I’ve wanted to see Malibu for a very long time, and this year I finally got my chance. During April 2007, I went to L.A./Hollywood for a conference and decided to kick off the week by staying overnight in Malibu. I found a lovely and cozy hotel by the beach…in fact this place rakes its stretch of private beach everyday! It didn’t feel like a hotel, it seemed more like your own private beach house.
I did get out and about to explore Malibu. First I walked to the historic Pier and then went to the Malibu Country Mart. It’s a simple shopping center with a LOT of upscale shops and opportunities to possibly see celebrities. I took the city bus through the entire route from the library, past the famed Malibu colony, all the way out to Trancas/Broad Beach. On the way back, the bus went through the fancy neighborhoods there. It’s just like I read about, big ole pretty McMansions complete with gates and private property/private beach signs. Yes, there really are a lot of private beaches there, but as long as you stay below mean high tide those beaches by law are PUBLIC! The trick is finding the access points which are clearly marked along the PCH. To avoid the hassle, I recommend going to two very good public beaches there with easy access: Zuma and Surfriders beach near the Pier.
Later that day, I visited several surf shops and conversed about surf history with the folks in the stores. Boy was I shocked when they told me that the real Gidget never surfed. Sure didn’t seem that way from the books lol.
I fell asleep that night to the sound of the birds and the ocean, and I got up early in the morning to the same sound. Very relaxing and good for the body, soul and spirit. I decided to take a walk along the famed “billionaires” beach and I saw dealmaker’s rock. Had the run of the place since it was around 7 a.m. I collected several seashells, and later on when I was back at the hotel enjoying a continental breakfast on the patio overlooking the beach, I saw several dolphins in the ocean. That was a real treat! I think the thing that surprised me most about Malibu was seeing so much nature in the town. When going through the campus of Pepperdine University I saw at least 5 deer grazing amongst the students. They didn’t seem to fear people at all!
I had heard that unless you look like you “fit in” no one would talk to you, but I found that to not be true. Your mileage may vary, but most of the people I met there there were very friendly and very helpful when I asked questions about their town. The other pleasant surprise about Malibu? So many guys both younger and older flirting with this middle age broad! I was very pleased to find out that one does NOT have to look like Pamela Anderson to get male attention there. A girl could get very spoiled here…
To me, starting my week off this low key way before going to the hustle and bustle of a busy conference in Los Angeles was perfect. It was so idyllic, I almost didn’t want to leave Malibu. I know one thing’s for certain. it was my first time in the “Bu” but it will NOT be my last time. I have to go back to retrieve my heart which I left there :)
over 6 years ago