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For movie fans, the Malibu Film Festival is a must go to celebrity spring time event. For surfers you must check out the regional classic point break at the Malibu Surfrider beach. Contests are held throughout the year and surfers are crowding for the best waves at other times. Even if you don't surf it is worth checking out. If planning to visit Malibu for one of these events, make your hotel plans well in advance to ensure the best availability.
Those interested in learning to surf try Surfthebu.com. Owned by Joel Shultz, a pioneer in the surf lesson business, Joel's knowledge friendly waves possible. In your very first lesson with Joel, you should expect to be standing up and riding not just once, but several times!
Pepperdine boasts the best ocean views of any college campus in the United States and is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review as having the most beautiful campus in the United States. The University now also consistently ranks in the Top 40 academic programs in the United States. Pepperdine ascends up from Pacific Coast Highway on a huge piece of land, and the Pacific ocean feels part of this uniquely beautiful campus. Of particular note are the Heroes Garden on the Drescher Graduate Campus, the Weisman Museum of Art, and Stauffer Chapel.
Head to famous Zuma or Westward Beach for a great day at the beach. For a great coast view, head to Highlands Park. From PCH heading North, turn left on Heathercliff and left on Dume Drive. Take Dume drive as far as you can and turn right at the end of the road. There is a park on the cliff with a few trails where the locals like to jog. Follow a trail or two to the tip of the point. You'll know when you get there. There will be a bench and a wooden sort of deck in the middle of the trail. From here you can see all of the coast out to Palos Verdes, watch surfers below, and listen to the sounds of sea lions and dolphins. Do a quick search to see all available hotel locations and see which is best for your prefered beach.
Durring your hotel stay in Malibu you will want to try out the local cuisine. One of the better restaurants, Terra, is definitely worth a try.
Malibu hotels span the spectrum from luxury to family motels. Most of the Malibu hotels are along the main coastal road, Pacific Coast Highway. Perhaps most notable among Malibu hotels are those located along the beach. Enter the dates of your stay in the "Quick Search" search box on this page and all of the available hotel rooms in Malibu for your selected dates will be shown.
Your hotel in Malibu can be a great base for exploring the rest of the region.
Santa Monica. A neighboring beach city that is much more touristy than Malibu and features the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Pacific Palisades. A neighboring town that is home to multi-million dollar homes set amongst the hills overlooking the ocean, as well as the J. Paul Getty Villa which features classical sculpture.
Further Northwest are the cities of Ventura and Santa Barbara with the Channel Islands National Park.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Malibu Creek State Park.
Visit MalibuComplete.com for more on the Malibu lifestyle. You can find information on Malibu's history, celebrity residents, famous filming locations and popular hangouts.
Source: Wikitravel 2008