Malibu’s Best Kept Secret
On my last dimi trip to Cali, my good friend June and I took some time out of our day and drove to Malibu. I’ve always seen pictures of mysterious sea caves, massive rocks and blue ocean waves. Before I knew it, these images became my reality and we found ourselves at El Matador State Beach. The walk down to the beach is relatively steep, but it makes for an incredible view from the top. Once you make your way down, have your camera ready! You’re going to want to snap some shots of nature’s natural beauty. I should also mention that El Matador is a private beach. It’s not crazy jam packed like other public beaches on the west coast. There might be a few other tourists enjoying the views with you, couples enjoying a romantic picnic, or even possibly a few photoshoots taking place. The sun sets at 8pm, so plan accordingly. 🙂
California’s Central Coast
Big Sur’s beaches are the perfect place to visit on an extremely hot summer day. Blankets of seasonal fog often hug the coastline, dropping temperatures in the process. Many of these beaches are also private or inaccessible, so make sure you find a State Park that is reachable. I suggest checking out Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline from the higher elevations. Or, you can make your way down to the shoreline and dip beneath the 80 foot granite waterfall. If this cool spot doesn’t tickle your fancy, then idk what will!
Have It All
Enough about private beaches. Let’s take a short trip down the coastline to Santa Monica! The best thing about this location is the iconic century-old pier. Take the family through the mix of amusement park rides and games, all while enjoying live entertainment. If you’re just there to hangout with some close friends, relax and have a drink on the patio at one of the many seafood restaurants. Keeping it simple and watching the local surfers catch some waves never gets old. Once you make your way off the beach, be sure to check out all of the local shops and restaurants. The culture in this small city is substantial. Eat, shop, play, and never get board in Santa Monica!