Fodor's Expert Review Malibu Surfrider Beach
Steady 3- to 5-foot waves make this beach, just west of Malibu Pier, a surfing paradise. Water runoff from Malibu Canyon forms a natural lagoon that's a sanctuary for 250 species of birds (see our listing for Malibu Lagoon State Beach). Bird-watch, play volleyball, or take a walk on one of the nature trails, which are perfect for romantic sunset strolls. Guided tours of the surrounding wetlands are available seasonally. Amenities: parking (fee); lifeguards; toilets; food and drink; showers. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; windsurfing.