-5, located in northwestern Malibu's Pt. Dume district).
Private schools include: Our Lady Of Malibu (Catholic) and Colin
McEwen High School.
Malibu High School (MHS) provides secondary public education for both middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12). MHS is located in the northwestern region of Malibu.
Pepperdine University, a private college affiliated with the Church of Christ, which is located in central Malibu, north of the Malibu Colony at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road. Malibu is also served by Santa Monica College, a community college in the nearby city of Santa Monica to the south.
Arts and Culture
The Malibu Art Association, a non-profit organization to foster the arts in Malibu produces shows, demonstrations and workshops for its members, and offers art for public display throughout the community. The Malibu Arts festival is held annually on the last weekend in July.
The Malibu International Film Festival is held every year showcasing new films and filmmakers from around the world.
The Malibu Chili Cookoff, held every Labor Day weekend, formerly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and for the first time supported by the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Malibu.
The Malibu Nautica Triathlon is held every September. In 2007, it raised $718,000 to benefit the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
The Polar Plunge (Los Angeles) is held each year in February at Zuma Beach to help raise funds for the Special Olympics in Southern California.
Malibu International Marathon is a half and full marathon race held every November. These races started in 2009. A SUPathlon a sport created by Forever Runners (7 miles run and a 6 miles Stand Up Paddle boarding) was added in 2011. A kids' fun run was added in 2013
The Malibu Garden Club holds an annual garden tour of private, residential gardens.
Malibu High School offers musicals every spring and instrumental and vocal musical concerts every winter and spring.
Smothers Theatre of Pepperdine University's Theatrical Drama Department offers concerts, plays, musicals, opera, and dance.
Malibu Library - County of Los Angeles Public Library, located in the Malibu Civic Centre Complex
Food and Wine
Restaurants: There is a varied assortment of restaurants that offer casual to fine dining. Seaside dining is available from deep Malibu to the furthest west of the Pacific coast highway. Come back soon to see more about Malibu restaurants!
Wineries: Malibu has been developing a name for itself in the wine community over the last 20 years due to it’s perfect microclimate in the hills above the coastal fog which makes it ideal for growing grapes. Malibu was given the distinction of becoming an AVA called the Malibu Coast AVA in 2014. It previously had 2 smaller AVA’s that are now included in this one.
Have fun exploring the Malibu wineries with the Malibu Wine tasting map.
Also not to be missed is the Trancas Country Market.
The Malibu Farmers market is held every Sunday from 10AM-3PM rain or shine located at
Malibu Library Parking Lot
23555 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu experiences warm and dry summers, which is classified as a warm-summer Mediterranean climate by the Köppen climate classification (Csb).
I am including a link to Malibu Complete which has beaches listed from east to west from Santa Monica to Ventura County Line. Note that all beaches in California are public property "seaward of the mean high tide line". Keep track of those tides!
The next three beaches -- El Matador, La Piedra, and El Pescador -- are pocket beaches, part of the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach including State beaches between Point Dume State Beach and Leo Carrillo State Beach.
On October 9, 2010 Malibu Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserves
California State Parkland carpets the hills behind Malibu, and provides extensive horseback-riding, hiking, running, and mountain-biking options, affording many different views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the curve of the Santa Monica Bay, Santa Catalina Island, and the San Fernando Valley. There are many points of access to the Backbone Trail System scattered throughout the local canyons, as well as a variety of smaller, local trail-heads.
Malibu is rich with history. It was originally named by the first dwellers here, The Chumash people, “Humaliwo” which means “The Surf Sounds Loudly”.
It is now Nicknamed "the 'Bu" by surfers and locals alike.
Looking for more History on Malibu? I thought you were.
The first official owners of Malibu were the Rindge family who constructed one of the first homes in Malibu in 1895 which was destroyed by fire in 1903.
Also in 1903 the Rindge’s incorporated the Hueneme, Malibu and Port Los Angeles Railway to fend off the Southern Pacific Railroad, which wanted to connect Los Angeles with San Francisco along the coast. The Rindge Railway ran 20 miles along the entire length of their ranch mostly following a line by the coast and included a trestle bridge, which spanned the Ramirez Canyon.
The daughter of the Rindges, Rhoda Agatha Rindge married Merritt Huntley (AKA Smoke) Adamson and they constructed a Spanish Colonial house with Moorish influences in 1929, which was one of the first beachfront cottages in California. It was eventually taken over by the state with eminent domain in 1968 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and designated as California Historical Landmark No. 966 in 1985.
The Adamson house is preserved by the state and tours are now given as well as opportunities to rent out the grounds for weddings and celebrations.