Malibu, a 21-mile strip of coast in Los Angeles County, promises all the sunshine, sand, and surf of a dream California vacation. It's a serene and sleepy city, with the natural beauty of the Pacific on one side and the Santa Monica Mountains on the other, augmented by some interesting monuments and museums. Spend unforgettable days there exploring beaches, coastal lagoons, and canyon trails, and dining at waterfront restaurants before retiring to one of the delightful Malibu hotels.
If you're staying at one of the hotels near Malibu, you'll most likely fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 15 miles south of the city limits. Getting to Los Angeles hotels from LAX is generally easiest with a rental car, though it is also possible to use public transport. Take a shuttle from the terminal to the LAX Transit Center, where you can hop on a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus or Culver CityBus, then change to one of the Los Angeles Metro buses that stop along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. You can also prearrange shared van services, or pick up a taxi outside any terminal. Malibu rental cars make it easy to get to the many beaches and other attractions of the city, most of which are along the Pacific Coast Highway. Among the most popular beaches in Malibu are Zuma, Point Dume, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, also known as Surfrider Beach. Get a glimpse into the Malibu of old with a visit to the Adamson House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beautiful coastal property was built in 1930 as the home of Malibu's original landowners. You can also shop at the Malibu Country Mart, hike in the mountains, fish off Malibu Pier, and see remarkable ancient Greek and Roman art at the Getty Villa, just outside Malibu in Pacific Palisades.
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