Secrets of Malibu
Malibu the city is practically a secret to many Los Angeles locals (since it's a long drive for many) but what about the actual secrets in Malibu itself? As always, we are here to provide the biggest and best guides to LA, so we present your guide to Malibu secrets. From secluded beaches to hidden beach clubs, the best surfing spots to a real Old West Saloon, we've curated a fantastic list of choices to help you explore the hidden side of Malibu that you didn't know existed.
Pirate's Cove Beach
Pirate's Cove Beach, Malibu, CA 90265
This isolated inlet is considered a true gem when it comes to the Malibu beach scene. Tucked between the seaside bluffs separating Zuma and Point Dume, its calming scenery and obscured visibility from the public view have made it a spot primarily frequented by locals. Most of the time, one is not likely to find many other people around when visiting this beach, making it the perfect location for relaxation and basking in a natural ambiance. You also may recognize this secret beach from some classic movies.
Topanga Lookout Trail
Saddle Peak Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
This is an easy-to-miss hiking spot because it is one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains. One of the more unique trails you'll find in Los Angeles. this short, 2-mile, round-trip hike leads to a concrete, graffiti-covered foundation that encompasses the culture of Los Angeles in a single figure. It also provides some great photo-ops with gorgeous natural scenery, so be sure to stop by and take some snaps. This is a moderately challenging hike, so be sure to come prepared with water and the proper gear.
3455 Solstice Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
While Solstice canyon itself is not necessarily unknown, it does contain some hidden secrets that have yet to gain public traction. Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, between Pepperdine University and Point Dume, Solstice Canyon, is a beautiful and unique scenic hike. One of its hidden features is the Keller House, which is often touted as one of the oldest houses in Malibu and has withstood 100 years of wildfires.
Robert's Ranch House
Corral Canyon, Malibu, California, 90265, United States
In 1952, grocer Fred Roberts and his wife Florence commissioned Paul R. Williams to design a modern home for them at their family ranch. Tucked away in Solstice canyon, it was previously comprised of privately owned roads and equestrian trails, and the ruins were inaccessible. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Dempsey however, it has now become accessible to the public. While all that remains is a bomb shelter and some fireplaces, it retains the strong aura of the period during which it was built, and the surrounding area is quite breathtaking.
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
This hidden gem in Malibu is a premier seaside destination for high-end shopping and dining. Aside from its diverse dining options for guests, it distinguishes itself from other malls due to the fact that it is mostly home to small business boutiques rather than more well-known popular brands. Most of these shops will not be found anywhere else, so be sure to stop by if you enjoy a high-quality shopping experience and supporting small businesses.
23200 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
The Adamson House and its associated land, which was known as Vaquero Hill in the 19th century, is a historic house and garden that rests on the coast within Malibu Lagoon State Beach park. Its grounds are open daily from 8 am to sunset, and offer general public tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It is designated a National Historic Site and a California Historic Landmark.
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Located on a secluded beach that serves as a great surf spot, this Cafe is perfect for quenching that post-wave-shredding appetite. With great pastries, croissants, surfside tropical drinks & American fare, Paradise Cove is an enclosed airy cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating, and an exciting Californian coast atmosphere. Whether you're looking to relax and enjoy a meal or grab a drink and relax on the beach, you'll definitely want to make time to stop by this amazing cafe.
23000 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
The Malibu Farm is a rustic-chic bistro with an oceanfront deck that serves uses farm fresh ingredients in its menu; offering new American fare with local wine. The Breaded Mustard Chicken Entree, strawberry ice cream, and organic nacho mix are all great secret menu items, but it's the view that is particularly marvelous. While there, you will feel as though you are, quite literally, dining on the ocean as the patio offers a direct view of the beachside scenery.
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
This secret snack shop has been running for years, and yet many people still don't know about it. With outdoor picnic tables that are perfect for a sunny day, they serve sandwiches, salads, and soups, with the Ivo Style Burger being one of their specialty items. They also have a fantastic gift shop that will guide you toward your wallet.
