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Popular amenities for Malibu vacation rentals

Stay near Malibu's top sights

Malibu Pier244 locals recommend
Point Dume State Beach58 locals recommend
El Matador Beach222 locals recommend
Duke's Malibu161 locals recommend
Malibu Country Mart195 locals recommend
Malibu Bluffs Park17 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Malibu

  • Total rentals

    620 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    36K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    450 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    240 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    150 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    390 properties have a dedicated workspace

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.

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 390 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 240 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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