In Europe, a day at the beach is called a day by the sea. In California, my friends, husband, and I call it going to the “Bu” as in Malibu. Here’s how to spend a day in Malibu for $50 or less.
- Pack some snacks or even a picnic lunch/dinner because later in this post I’m going to tell you about what might be the best “secret” spot to eat with a view of the Pacific.
- Take Topanga Canyon’s scenic drive to the Pacific Coast Highway. Along the canyon, look for a statue of a “flying pig” and even an outdoor art display called “The Great Wall of Topanga.” If you’d like, stop and browse through the quaint shops along the way.
- Enjoy some time at a beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s Malibu after all! Look for street parking.
- Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway until you arrive at the Malibu Country Mart – an outdoor boutique-style mall. Grab some authentic Italian gelato from GROM (made with organic ingredients and founded by Guido Martinetti and Federico Grom of Italy) and eat it at the Country Mart’s central park as you lounge with the locals. Also, near GROM, There’s an art gallery that’s worth a look. And take note of the European Shoe Repair shop (I had to mention it. Ya know, cause this is L’Eurocana). Malibu Country Mart| 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 | Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. all week | 310.456.7300
- If you’re hungry for lunch and want to buy food, head up the coast to Neptune’s Net – famous for their seafood and a scene from The Fast and the Furious movie. It’s very casual roadside dining here. Expect lots of motorcycles too. Heads up! It can get pretty crowded here on the weekends. We’re talking take something to stake out and save a table first before you order. Neptune’s Net| 42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 | Open 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Until 9 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. | 310.457.3095
- If you’re at the “Bu” during the week, hit up Duke’s during “Aloha” hour. The restaurant’s laid-back but very “California cool” indoor/outdoor “Barefoot Bar” offers Hawaiian/Cali fusion food and drinks at a discount during their Aloha hour. Eat in a setting where the waves sometimes splash onto the glass fence. Check Duke’s website for “Aloha” hour times. Heads up! The restaurant has valet parking only (about $6).
- Remember those snacks or picnic lunch/dinner I told you to pack? Ok here’s where it will come in handy and will also save you a few bucks. Malibu Bluffs Park is a 10-acre community park with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and of the Santa Monica Mountains. Parking is free. Take your food and follow the circular walking/jogging path to the right. Pass the community center (on your right). Not far after that you will see a walkway that shoots off the path (also on the right). Follow the walkway a short distance to the best semi-secluded picnic spot with a view. You will see about four or five picnic tables. Set up your spread there and watch the sun sink into the “sea.” Tips! The park has free wi-fi and the community center has decent restrooms. Watch a video on Malibu Bluffs Park. Malibu Bluffs Park | 24250 Pacific Coast Highway | Open daily from sunrise to sunset. | 310.317.1364|
Hope you enjoy your L’Eurocana day for $50 or less at the “Bu”!