LA Day Trip: Malibu
One of the best parts about Los Angeles is the proximity of amazing day trip excursions like driving the coastline to Malibu. In Malibu, you can spend the day at some of Los Angeles' more pristine and private beaches, or you can hike up the Santa Monica mountains for some of its best trails and views. After either, enjoy a meal of fresh seafood and watch the sunset over the ocean.

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Peaceful and Private in Malibu

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The beaches of affluent Malibu are more pristine than its urban counterparts. Public accessways lead to the private sandy beaches outside of oceanfront homes and public beaches like Point Dume and Zuma Beach often feel just as secluded. Surfriders Beach and Topanga Canyon State Park have some of the best surfing breaks in California and the mountains of Malibu have some of the best hiking trails. Pull over and park for a pit stop along the cliffs to simply enjoy the scenery of panoramic ocean views or the dishes of some of the best seafood restaurants in LA.

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by Susan Mason
AFAR Local Expert
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