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Monte Nido Retreat,  minutes to Malibu/Pepperdine
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Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Monte Nido Retreat, minutes to Malibu/PepperdineMonte Nido is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains between Calabasas and Malibu, 5 minutes away from Pepperdine University in Malibu. You can walk to the Backbone trail head from our yard. The guest house has a private entrance, full kitchen, bath and french doors that open up to a private patio with a fountain. There is also a private deck for star gazing and afternoon naps. Perfect for hiking, biking, surfing, and relaxation. There are no streetlights or sidewalks. It is truly paradise.

MCM Malibu Private Studio Amazing Ocean Views
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Entire guest suite · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

MCM Malibu Private Studio Amazing Ocean Views**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE BELOW** Modern & spacious guest suite, spectacular ocean views. Giant sliding glass doors on two walls completely open the space. The line between inside and outside melts away to create a uniquely relaxing experience & unbeatable views of Malibu. Completely private lower unit below the main house. All inside and outside spaces shown are private. Tons of outdoor loungers & seating. Kitchenette with induction cooktop. In-unit washer/dryer. Organic bamboo sheets.

Malibu Modern 1 bedroom Pool House
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Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Malibu Modern 1 bedroom Pool House*COVID UPDATE: Please note that we have implemented a strict cleaning protocol between guests which includes sanitizing the pool house with the use of an ozone machine after every guest checks out. Secluded Private pool 5 minutes to PCH Powerful A/C and heat 4 miles to "downtown" Malibu, 10 miles to Santa Monica Strong Wifi (116 Mbps) Check-in: 3:00PM-8:00PM (No check-ins after 8:00PM) Check-out: 11:00am Two guests maximum, no unregistered visitors NO PARTIES NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON PROPERTY

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The Vista Malibu Mountaintop Retreat Villa & Garden
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Sweeping Ocean & Mountain Views, 5 Min to Beach
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Idyllic, Romantic Beachfront Apartment in Malibu
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Malibu SeaView Oasis across the PCH from the Ocean
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Malibu’s Ocean view quaint & private guest suite!
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  • Learn to Surf in Malibu
    I use a few different beaches in Malibu so the beach we will be meeting on will be based on the conditions for the day you come. The beaches that I use are between the famous Malibu Pier in Southern Malibu to Zuma Beach in the Northern part of Malibu. Start to finish is 1 1/2 hours. The first 20 minutes we will consist of a beach lesson on the sand where we will go over the basics of surfing. We will go over water safety, paddling, balancing and the proper technique of surfing. Then out in the water for the rest of the time catching waves. My goal is to have you catch as many waves as possible in the time we spend together. I also almost guaranty that you will stand up and ride many waves. Other things to note I will supply surfboards, wetsuits and lesson. This Experience can be booked any time during any day. If you want to book it for a different time, please message me and let me know what time works.
    From Price:$99 / person
  • Surf Beginnings Private Instruction Zuma Beach Malibu, Ca
    Hello and welcome back to the 2021 Season! Fall Equinox Start Time Changes Monday Sept, 20th 9:00am All sessions are private and by appointment only. Loose the crowds... only 30-45 min away from Los Angeles at Zuma Beach, Malibu. If the ocean stresses you out...take the Ocean Confidence. GO back and please read. Beginning surfing- here's what we'll do...  * (Basics) teaches you the foundation of understanding the ocean waves, entering and exiting safely. Learn and identify rip currents, swell direction, wave height and the behavior of the ocean.  * (Wave Training / Self Rescue/ BodySurfing) coaches you into and through the wave while sustaining breathing and a calm mental approach. * (Surf Beginnings) teaches you how to use a foam top longboard. Learn the basics of board safety, balance and techniques. Recommended for teen to adults. If you'd like a different time, please message me and let me know what time works. Weather may cause delay or cancellation (100% Refundable) We adhere to the guidelines of the WHO, CDC, Los Angeles Health Department and Los Angeles Beaches and Harbors for our students safety. Our education base works with those who have never been in the ocean. I also encourage those with phobias and disabilities to participate. Trust is the foundation. Go to Alolkaicalifornia for all the latest news!
    From Price:$99 / person
  • Private Horseback Ride in Malibu
    High Horse Malibu offers private horseback rides in one of the most secluded and scenic areas in Malibu! Our trails traverse rolling hills, wooded canyons, and striking rock formations, with sweeping ocean vistas around every corner! A one of a kind experience you won't forget. Right after you book you'll receive an email from us collecting some basic info (physical stats, riding experience, etc.) so that we have the perfect horses tacked and ready when you arrive. Upon arrival you'll be introduced to your guide and acquainted with your horse. We start every ride off with a ten to fifteen minute riding lesson to get you comfortable and confidant. When everyone feels good - we hit the trail! There are plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the ride. Our goal is for everyone who rides with us to leave with an appreciation for horses and a love of riding! Things to note: If you plan to take an Uber or other ride share service - please make arrangements for pick up prior to being dropped off. It is difficult (sometimes impossible) to get cell service at the ranch depending on your provider. The rider weight limit is 200lbs. Exceptions made for riders over 6ft tall. You must be at least 8 years old to ride. For riders under 8 - ask us about our kids pony lessons! There is no public restroom at this time.
    From Price:$175 / person
  • Private Mountain Horseback ride
    You will start your adventure at Sunny Dust Ranch where you will meet our wonderful tribe of animals. We will connect you with a horse based on your weight, energy, and experience level. While we are getting your horse ready, feel free to hang out with our dogs and chickens. We will take a moment to fill out waivers, give you a crash course riding demonstration, and we'll get you mounted and on our way. We'll explore the gorgeous Santa Monica mountains and possibly stumble across a family of deer. The trails are endless in our local mountains with over 8,000 acres of rolling tall-grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks with an abundance of local flora and fauna. You will certainly enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains with breathtaking panorama views during a guided intimate ride with our happy horses. Other things to note Please be on time! Plan on arriving 10 minutes early and keep LA traffic in mind, we allow a 15 minute grace period. If there is a time/date that you don’t see available, send us a private message!
    From Price:$125 / person
  • Stand up Paddle Board in Malibu
    We will take you on an amazing paddle board guided tour through the most beautiful beaches in Malibu. We offer incredible experiences for all levels: first-timers to seasoned paddle boarders. All gear is provided. For first timers, your first 15 minutes will be a lesson on the beach to go over all of the basics of paddle boarding, and then out on the water to get comfortable on your board, and then paddle up the coast for the rest of your time. You will be surprised how easy it is to pick up. For the more experienced paddle boarders, we offer longer, more experienced tours for you to see the beautiful coastline of Malibu while getting a great workout at the same time. I also bring a GoPro camera and take pictures and videos of your experience. Come out for a beautiful sunset paddle at my 5:00pm-7:00pm time slot. Other things to note Bring a bathing suit, sunscreen and a towel. Everything else will be provided.
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Your guide to Malibu

