Want to feel like you’re a million miles away without leaving the country? Welcome to Malibu, the epitome of coastal charm, where relaxation, adventure, and effortless style collide. 

With its stunning coastline, outdoor adventures, cultural offerings, and glamorous allure, Malibu is a dream destination that encapsulates the essence of Southern California living. There’s a reason why the Malibu Beach Barbie is one of their all time best-sellers! 

Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a taste of the good life, Malibu delivers it all. We were fortunate enough to spend the week there last week and are excited to share our top tips when visiting Malibu! 

Joyasol Paisley Sneakers in MalibuKicking back and relaxing is what Malibu is all about! Lounging in our Paisley Sneakers in Rose

Where to Stay: 

While there are a few hotel and motel options, like the Malibu Beach Inn, check Airbnb and VRBO for rentals right on the water. Unless you plan to spend the entire time at your hotel or rental, you’ll probably want to rent a car (or bring your own) since Malibu stretches over 20 miles.  

Wearing our Joyasol Paisley sneakers in MalibuJoyasol founder, Christina Bullock, taking in the view from our VRBO rental wearing our Paisley sneakers in Rose

Where to Eat

For Breakfast:

Alred’s Coffee: Try their world-famous vanilla iced lattes!

Lily’s: To die-for breakfast burritos. 

Marmalades: Extensive breakfast and lunch menu! Get here early to avoid waiting in line. 

Alfred's Coffee in MalibuBut first, coffee! Don't miss the famous Iced Vanilla Latte from Alfred's!

For Lunch: 

Howdy’s: Casual Mexican and sushi spot.

Dukes: Fun family-friendly spot. Try their famous hula pie! 

Nobu: Try to make reservations ahead of time as this place is a real hot-spot! If you can snag a seat outside overlookign the ocean, do it! Recommend their lobster tacos, fresh sashimi and signature miso cod. 

Nobu MalibuNobu Malibu: An ocean-front celeb hot spot where you never know who you may run into!

For Dinner

D’Amor’s Pizza: Delivery, pickup or dining in, this pizza spot won’t disappoint. Try their Spinach and Chese pizza!

Taverna Tony’s: Classic Greek cuisine. Their roe dip and fresh bread is out of this world! Come at night for belly dancers and music! 

Geoffrey's: For a more upscale ocean-view dining experience, come here. Delicious seafood and great wine list.

Geoffrey's Restaurant in MalibuDoes it get better than this?! Dining with a view at Geoffrey's Malibu

What to Do


Zuma Beach: With its soft sands and family-friendly atmosphere, is perfect for lounging and building sandcastles. 

Surfrider Beach: For a touch of surf culture, head to Surfrider Beach where you can watch talented wave riders or even try catching a wave yourself. 

El Matador State Beach: And if you're looking for a more secluded and romantic spot, don’t miss El Matador State Beach with its hidden coves, dramatic cliffs, and mesmerizing sunset views.  

Malibu BeachSandy beaches and pacific blue ocean waters, there's something so calming about being by the water

Outdoor Adventures

Malibu offers more than just beautiful beaches; it's a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the picturesque trails of the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Take a leisurely hike along the Solstice Canyon Trail, surrounded by lush greenery and the soothing sounds of flowing water. For panoramic vistas and a bit more challenge, the Backbone Trail won't disappoint. 

If you have kids, head over to the Malibu Country mart for a safe, enclosed and charming playground and sand area. 

Malibu Country MartPlan to spend a few hours visiting the Malibu Country Mart

And if you're up for a unique experience, don't miss the Malibu Wine Safari, where you can sip local wines and meet exotic animals. Adventure awaits in every corner of Malibu's natural wonders.

Boho-Chic Boutiques

Discover the offbeat and eclectic boutiques along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), where you can find bohemian-inspired fashion, beachy accessories, and one-of-a-kind treasures. 

Don't forget to explore the Malibu Country Mart, a charming outdoor shopping destination filled with stylish shops and cozy cafes. Some of our favorites include: Faherty, All Things Bell, Bleusalt, Encore, Sunroom, and Saje Wellness. 

Take a break from shopping and immerse yourself in the local art scene at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, where contemporary exhibits inspire and uplift.

All things Bell at the Malibu Country MartHow cute is this shop? All Things Bell at the Malibu Country Mart


For even more R&R, head to the spa! We indulged in one of the best massages at CURE connected to the Malibu Beach Inn. Another great option is the Spa at the Calamingos Guest Ranch and Beach Club.

There you have it, all you need to know for a relaxed Malibu beach vacation - good for the mind, body and soul!  

World of Barbie in Santa Monica wearing Joyasol Paisley SneakersIf you have extra time, visit the World of Barbie exhibit in nearby Santa Monica. Wearing our Joyasol Paisleys in Rose Pink, of course!

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