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In Malibu, We Love

Locals’ picks for area favorites

From stunning natural panoramas to exquisite eateries, unique shops and cultural venues, Malibu offers a plethora of places to fill our hearts (and bellies!). We appreciate these special gems that make our community a wonderful place to live, laugh and love.

Malibu Shaman

Malibu Country Mart

23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu | 310.456.5617

“I love the Malibu Shaman! It’s been around since my college days—decades ago--when I first discovered this local treasure of a shop. The alluring smells of the incense coupled with great vibes greet you as you enter. And as soon as you walk into the store, you know it’s a special place, run by genuinely kind people. Owner Scott Sutphen has curated an incredible selection of metaphysical books, beautiful crystals, music, incense, Buddhas, candles and so much more. The large variety of locally made Shaman masks, Native American drums, dreamcatchers, feathers, native tools, cards, artwork, jewelry, Tarot and Oracle cards make it easy to find a gift for anyone—and hard to resist buying a thing or two for yourself while you’re at it!” —Tracy Marcynzsyn, Editor

La Tuna Canyon Park

2807 Tuna Canyon Road, Topanga

This stunning, 1,255-acre park in the western Santa Monica Mountains above Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu parallels more than 2 miles of the Pacific Ocean, and provides dramatic, 360-degree views of the San Gabriel mountains to the Santa Monica Bay. Hike among Sycamore woodlands, coastal sage scrub and native grasslands to explore a hidden labyrinth. Plus, Tuna Creek, one of the most pristine aquatic habitats in the Santa Monica Mountains, runs through the property to the ocean.

Westward/Zuma Beach

“My favorite place in Malibu is Westward/Zuma Beach because after growing up in the Colony surfing at Old Joes throughout my youth, I never saw any dolphins. But walking along Westward/Zuma, I have been visited countless times by profoundly magical and beautiful high-energy dolphin frolics leaping out of the water and surfing the waves. I have also had wonderful sightings of whales even only 100 feet from shore, where mothers teach their calves how to hunt. So all this and the endless majestic sunsets with the Anacapa Islands in the background, make Westward/Zuma my favorite location.” —Cary ONeal, “Mr. Malibu” columnist

Sycamore Beach Campground & Sycamore Cove

9000 West Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


Camp in the mountains or on the beach in Point Mugu State Park. With 5 miles of shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts, Sycamore Campground boasts more than 70 miles of hiking trails, including the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. Great for family camping adventures!

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts brings some of the most exciting performances from around the world to for all ages, including children and families. The Center for the Arts is also home to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

Malibu Country Mart

3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu

The eclectic mix of boutiques among a quaint outdoor landscape that includes a park for kids to play and several eateries is in the heart of Malibu.

Surfrider Beach

23050 & 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

“Surfrider” Beach is part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, which also comprises the Malibu Lagoon and the Malibu Pier. Popular with surfers from near and far, Surfrider Beach is the quintessential California locale to catch a sunset.

Getty Villa Museum

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades

The unique grounds of the Getty Villa Museum in Pacific Palisades house Greek and Roman art in a re-created Roman seaside home, tranquil gardens and ocean breezes. Reservations required and admission is free.

  • Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
  • Westward Beach
  • La Tuna Canyon Park
  • La Tuna Canyon Park
  • Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts
  • Sycamore Canyon Campground
  • Zuma Beach
  • Malibu Shaman
  • Malibu Country Mart
  • Malibu Country Mart
  • Malibu Country Mart
  • Malibu Country Mart
  • Surfrider Beach
  • Getty Villa Malibu