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Apartment in Malibu
Idyllic, Romantic Beachfront Apartment in Malibu
Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves in this charming beachfront apartment. The light, airy home features open-plan living and a wall of windows to maximize the amazing views. Enjoy drinks on the deck and a sunset over the water—it's pure bliss. This beachfront apartment is right above the sand and surf. At night the sounds of the sea will lull you to sleep. During the day, you can watch the sea lions sunning on the rocks and dolphins and whales swimming by or go for a walk along the water's edge and dive in yourself. This is an amazing place to have a glass of wine and watch the sunset and relax! In the evening, the lights of the "Queen's Necklace" glimmer in the distance and the moonlight shines on the water. The living room is cozy with two loveseats to snuggle in and watch a movie on the 50" flat screen TV. Three large sliding glass doors open up if you want to let the ocean breezes blow through. The kitchen is small but fully equipped with an apartment size stove and oven, a microwave, a Keurig coffee maker and a French press, tea kettle, toaster and all the dishes and pots and pans you need. A round table with linens provides a beautiful spot for morning coffee. The bedroom has a queen bed with a new organic mattress and designer sheets, pillows and duvet. There is a large closet with room to store your clothes. Books line the bookshelves if you'd like something to read. Mostly, this is just a quiet, beautiful space to put your feet up and really relax while watching the endless panorama of the natural world outside. And....if you want to feel like a movie star, the apartment was recently used as a glamorous setting in an independent film due out soon!!! Two-person kayak (life jackets available) Boogie Boards and a surfboard Television with premium channels (HBO, Showtime, etc.) Wi-Fi Shared entry gate with one other unit. My husband and I live in a small cottage above the apartment but the only shared space is the entry door. We rarely even see our guests. However, I am always available to answer questions or concerns but almost no one has them! Situated directly above the sand and surf, the home is in a residential area along the Malibu coast, away from the tourist areas. Take in the stars at night while strolling along the beach, or eat at one of the nearby restaurants right on the water. There is bus service available just a minute from the apartment that will take you into Santa Monica or the center of Malibu, or farther north to some of Malibu's more remote beaches. Uber is readily available. At high tide, the ocean may come right up to the seawall limiting beach availability. This all depends on the moon, the tides and the amount of sand that we have. This can really vary from day to day and depending on the season. This winter, rough seas washed away our private stairs to the beach, so guests need to use the public access stairs just a few houses away and a very short walk.
$486 per night
Bungalow in Malibu
Malibu, Carbon Beach- Bungalow Ten
Watch the waves, surfers, and sailboats under clear blue skies from the whitewashed porch right on the golden sand of Carbon Beach. This fresh, neutral-hued bungalow boasts panoramic views from Santa Monica to the Malibu Pier and beyond. Located at ground level on the sands of private Carbon Beach, this beautiful beachfront bungalow has sunrise to sunset panoramic views from Santa Monica to the Malibu Pier and beyond. The living area and private deck provide a pristine front row seat to watch the waves, surfers and sail boats with no one above or below. The best restaurants and shopping in Malibu are within easy walking distance as are movie theaters, the historical Adamson House, water sports and the world famous Surfrider Beach… And when you're ready to take a break from the beach, just minutes away you'll find some of the best hiking and biking in Southern California at the parks of the Santa Monica Mountains. A lovely one bedroom/one bath bungalow beautifully furnished with queen bed and down bedding, additional queen size pull out sofa sleeper in the living room, a fully appointed kitchen, AC, washer/dryer, Wifi, Apple TV and large HD smart TVs in both the bedroom/living room. Download the free Sonos app and wirelessly listen to your own playlists, subscriber music services or local radio stations from your Blue Tooth device on our state of the art Sonos sound system. One private parking space is also included at no additional charge. Guests have direct access to exclusive Carbon Beach. Walk out the front door and you're on the sand. There is not an on-site property manager but we are available by email or telephone to answer any questions or concerns you may have. An affluent beach town west of Los Angeles, Malibu consists of 27-miles of prime Pacific coastline. The community is famous for warm, sandy beaches including Surfrider, Topanga, and Point Dume, while restaurants and shopping are within easy reach. There are several restaurants, shopping, bike/surf rentals, fishing, swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and much more within walking distance. There is public transportation via bus, taxi or personal auto. Santa Monica is only 11 miles and Venice just 13. Santa Monica pier is just over 11 miles, Venice is a little more than 13 miles, centrally located it provides easy access to the the famous Highway 1 (pacific coast highway).
$290 per night
Guest suite in Malibu
MCM Malibu Private Studio Amazing Ocean Views
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. Recently added portable A/C unit.
$320 per night

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Malibu?

    Malibu enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Summer temperatures range around 75°F (24°C), while winters average 59°F (15°C). Mornings can be foggy due to coastal conditions, but the sun usually breaks through by midday.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Malibu?

    In Malibu, you can enjoy activities such as hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, surfing at Surfrider Beach, or bird-watching at the Malibu Lagoon State Park. You may also enjoy exploring the local arts scene at the Malibu Arts Festival or strolling around the boutiques and restaurants at the Malibu Country Mart.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Malibu?

    The most popular time to visit Malibu is between March and October when the weather is warm and sunny. The Malibu Chili Cook-Off in September and the Malibu Arts Festival in July are two popular local events that draw many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Malibu?

    For those eager to stay near the beach, properties in Zuma Beach and Carbon Beach are frequently suggested. For a more secluded, scenic setting, consider homes in the Malibu Hills. For proximity to restaurants and shops, the Malibu Colony area is often recommended.

  • What are the best places to visit in Malibu?

    In Malibu, visitors often explore the Getty Villa, the Malibu Creek State Park, and the Malibu Pier. Other popular attractions include Zuma Beach, Point Dume State Beach, and the Malibu Lagoon Museum, each providing a unique perspective on Malibu's natural and cultural charm.

  • What are some hiking trails in Malibu?

    There are several hiking trails in Malibu to satisfy outdoor enthusiasts. The 6 miles (10 km) Solstice Canyon Trail, the 4.5 miles (7 km) Escondido Falls Trail, and the 2.5 miles (4 km) Point Dume Cove Trail are frequently suggested. Each trail offers distinctive views of Malibu's diverse landscapes.

  • What are some family activities to do in Malibu?

    Malibu provides a variety of family-friendly activities. Explore marine life at the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, hike trails at Malibu Creek State Park, or learn about local history at the Adamson House Museum. You may also enjoy a picnic at Zuma Beach or a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Malibu?

    Popular day trips from Malibu include a drive to Los Angeles to explore its cultural and entertainment scene, a trip to the Santa Monica Pier, or a visit to the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. Nature lovers often enjoy a day at the Channel Islands National Park, reachable by a short ferry ride.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Malibu?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 360 vacation rentals in Malibu featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Malibu?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Malibu. Choose from more than 230 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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Stay near Malibu's top sights

Malibu Pier244 locals recommend
El Matador Beach222 locals recommend
Point Dume State Beach58 locals recommend
Duke's Malibu161 locals recommend
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe267 locals recommend
Nobu Malibu477 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Malibu

Total rentals

600 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

360 properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

140 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

230 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

430 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

33K reviews

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.

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.

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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