Malibu, California

Malibu, California

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll see it’s no secret that California is pretty much my favourite American state. I’ve always loved the West Coast (west coast, best coast amirite?) and luckily enough my job means regular visits to San Francisco and beyond. With a trip to San Francisco pending, I decided to tack on a long weekend in Los Angeles, having never visited the city before and always wanting to.

Leaving on the earliest flight out to LA usually means the most beautiful sunrises en route.

Sunrise on the plane to Los Angeles, California

The eagle eyed among you may even be able to spot the iconic Hollywood sign.

Flying over Hollywood hills and sign in California


Our first port of call was somewhere I’d been dying to go for a while: Malibu. If, like me, you’ve long been inspired by the delicious looking images of beautiful beaches and people in the area and videos of A-list celebrities’ houses on Cribs, you might want to book a trip too.

Colourful parasols overlooking Malibu Pier in Los Angeles

Malibu is truly gorgeous and didn’t disappoint one jot. As soon as we got out of the Uber, I well and truly fell in love with the idyllic area. I can see why everyone wants to live here! We took a walk along the pier.

Sat under parasols in Malibu, overlooking Malibu Pier

Malibu Pier, California

Views across Malibu from the pier

Malibu Pier is home to the popular cafe and restaurant of Malibu Farm.

Pumpkins outside Malibu Farm

Views from Malibu Pier across to the beach

Ocean views from Malibu Farm, Los Angeles

Malibu Farm, California


Laura on Malibu Pier, enjoying the view

Views from inside Malibu Farm, California

Of course, we’d worked up quite the appetite by now so headed into Malibu Cafe for a bite to eat and a drink. It was delicious – so healthy and fresh, and not a fry to be seen! I picked the chicken, ricotta, and bacon burger and it was so, so good. Liz went for a grilled salmon burger and the fillet of salmon was huge!

It was all guzzled down with a decanter of sangria which was equally delicious – even better for the beautiful views around us, people watching and barefoot, salty haired surfers came in for a bite.

Delicious food from Malibu Farm with a view, California

Admiring the views with a drink from Malibu Cafe, California

Watching the surfers from Malibu Pier, California

Girl enjoying the views on Malibu Pier, California

Once we’d eaten, we headed down to the beautiful beach to bask in the sun for a while.

The beach on Malibu, California

Views across to Malibu Pier, California

Watching the waves at Malibu

Girls sunbathing on the beach at Malibu, California

Sunbathing next to Malibu Pier, California

We both had a very much needed nap after our early start that morning, before wandering along the beach to do some more people watching and see what was further along the gorgeous and iconic sands.

Girls on the beach with Malibu Pier, California

Exploring Malibu Beach

We saw beautiful houses, and lots of even more beautiful people – surfers with elegant stripes of suncream across their faces, toned and bronzed lifeguards relaxing, photoshoots, and others enjoying the wonderful October sun.

Misty views across Malibu, Los Angeles

As the sun began to cool a little, we tried to get an Uber and head back into Los Angeles for the evening ahead. Having read the recent headlines of the terrifying Malibu fire that’s already claimed lives and multiple houses, I’m thinking of all those in danger right now and sending my best wishes for this beautiful area.

Santa Monica

The ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier, LA

Heading back into LA, a sudden fog seemed to envelope the area. We made a quick pitstop at Santa Monica Pier to see the iconic ferris wheel and explore, despite the chill.

Muscle Beach, Venice, California

We went for a wonder to find some wine, and stumbled across the famous Muscle Beach. It was so bizarre walking along such an iconic area I’d seen on so many TV shows and movies and finally seeing it in the flesh. Some of the moves were very impressive!

Muscle Beach, California

Even though there weren’t the blue skies you’d expect from Santa Monica Beach, it was still amazing to see. See the difference in whether when we returned to Santa Monica a couple of days later.

Palm trees and fog on Santa Monica Beach, California

A foggy view to Santa Monica Pier, California

Having sourced some wine, we headed back to our apartment in Marina del Rey to get ready and went to the awesome bar at The Bungalow in the Fairmont Miramar, a fun and tropical outdoor bar that was fully decked out for Halloween.

Bungalows at the Fairmont, Santa Monica

Girls in a cab in LA

The rest of the night was a wonderful blur.

Have you been to Malibu? Where did you visit?

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  1. November 18, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    One has to wonder what those scenes look like now after the fire.

    • Laura
      November 18, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      Of course – such a terrible tragedy to strike one of the most beautiful places on earth πŸ™

  2. November 26, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Looks like an absolute dream! But it’s so scary how you can visit somewhere one day and the next, something so disastrous happens. Reminder of our blessings x

    • Laura
      November 26, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      I know, you’re completely right – such a tragic disaster to happen in such a beautiful place πŸ™

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