An early taste of spring has spoiled us Midwesterners, and now we want more warmth! With temperatures back in the seasonably cold range, we’re California dreamin’ about one of our all-time-fave day-tripping spots: Malibu!
If you’re lucky enough to spend a day in the ‘Bu, here are some of our favorite places to go and things to do.
Where to Eat: Malibu Farm
From breakfast to dinner, you can’t go wrong with a meal from this cute cafe on Malibu Pier. We don’t know what’s better — the local, organic eats or the breathtaking views of the Pacific. Start your day here with brunch (and amazing coffee) … and you just might want to come back for dinner, too.
Where to Sunbathe: Zuma Beach
With mellow waves, soft sand and conveniences like a parking lot, restrooms and even outdoor showers, this beach is ideal for day of lounging and a fun game of volleyball.
Where to Surf: Surfrider Beach
Situated next to Malibu Pier, this beach’s famous surf break attracts thrill seekers from all over the world. Rent a board (and even take a lesson!) from the Malibu Surf Shack and join in the fun, or leave it to the experts and watch from the pier.
Where to Shop: Malibu Country Mart
Don’t let its name fool you — this outdoor mall offers a high-end shopping experience, complete with plenty of places to dine and play! With everything from upscale boutiques and vintage shops to unique kitchen and cosmetic stores, you won’t find a cookie-cutter chain store here, but you will find a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Where to Hike: Solstice Canyon
This Malibu trail takes you through the Santa Monica mountains, providing gorgeous views of the ocean, as well as lush foliage and a year-round waterfall. The full hike is six miles long, but shorter routes are easy to navigate.
Let us know where you like to go day-tripping — in Malibu or beyond — below!