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Beach Insider: Malibu

Beach Insider: Malibu

The Charm of the Open Coast

We are days away from the official start of summer — a season synonymous with longer days, lapping ocean waves and soft sand on bare feet. To celebrate, we’ve tapped local insiders for their favorite beach destinations, memorable stays and unforgettable eats across America. We’ll share new locales throughout the summer, but nothing seems more perfect to kick it off than the sunny, chic city of Malibu, California. Joelle Maynard, founder of beach-driven fashion and lifestyle brand Hamabla, walks us through the ultimate coastal getaway.

Best Beach

"Each beach in Malibu has its own unique charm, but the beaches at Leo Carrillo State Parkare fantastic and make for an incredible day by the ocean. The dramatic rock formations are absolutely stunning and unique to the area. The beaches themselves have expansive flat areas and are often much less crowded than others in Malibu. At low tide there are incredible tidepools, rocky areas and small caves that are fun to explore."

Eat, Drink, Repeat

"Malibu Farm at the Pier is the quintessential Malibu experience. There are actually two restaurants, one closer to PCH and the other all the way at the end of the pier overlooking the ocean. The food is farm-to-table heaven, with an organic menu of carefully selected local produce and sustainable seafood."

Retail Therapy

"Room at the Beach at the Malibu Country Mart is a hidden gem — a beautifully curated store founded by Elizabeth Lamont that's stocked with unique home goods, handmade gifts and ocean-inspired curiosities."



"Although I live just a mile away, my husband and I love to escape for a mini staycation at the Surfrider Hotel. It’s a recently renovated hotel in the heart of Malibu, right across from the Malibu Pier on PCH. It had a rich history as an iconic 1950s-era hotel, but now the vibe is California cool, minimalist chic with warm, modern touches. It’s the perfect size for a boutique hotel, with just 20 rooms, so it feels as if you’re at your very own beach house."

HERO: @Surfrider Malibu

BEST BEACH: @Surfrider Malibu

EAT, DRINK, REPEAT: @Tanveer Badal

RETAIL: @Malibu Country Mart


There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen

Imagine getting caught in the rain while kayaking at one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Known for its stunning turquoise-colored lake, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, elk, and moose.

Reel: @reneeroaming