Beach Insider: Malibu - Full-Time Travel

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