Malibu is a beach city in western Los Angeles County, California. It is known for its Mediterranean climate and its 21-mile (34 km) strip of the Malibu coast.
Incorporated in 1991, the exclusive Malibu Colony has been historically home to Hollywood celebrities. People in the entertainment industry and other affluent residents live throughout the city, yet many residents are middle class. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city’s population was 12,645.
Considered to have some of the most perfect waves anywhere, Malibu’s Surfrider Beach, just off Malibu Pier, was named the first World Surfing Reserve; nearby Zuma Beach is a sun magnet for locals and families. In winter, Point Dume Beach, at Malibu’s north end, provides an ideal perch for spotting migrating grey whales.
Nicknamed as “the ‘Bu” by surfers and locals, other beaches along the Malibu coast include: Topanga Beach, Big Rock Beach, Las Flores Beach, La Costa Beach, Dan Blocker Beach, Malibu Beach, Broad Beach, and County Line. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.
The city of Malibu not only boasts its astounding beaches, it also has the perfect aesthetics stretch beyond the beach. The Getty Villa—the original home of the Getty Museum, which opened in 1974—focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman Art. For more contemporary, beachy masterpieces, the Surf Museum at Pepperdine University’s Payson Library showcases 30 historic surfboards on display, some dating back to the 1910s.