Malibu—where to go, what to do
The rock formations here are simplicity breathtaking, and that combination of cliff and surf is what makes this beach such a destination. There are wonderful caves to explore, too, but just make to sure to check when it's high tide.
A Malibu institution, Neptune’s Net was founded in the Fifties by aerodynamicist Eastman N. Jacobs. You've likely seen this restaurant in screens both silver and small: it's been featured in Point Break, The Fast and the Furious, Iron Man 3 as well as Gossip Girl and The Hills.
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
Malibu isn't lacking for beachside boites, but at Paradise Cove, you can literally sit on the beach with your feet in the sand—via lounge chair or private cabana—while digging in to its varied fare, from paella to teriyaki salmon to prime steak. Or cozy up inside, in the diner-like environs with photo-filled walls. Must try: the famous fruit boba rum drinks.
Malibu Beach Inn
You had us at oceanfront, Malibu Beach Inn. In addition to being thisclose to the Pacific Ocean and its sandy shores—not to mention the nearby Malibu Pier—the hotel also features luxe accommodations and top-notch amenities, like Himalayan superfruit facials and complimentary yoga on the beach.
If you relish four-star views in a laid-back vibe, Duke's is for you. Named after Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku—A.K.A. the father of surfing—the restaurant offers good eats, such as seafood hot pot and miso-grilled salmon, as well as a fun tiki bar upstairs, Barefoot Bar, where you can catch the sun setting with a Mai Tai in hand. Yes, please.
Breakfast break at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe during the Spring 2019 shoot. Below: Oceanfront dining at Malibu Beach Inn, photograph courtesy of the hotel.
Another great backdrop to our spring shoot, Point Dume is a relaxing escape with something for everyone: hikers, rock climbers, scuba divers and beachgoers. Cinephiles will recognize the place as location of the twist ending to the original Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston. Don't worry, we won't spoil it for you, but if you've seen the movie, you know exactly which jaw-dropping moment we mean.
Seafood lovers, this is your paradise. A favorite of the surf crowd, this fish shack will have you in high spirits even before to bite into its delicious crab cakes and freshly battered fried shrimp: Every day, the sign outside the entrance rotates with delightful marine puns: "Twist and Trout," the "Clam Before the Storm," "Seas the Day" and "Ahi Carumba!"
There's more to Malibu than endless stretches of sand and sun. Head to Solstice Canyon to see the other side of nature. There are various trails for hikers, including one that leads to a small waterfall—a place to cool down in the shade—and the remains of the Roberts Ranch House, now a public park, known for its tropical landscaping.
Point Dume beach as seen in our Spring 2019 campaign, featuring the Gaya dickey jacket and Melika pant. Below: Malibu Pier, photograph by SaMoBiker/Flickr, and inside the famous Reel Inn seafood shack.
No trip to Malibu is complete with a visit to the iconic pier and the adjacent Surfrider Beach, which, as the name implies, is a hotspot with the surf set and good for both short and longboards. The waves are incredible; the views and people watching, divine.
Here's another seafood shack beloved by surfers: Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe. As the name reveals, this is also a fish market, so the eats don't get any fresher than this. It's well worth the wait in line, whether for the classic fish and chips—perfection—or a hot bowl of rich clam chowder. Fun fact: It's owned and operated by actual fishermen