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Arrive on Friday evening, missing the morning traffic along the PCH. Tent camping spot overlooking the Pacific ($33, off peak season). Each spot has plenty of space, nearby toilets and showers, onsite barbeque. Wake up to watch dolphins playing in the ocean.
Start Saturday with a walk along Point Dume beach (west of the RV park), watching the surfers and remembering we'll never be as cool as them.
Coffee, cakes and the weekend papers sat in the sunshine looking over Zuma Beach.
Either pay the $10 to park in the state park, or pull up for free on the roadside. Rocks are found at the medium tide mark, so swimming isn't so easy here, but it's fun paddling around the tidal pools. We spent a few hours getting sunburnt here....
Driving back east towards Malibu, stop in Malibu Bluff park to watch the locals playing baseball, overlooked by the impressive buildings of Pepperdine University nestled in the Santa Monica mountains. Look out to sea to hunt for dolphins.
Park up near Malibu Pier ($10, or $3 with restaurant validation, or free if you can find a space on the road). Walk along the Sports Fishing pier, then along the beach towards the Malibu Lagoon, watching the birds fly overhead and the surfers on Surfrider beach.
Past the lagoon, the colony is the home of the beautiful and the rich. The beach is private down to the mean high tide line, but those seeking the homes of the famous can walk along in the surf. Finish with a cocktail and some Truffle chips at the Malibu Pier Cocktail Club.
A wander round the expensive boutiques of the Country Mart. Many of the recommended restaurants are here in the open plan shopping center, but none of them took our fancy (it's just not the same sitting in a shopping center!). We picked up supplies and barbeques back at the RV park.
Start Sunday with a wonderful breakfast at Paradise Cove. $3 parking with restaurant validation, plus around $35 for breakfast for two. Slightly slow service when busy, but gives you time to watch the waves crash onto the beach just a few feet away. A beautiful setting....
Drive north from Malibu, following the canyon into the mountains. $8 to park, then a 2-3 hour walk along a well-kept path, 0.8 miles to the visitor centre, 1.5 miles to Century Lake and 2.5 miles to one of the old sets for the TV series MASH (complete with two rusty old US Army vehicles).
Finish the weekend by picking up Mulholland Highway just to the north of Malibu Creek State Park, and following it through the mountains back towards Hollywood.