As the Santa Monica Bay curves on its northern edge, the beaches run east and west, creating a beautiful setting and making for some great surfing on good days. Since the days of beach-blanket movies and Beach Boys songs, this place has exemplified Southern California beach culture.
Pros and Cons
From a visitor's perspective, the Malibu coastline is too pretty for its own good and you'll spend more time than you want to driving past the backs of houses that face the beach. Go far enough north and you'll begin to see what all the fuss is about.
More About the Malibu Coast
Malibu Coast Drive - Do it in a few hours - or make a day of it.
Malibu's Getty Villa is worth a stop, a confection of Greek and Roman antiquities in a villa taken right out of the pages of history.
See where it is on a map. It's the purple-colored push pin.