“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Malibu's most distinguishing feature is its 26 miles of coastal landscape, ranging from wide sandy beaches to dramatic cliffs. Surfers flock to Malibu year-round, but the water is only warm enough for swimming in late summer. Sunsets are stunning here, and locals often jaunt to Zuma beach to watch the ocean swallow the sun. From December through April, Point Dume is a popular whale-watching spot. Visit Geoffrey's for candlelit dinners in a dreamy seaside setting, or Paradise Cove, which offers more casual dining with its own private beach. There are plenty of hiking trails in the canyon, particularly in Malibu Creek State Park, where the TV show M*A*S*H was filmed.