10 Activities In Malibu Every Staycation Should Include

Whether its spending a weekend  finding new shops and surf spots or dining  at a beloved local restaurant, seek out these local treasures to help you rediscover the wonder of this beautiful city.


Written by Leila Anawalt

With summer in full swing, Malibu Magazine put together our list of suggestions for Malibu residents to enjoy the beautiful weather and rediscover our community in the process. All of these activities are great for any occasion such as a date, family time, or even alone time. Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, relaxation, or a day at the beach, Malibu has so much to offer, and summer is the season to enjoy it all.

  1. Enjoy dinner under the stars


Saddlerock Gardens offers dreamy dinners in their garden where you can experience an unforgettable evening under the stars. Renowned chefs from all over the L.A. area are invited to create farm-to-table masterpieces for guests utilizing fresh produce right from the garden. Locally-produced wine is also paired with the meal to compliment each dish.

Dishes are served family style, creating a communal yet sophisticated experience.  You can’t help but feel the good energy radiate throughout the idyllic surroundings. 

(818) 889-0008 | saddlerockgardens.org


2. Book a room at the Surfrider Hotel

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The Surfrider Hotel’s rooftop patio is the ultimate destination for food and drink and presents the perfect excuse to book a room and enjoy the ultimate staycation, as it can only be accessed by guests. Everything from the menu to the decor to  the music is curated with Malibu in mind and is beautifully done. The Surfrider Hotel’s rooftop restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create delicoius yet light dishes. The rooftop also proffers an unparalled view of the the famous Surfrider beach and surfbreak. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the view any time of day as this breathtaking patio is meant to make you feel at home in your own beach house.  

(310) 526-6158 | www.thesurfridermalibu.com

3. Indulge at Veronica

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At Veronica Skin & Body Care Center, you’ll find all things luxury skincare and wellness. Experts at their spa will carefully examine your skin type to provide the best services and advice for a perfect, radiant glow. This wellness center also offers massages, facials, makeup, waxing, and even an infrared sauna. Customers can also bring Veronica home with them by shopping her line of skincare products available at the spa, which includes moisturizers and exfoliators. 

(310) 456-8883 | veronicaskincare.com

4. Spend a day on the water

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For those who seek adventure, Malibu Coastal Adventures offers fun outdoor activities such as boat tours, surfing, paddle boarding, diving, fishing, and more. For over 35 years, Captain Dave Ogle. a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captain, has been exploring the coastline between Point Conception all the way to the Mexican Border. Malibu Coast Adventures is the perfect way to explore Malibu’s coast. 

(310) 701-1996 | malibucoastaladventures.com

5. Eat a throwback dinner at the Old Place


At The Old Place restaurant, you will find an authentic, saloon-style ambiance and great food. This Western establishment has been family-run for generations, and their small scale adds to their authenticity. This means that their ingredients are always fresh, and the seating  and special orders are first come first serve. 

(818) 706-9001 | oldplacecornell.com

6. Go for a scenic hike on Tuna Canyon Trail

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The Tuna Canyon Trail is an easy hike that welcomes all hikers, dogs (on leashes), and mountain bikers. Located in between Topanga and Malibu, this trail presents outstanding views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Enjoy scenes of the Santa Monica Bay and the coast of Malibu as you walk through this local hidden gem. Head there on a clear day to get optimal, panoramic views. This trail is less populated therefore making it all the more peaceful, and a great escape from everyday life.

2802 Tuna Canyon Rd., Malibu | (323) 221-9944

7. Check out Malibu’s local art scene

Mask Off  by Aaron Lacy, at CANVAS.Malibu.

Mask Off by Aaron Lacy, at CANVAS.Malibu.

Smile  at the Wall Street Gallery

Smile at the Wall Street Gallery

Recently Malibu held its first art walk, comprising various local galleries. If you missed, don’t worry; summer is the perfect time to go on a tour of the galleries yourself. The Red Ladder Gallery in Cross Creek offers artwork from local artists such as Eamon Harrington. The Wall Street Gallery is located nearby, and offers thought-provoking, contemporary art by street and pop artists throughout L.A. Around the corner, Canvas displays beautifully-curated pieces along with contemporary clothing. 

8. Take a stroll through Bluffs Park


Malibu’s Bluff’s Park is a community park that overlooks The Pacific and The Santa Monica Bay and offers something for all visitors. The park contains recreational fields, picnic tables, and a playground, as well as serene trails with lovely views of the ocean and the rolling hills behind you. Set aside some time to yourself and take a tranquil stroll in this part of the park.  These lesser-known trails offer views of the ocean as well as the rolling hills behind you. Because it is more hidden, it is all the more peaceful and relaxing. 

9. Hit the waves at County Line


County Line is located at the intersection of Malibu and Ventura, right across from Neptune’s Net. The beach break tends to be calmer, and therefore better for beginning surfers. The beautifully-shaped point break wave is more suitable for experienced surfers. Bring your family to the beach, as there is plenty of room for relaxing on the sand with a good book after your surfing session. Remember, always be aware of your surroundings, and be polite, courteous, and respectful to other surfers any time you’re in the water.

10. Tour the Adamson House

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Visit a cornerstone of Malibu’s history at the Adamson House, home to the Adamsons, one of Malibu’s first families. Built in 1929, this National Historic Site museum offers an unparalleled look into old Malibu. The building was designed to the Adamson family’s liking, and today still contains original furnishings. The architectural design, as well as views of the Malibu Pier and Surfrider make it an enchanting site. MM

(310) 456-8432 | adamsonhouse.org

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