If there is one beach city in the country to outshine all others, it would be Malibu. Located in the southwestern edge of Los Angeles County, in that sweet spot where the Pacific Coast Highway curves along the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu is the very picture of luxurious oceanfront living in Southern California. Nothing comes close to this place people affectionately call ôthe ĹBu.ö
The sun is your best friend in Malibu. From sunrise to sundown, youĺll be able to enjoy all of Malibuĺs most breathtaking sights, not to mention plethora of outdoor activities on land or on water. Watch the sun rise from your bedroom window and see it as it sinks down the horizon, painting the skies in shades of orange, pink, then blues and purples.
At night, Malibu transforms from an exciting beach town into a serene coastal escape. Since itĺs largely residential, there is little to no light pollution in Malibu. Here, you can look up and go stargazing on clear nights. If you are craving for some nightlife, Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles are the best places to go.
Malibu is served by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SSMUSD). They have four schools in the city:áWebster Elementary,áMalibu Elementary,áMalibu Middle School, andáMalibu High School, which is a California Distinguished School.
In addition to the excellent public schools, Malibu is also home to a handful of private institutions such asáOur Lady of Malibu SchooláandáThe Sycamore School. For higher learning, thereĺsáPepperdine Universityálocated along the Pacific Coast Highway. TheáUniversity of Southern California,áLos Angeles (UCLA)áis about less than an hourĺs drive away from Malibu.
The entire length of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu not only offers a scenic drive any time of the year. There are plenty of dining options you can find here as well. Some of the most iconic restaurants in Malibu are located along this stretch, including Dukeĺs Malibu, famous for their seafood and Hawaiian cuisine.
Another well-loved restaurant in the city is the Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Cafe, where you can enjoy freshly made fish Ĺn chips on an outdoor picnic table overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Malibu Farm Pier Cafe is also a notable mention among local favoritesŚ this is one of the go-to places in Malibu for farm-to-table dining and some of the best ocean views.
Geoffreyĺs offers an all-Californian menu as well as exemplary oceanfront dining. Do try their paella and come by on a Saturday or Sunday for their famous weekend brunch. If youĺre feeling adventurous, look for the stairs that lead directly down to Escondido Beach.
For a different kind of culinary experience in Malibu, visit The Malibu Cafe in Calamigos Ranch. They have an excellent selection of local wines, an impressive menu featuring New American cuisine, as well as kid-friendly options.
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