42505 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
Serving fresh seafood in Malibu Beach since 1958, Neptune's Net is considered a hidden treasure of a restaurant packed with delicious seafood meals and an energetic beachside atmosphere. Their "Fish n Chips" is one of the best-tasting foods in Malibu and also happens to be one of their most popular. They have both indoor and outdoor seating providing flexibility for a nice spot to grab a meal away from the city noise.
The Sunset Restaurant
6800 Westward Beach Road Malibu, CA 90265
Because it's tucked down the road along Zuma Beach, The Sunset feels like a secluded spot. They combine a relaxed atmosphere with a wide range of cocktails, seafood & meat entrees, alongside patio seating with Pacific Ocean views. It is situated beautifully on the water in Westward beach and is perfect for any dining occasion (family, friends, or date night). P.S. The Lobster Taco is worth trying at least once.
Malibu Wine Hikes
32111 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
A calm hike with beautiful scenery, these beautiful trails are tucked in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains and offer a 2-mile loop through the scenic surroundings. On this trail, you'll encounter beautiful ranches, vineyards, lakes, and organic gardens (that all provide some insta-worthy photo-ops). When booking a tour, you'll get the chance to pick from an amazing selection of wines.
Leo Carrillo State Park
35000 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Leo Carrillo State Park is a quiet place to relax and clear the mind - known as a well-kept secret among its frequents since it stretches into Santa Monica Mountains. Located on the beach with some gorgeous coastal caves & reefs, it is also a great spot for swimming, surfing, camping, hiking, and surfing.
Cliffside Dr & Birdview Ave, Malibu, CA 90265
Whether you're looking to jog, hike, swim, or just get in some daily snaps for your Malibu trip, Point Dume has secret rocky bluffs and one of the best views of a Pacific Ocean sunset. This spot is also home to the mysterious Malibu Alien Underwater Base, yet to be found.
Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 90265
The Escondido Falls hike leads to one of the most unique and spectacular waterfalls in Southern California. This waterfall is not well known to tourists but is appreciated by locals. The trail to the "falls" offers an adventurous, jungle-like atmosphere the further you travel into it and is encompassed by lush greenery surrounded by beautiful wildflowers. The yearly rainfall will determine how much waterfall is falling.
The Getty Villa
17985 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
If you enjoy Greek and Roman art and architecture then you will definitely want to stop by this beautiful, seaside country villa. This spot is not as well-known as the "Getty," however, the beautiful gardens, breathtaking ponds, incredibly detailed architecture, and the free tour makes this a gem you definitely don't want to miss out on.
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple
17190 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
This amazing self-reflection garden, surrounded by authentic South Asian architecture, is almost completely unknown by most Angelenos. Peace, quiet, and tranquility all come together in this contemplative retreat where individuals can experience weekends in silence (while enjoying beautiful Pacific ocean views). It also has a great gift shop with literature in over 15 languages, beautiful art, stationery, and other interesting souvenirs. They also offer lessons in yoga psychology - complete with pamphlets making it one of the more unique things to do in LA.
2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Many classic Western films were made here and now the location provides easy-to-moderate scenic hikes through the chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. It's also a special spot for horseback riding through the ranch that served as a filming location for Westworld, The X-Files, and Dukes of Hazard.
Secret Swings at Carbon Beach
22150 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA
Enter through the main gain and head left, you will eventually encounter the secret swings of Malibu. On the way to the swings, you'll catch a view of the many beautiful mansions and beachside homes resting on the shore. The swings themselves are perfectly seated below a bridge on the beach that provides shade and a perfect view of the glistening ocean.
Cielo Estate Winery
31424 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Translation: Winery of Heaven, appropriately titled, is located in the heart of the Malibu Hills, and is a true gem of the city offering over 20 wines exclusive to its tastes. It is a family owned and operated farm with breathtaking vineyards. At the center is a stone barn with a rustic wood design, serving fantastic pizza, and wine.
Malibu Country Inn
6506 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
If you are looking for a secluded place to stay during your visit or local getaway then check out the Malibu Country Inn. This amazing, hidden gem in Malibu provides seclusion and tranquility. It not only has a secret garden but houses its guests in beautiful cottages. It's close to the Getty Villa and other Malibu secrets, so consider staying here if you want a bit of distance from the hustle and bustle of LA's main cities.
