Malibu is one of those places which has to be seen to be believed. Iconic landscapes, amazing beaches and parks, there’s so much to see and do. Thankfully, when you stay at one our Good Nite Inns, you’ll be in pole position to enjoy them all. We’ve put together a list of landmarks that anybody staying in hotels in California yearn to see but even better is the fact that all of these are all under a 30 minute drive from our Good Nite Inn Malibu.
Malibu Creek State Park
Only a five-minute drive away from our Good Nite Inn in Calabasas, the Malibu Creek State Park is known as the “crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains.” If you love exploring the great outside then there is plenty for you to see, do and enjoy here. Put on your walking boots and go for a hike, taking advantage of the free guided hikes that are on offer. You might even recognize the landscape as the park used to be owned by 20th Century Fox Studios, so your favorite movies might have been set against the backdrop. Whether you want to learn more about the park wildlife, stretch your legs or brush up on your movie history, you can enjoy the Malibu Creek State Park all year around. So, remember to keep an eye out on winter season special offers.
As far as historical landmarks go, Point Dume is high on the list of California’s historical landmarks. Situated within a half hour drive from the Good Nite Inn Malibu, Point Dume is one of those ‘selfie musts.’ Not only is it great for you to take a kodak moment picture but the long bluff is part of California’s history. In fact, it was named as such way back when in 1793 and over the years it’s served many uses from simple homesteads to mega mansions. Today you’re more likely to see those huge mansions and it might seem familiar to any Avengers fan as Tony Stark’s seaside mansion was set just on the edge of Point Dume! If you’re a novice rock climber then you’ll find some simple routes for you to enjoy. Getting to the top of them and taking in the view makes it worthwhile.
A stone’s throw away from Point Dume, if you plan on going to one of these landmarks you may as well visit them both. Zuma Beach is one of California’s largest and perhaps the most popular beach in LA. If you’ve packed your hiking boots for Point Dume, make sure you put your swimwear and sandals in the car too. Ranked as one of the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions in LA County, Zuma Beach has long, wide sands and is a haven for surfers. Actually, it’s known to cater for all sorts of water sports, from surfing to swimming to windsurfing, bodyboarding – you name it, you can do it. And with 14 lifeguard towers across the sands you know you’ve got someone looking out for you too.
El Matador Beach
Another beach within driving distance from our Good Nite Inn hotels, the El Matador Beach is known for its famous rock formations. So, don’t be surprised if you see lots of models and Instagrammers out there taking photo shoots! Once you get there, you’ll see why. From the parking lot, head down the stairs (and we mean “the stairs”) and prepare to have your breath taken away. It’s an iconic view and experience as you walk down towards the beach, with the rock formations behind you. Once there you can enjoy all the sun, sea and sand just as you would on any other beach.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Keeping up with our top beaches to visit in Malibu, we recommend you check out the Malibu Lagoon State Beach. If you want to add to your photo collection of Point Dume then the spectacular cliff views of Malibu Lagoon State Beach will be a great addition. It has been known to be tough to make the descent down to the beach but once you’re down there, it’ll be absolutely worth it. Breathtaking views from the coastline and the mighty lagoon are definitely worth checking out. You can also brush up on your California history at the Malibu Lagoon Museum or at Adamson House. Parking charges are also really reasonable, with all day parking available at just $12 per car so why not make a day of it?
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Close to our Good Nite Inn Calabasas is the Santa Monica Mountains and it’s great for the explorer in you. With over 500 miles of trails, you’ll discover something new each and every time you set out, making it perfect for families, couples or lone travelers. You can see wildlife in their natural environment, from bobcats to coyotes to dolphins swimming in the sea. Even a mountain lion if you’re lucky enough – though don’t get too close! Perhaps you’d like to learn how Native Americans lived in the mountains for over 10,000 years or stargaze at night and watch the Milky Way light up the sky. Whether you plan your journey or make an impromptu trip, it’ll be a day to remember.
Perhaps the most recognizable landscape of Malibu is the Malibu Pier. The dual white towers, rustic wooden planks and views of the coast make the pier a bucket-list destination. You can go for a leisurely walk along it, watch the surfers take to the waves and see the dolphins come and say hello. Then there are the restaurants to explore – you should definitely go there at night when it’s lit up like a Hollywood movie. In fact, you can probably expect to see a few stars there too!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Malibu worth visiting?
Of course! There’s so much to do for any type of visitor. From leisurely walks across amazing landscapes to hiking to swimming to fine dining, there’s something for everyone.
Where is there to do in Malibu at night?
Check out Malibu Pier, it’s amazing at night time with the lights adorning the boardwalk. Or maybe walk to one of the national parks, such as the Santa Monica Mountains and watch the stars sparkle in the sky.
Where can I hang out in Malibu?
You can find the best Malibu California hotels and each of them will have their own suggestions, such as we do at the Good Nite Inn. Or you can visit any of the top attractions that we’ve listed above.
What is Malibu beach known for?
It’s one of California’s most famous beaches, ranging from Zuma Beach to the Malibu State Lagoon Beach. It’s a huge sandy stretch adorned by celebrity mansions.
Is there public access to Malibu beach?
You bet there is. Most access points to the beach, such as Zuma Beach or Malibu State Lagoon Beach have parking areas with affordable parking. Or you can go there on foot and find easy access down to the sand.