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A Map Guide to What to Do When You're Staying in Malibu

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All Hotels Week long, we'll be providing map guides with advice on what to eat/drink/do when you're staying at five LA hotels in five different neighborhoods. Discover something new, whether you're a tourist or a cross-town staycationer.

Malibu is all about two things: insanely expensive luxury and rugged outdoorsiness. Either way, it's the place to get away, relax, and take in a little nature, in both ocean and canyon forms. Here's a starter guide for what to do when you're bedding down at one of the few hotels in the beach city (say, the ritzy Malibu Beach Inn on Carbon Beach).

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1. Malibu Beach Inn

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22878 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-6444
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One of the very few hotels in Malibu, the Malibu Beach Inn sits right on Carbon, aka Billionaires' Beach and comes with both the amenities and the pricetag you'd expect for that location.

2. Duke's Malibu

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21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0777
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Duke's is a Malibu institution with a casual Hawaiian theme and an incredible location right on the water.

3. Malibu Country Mart

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(310) 456-7300
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The MCM's an old-school, beachy outdoor mall with a variety of tenants ranging from an independent bookstore to an acupuncture place to Juicy Couture. Head next door to the Lumber Yard for fancier shopping.

4. Nobu

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22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-9140
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Nothing is more Malibu-of-today than a restaurant right on the water that's co-owned by Robert DeNiro and run by high-end sushi king Nobu Matsuhisa.

5. J. Paul Getty Villa

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17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300
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Admission is free (but parking is not) at this 1970s recreation of a first-century Roman villa. Like its big brother the Getty Center, the art (mostly antiquities) is cool, but the real draw is the grounds and architecture.

6. Solstice Canyon

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3998 Solstice Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

Solstice Canyon has pretty moderate hiking trails that takes you past what's thought to be Malibu's oldest house and to the ruins of a 1950s ranch house designed by Paul Williams.

7. Surfrider Beach

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23180 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Ground zero for West Coast surfing culture—if you surf, you're already there; if you don't, pull up a towel and watch the show.

8. Neptune's Net

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42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-3095
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Head up the coast for this practically New Englandy seafood shack: lots of fried food and beer, but more bikers than you'll ever see on the Cape.

9. Adamson House

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23200 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

The elaborately-tiled Adamson House, which sits on the Malibu Lagoon, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and built in 1930; today it's a National Historic Site and open for tours.

10. Moonshadows

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20356 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-3010
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Moonshadows is most famous as the bar where Mel Gibson got drunk enough to use the phrase "sugar tits," but locals like it because it's laid back and right on the water.

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1. Malibu Beach Inn

22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

One of the very few hotels in Malibu, the Malibu Beach Inn sits right on Carbon, aka Billionaires' Beach and comes with both the amenities and the pricetag you'd expect for that location.

22878 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

2. Duke's Malibu

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Duke's is a Malibu institution with a casual Hawaiian theme and an incredible location right on the water.

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

3. Malibu Country Mart

Malibu, CA 90265

The MCM's an old-school, beachy outdoor mall with a variety of tenants ranging from an independent bookstore to an acupuncture place to Juicy Couture. Head next door to the Lumber Yard for fancier shopping.

4. Nobu

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Nothing is more Malibu-of-today than a restaurant right on the water that's co-owned by Robert DeNiro and run by high-end sushi king Nobu Matsuhisa.

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

5. J. Paul Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Admission is free (but parking is not) at this 1970s recreation of a first-century Roman villa. Like its big brother the Getty Center, the art (mostly antiquities) is cool, but the real draw is the grounds and architecture.

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

6. Solstice Canyon

3998 Solstice Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265

Solstice Canyon has pretty moderate hiking trails that takes you past what's thought to be Malibu's oldest house and to the ruins of a 1950s ranch house designed by Paul Williams.

3998 Solstice Canyon Rd.
Malibu, CA 90265

7. Surfrider Beach

23180 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Ground zero for West Coast surfing culture—if you surf, you're already there; if you don't, pull up a towel and watch the show.

23180 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

8. Neptune's Net

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Head up the coast for this practically New Englandy seafood shack: lots of fried food and beer, but more bikers than you'll ever see on the Cape.

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

9. Adamson House

23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

The elaborately-tiled Adamson House, which sits on the Malibu Lagoon, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and built in 1930; today it's a National Historic Site and open for tours.

23200 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

10. Moonshadows

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Moonshadows is most famous as the bar where Mel Gibson got drunk enough to use the phrase "sugar tits," but locals like it because it's laid back and right on the water.

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265