Moon Shadows Malibu
20356 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Moon Shadows offers oceanfront dining and serves its guests dinner, quite literally, on the water. While primarily known for its authentic seafood menu, many people don't know about its lesser-known vegan menu, with one of its most popular items being the famous Risotto. They also have a great drink selection, with the blood orange martini being a popular highlight.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach, California 90265
If you are looking for a place with killer waves and amazing surf, you will definitely need to make your way to Surfrider on Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Here, Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, and it happens to be one of the best surf spots in Southern California. It's not just a secluded surfing spot but also a great space for jogging along the beachside.
The Country Kitchen
21239 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
This is secluded spot for a great breakfast burrito is located across from La Costa Beach. It is easy to miss, but you don't want to miss out on this famous menu item: egg, potato, cheese, bacon, and avocado burrito. Many customers have rated it a 10/10 review and included it on their favorite breakfast burritos of all time.
327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Calamigos Ranch is filled with endless activities and is settled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu Wine Country. They have a private beach club, a stunning hotel that is tucked in the hills, and a phenomenal wedding venue. It is isolated but close enough to the rest of city, giving off a "VIP exclusive" vibe. Not only is this the perfect place for a stunning California wedding but it also is home to Malibu Cafe and Saloon Coffee.
Old Place Cornell
29983 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains (near Malibu lake), this old-time eatery is one truly an underrated gem. It is an authentic saloon and outpost from the 1800s that was turned into a unique restaurant with a mainly brick architecture that is beloved by locals. Serving hearty American eats cooked over a fire, eating here will feel as though you are in the old West. The oak fire and peacocks in the yard round out this secret spot to show off to your friends.
22741 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
This is the perfect spot to visit if you want to meditate, exercise, or simply get some work done. With beautiful scenery, it is frequented more for group exercising but is also a great secret study spot. The gorgeous view of the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway as well as their private events and bar are some of its main highlights. It is more available to locals who can visit more often since it requires a membership to visit,
Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio
18741 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
This restaurant is a hidden gem for live music and movie-watching in Malibu (all while tasting amazing wines, many of which are native to Malibu). The social setting is mostly outdoors, making for a great natural ambiance that is perfect for wine tasting. Food trucks frequent this spot to provide food to pair with your wine selections. Want to dip your toes in the ocean? The beach is right across the PCH, just make sure to find a safe spot to cross over.
Malibu Cigar Club
22631 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
An exclusive spot that contains an excellent variety of quality cigars. It offers a one-of-a-kind smoking experience in California. With a great ocean view, this is the perfect place to grab a drink, your favorite cigar, and just relax. With a fresh ocean breeze and views from sunrise to sunset, this is a truly great place to chill and detox from life's troubles.
Phillips Theme Tower
Malibu, CA 90265
Phillips Theme Tower is a majestic 125-foot structure that stands tall above the entrance to Pepperdine's Campus. Its dramatic cross is a visible symbol of Pepperdine's fervent spiritual focus present throughout the Malibu campus. Whether you are looking to preview the school or simply would like to check out the beauty of the campus, this tower will highlight your visit.
Wishtoyo Chumash Village
30215 Morning View Dr, Malibu, CA 90265
Wishtoyo's Chumash Village is a unique and authentic re-creation of a working Native American village on a four-acre historical site at Nicholas Canyon. Around 8,000 years old, this village is settled on the beach side and has breathtaking scenery. You will experience an amazing exchange of culture with the natives and learn more things about the history of the land and people than you ever would have otherwise.
23231 Palm Canyon Ln, Malibu, CA 90265
This beautiful farm is not your typical petting zoo. If you want to balance a goat on your back, dine with one, or simply make friends with one, then take a trip to Malibu Goats. It is perfect for a family day out and many kids love it. Besides goat yoga, they also serve a great brunch, giving you the opportunity to dine with these furry friends.
Malibu Pyramid House
24861 Rotunda Mesa Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Considered one of Malibu's more hidden architectural gems, the Malibu pyramid house is a unique place to visit (it was an Airbnb). Located in the gated Saddle Peak community, the Malibu Pyramid House allows lucky guests to experience the magic of the mountaintop in a peaceful, tranquil space. If you want to get your Zen on then check it out ASAP.
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