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Celebrity-spotting in Malibu

Published 19 October 2016

Rob Bradley

Rob Bradley

Want to see a celebrity or two on your California holiday? Then Malibu is the place to be, as Rob Bradley discovered recently.

Malibu Beach

Malibu Beach

If you’re looking for a place to relax and chill out that is far enough away from the noise and grind of Los Angeles but close enough to still enjoy the glamour and razzmatazz of Hollywood then look no further than Malibu. For many years Hollywood’s finest have chosen this as a place to live and so I thought, if it’s good enough for them then surely it’s good enough for me!

Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park

All about Malibu

Malibu straddles the Pacific Coast Highway and encompasses over 20 miles of scenic beauty. In one direction you’ll find Santa Monica and Venice Beach whilst in the other are the beaches and parks of Ventura County. Inland you’ll find state parks such as Malibu Creek, which include lush hillsides, mountains, canyons and parkland ideal for hiking. And who knows, perhaps a lurking celebrity or two?

Paddle boarding

Paddle boarding

Getting active

To start my Malibu celebrity hunt, I went horse riding. Not only is it a great way to see the countryside, but I wasn't feeling particularly energetic. But if you are feeling active then why not try your hand at some water sports? Being California, paddle boarding and sailing are readily available and of course don’t forget to try surfing too as you may even bump into the likes of Matthew McConaughey who is a keen sportsman and lives around here.

Swanky mansions on Malibu's coastline

Swanky mansions on Malibu's coastline

Malibu Pier

A far more sedate pastime is a visit to Malibu Pier, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific coastline and ocean. While you’re here, look out for the multitude of swanky coastal properties that hug the seafront. The pop star Pink has a residence in Malibu so don’t be surprised if you see her on one of the local beaches, although to be honest, she probably has her own private beach.

Zuma Beach, Malibu

Zuma Beach image: Rob Bradley

Zuma Beach

Of the public beaches that are easily accessible, Zuma Beach stands out, as for me, it resembles a scene from Baywatch, with lifeguard towers punctuating the sand and those iconic red floatation devices hanging from wooden huts eagerly awaiting an overly athletic lifeguard. Gwen Stefani named one of her sons Zuma, after this beach, and it’s certainly one of the widest I’ve ever visited. Nevertheless it can get crowded at the weekend, so it’s best to visit early on weekday mornings.

Getty Villa, California

Getty Villa, California image: flickr 6490718493

Getty Villa

For those of you who enjoy a little culture, make sure you visit the Getty Villa, which you’ll find just off the Pacific Coast Highway near Sunset Beach. It’s a museum with an array of Greek and Roman artefacts littering a stunning villa and a lush garden that will certainly get your camera clicking!

Eating in Malibu

After trying out all the activities and taking as many photos as you possibly can, you’re sure to have built up a healthy appetite.

A mansion in Malibu

A mansion in Malibu

Celebrity spots

Even eating can help with the celebrity spotting, as while searching for a restaurant on Malibu’s seafront, I spotted actor Steve Buscemi walking down the street, just like a normal person! I later saw ‘Frodo’ at an ATM – that’s Elijah Wood to those of you not in the know.

Malibu seafood

Malibu Seafood image: flickr 4550985381

One of my favourite Malibu restaurants is the laid-back Malibu Seafood, which is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway near Corral Canyon Beach, and offers fabulous seafront views. We’re often told that a guide to a good restaurant is the length of the queue – Malibu Seafood definitely has no shortage of queues! Once you get in, I can highly recommend the tuna steak, grilled mahi mahi or the lobster. Yes, you will be able to afford lobster here – one of the reasons this restaurant is so popular is that you’re not paying ‘celebrity’ prices for good food.

Malibu coastline

Malibu's Coastline

Rub shoulders with Marilyn Monroe (maybe)

Then again, if you’re looking to impress your significant other, then just down the road you’ll find Geoffrey’s restaurant. Here, not only will the decor and ocean views leave your partner swooning for romance, but the historical significance of the place will leave them stupefied. Yes, according to legend, Marilyn Monroe and JFK frequented this establishment. You’ll need deep pockets though, as the food, which you could easily find elsewhere, will cost significantly more here.

Malibu sunset

Malibu sunset

Whether you’re on a budget or splurging on the trip of a lifetime, Malibu has plenty to see, do and eat. And one thing is for certain, the celebrities are everywhere. You just need to know where to find them…

Please remember that celebrities are just people going about their lives; if you do spot one, be respectful and give them their space and privacy.


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