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Camping in Malibu

5 May 2008  New to California, exploring LA.
1.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

A weekend in May camping in Malibu.

  • 1. Malibu Beach RV Park
    Malibu Beach RV Park, Malibu, California

    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.

  • 2. Point Dume State Beach and Preserve
    Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, Malibu, California

    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.

  • 3. Zuma Beach Starbucks

    Coffee, cakes and the weekend papers sat in the sunshine looking over Zuma Beach.

  • 4. Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
    Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, Malibu, California

    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....

  • 5. Malibu Bluff Park

    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.

  • 6. Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach
    Malibu Pier, Malibu, California

    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.

  • 7. Malibu Colony
    Malibu Colony, Malibu, California

    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.

  • 8. Malibu Country Mart

    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.

  • 9. Paradise Cove
    Paradise Cove, Malibu, California

    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....

  • 10. Malibu Creek State Park
    Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, California

    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).

  • 11. Mulholland Drive
    Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, California

    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.