All About Malibu

Malibu might be California's only seaside town whose residents are as famous as its beaches. This photogenic slice of sand and surf fits firmly into the Los Angeles ethos: It’s beautiful, breezy, and irresistible. Here, celebrity homes and beachfront retreats have overlooked one of Southern California's most pristine coastlines since the 1930s. As Malibu has grown in status and fame, it has added flashy see-and-be-seen restaurants but somehow still retains the quaint charm of a small town. Its 20 square miles contain more than three dozen beaches, and choosing the right one is important. If waves and tan lines aren’t your thing, however, Malibu is hemmed in by the Santa Monica Mountains, which beckon trail runners, hikers, and wild animals.


How do I get around Malibu?

Malibu is located near the western edge of Los Angeles County, 18 miles west of Santa Monica, on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. The most convenient airport to fly into is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is 29 miles away. Expect it to take approximately one hour to make the trip by car due to frequent traffic in the area. Taxis and rideshares are both available at this busy airport; there’s also a bus that takes approximately two hours. Oxnard Airport (KOXR) is a smaller airport served by a few commercial flights, but its location 30 miles to the north means you can reach Malibu in 40 minutes by car.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Malibu?

Malibu's weather is flat-out gorgeous. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, almost any time of year is a good time to visit. If you're looking for the classic golden sun and swimsuit weather, then July through September are the ideal months to visit, with average highs in the mid-70s Fahrenheit but plenty of days rising into the 80s. This is peak season, so be sure to book well in advance. The coldest months are December through February, with temperatures often dipping into the 40s, though you'll still get rogue warm days. Winter is often pleasant enough for you to take advantage of the local bluffs and mountains, but summer and fall are best for water sports.


What are the top things to do in Malibu?

Point Dume Nature Preserve

The long, craggy bluff jutting into the Pacific Ocean known as Point Dume has become a Malibu icon. It's an ideal perch from which to watch the sunset or, from December to April, spot migrating gray whales. The preserve is connected to a state beach that's popular for swimming, scuba diving, and long scenic walks. Point Dume also abuts another not-to-be-missed Malibu attraction: Zuma Beach.

Paradise Cove

One of the most notable beaches in Malibu delivers a one-two punch: prime beach real estate and a cafe with ocean-view seating that is nearly as coveted. People line up early to stake out a table. To the east is a row of Malibu mansions clinging to coastal bluffs, and to the west, a stretch of sandstone cliffs tailor-made for sunset strolls.

Escondido Falls

At 150 feet tall, Escondido Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Southern California, and the trail leading up to it offers a refreshing shady break from worshipping the sun. The waterfall’s three tiers cascade down a series of limestone ledges. To reach it, tread the 3.8-mile moderate trail from Winding Way East. The reward will be worth it.

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