Back in the 1970s, Malibu was a refuge for all kinds of misfits—from surf bums, to hitchhiking teens, to affluent Baby Boomers from the "New Hollywood" who preferred its laid back, artsy, Bohemian vibe to the (much more square) Classic Hollywood lifestyle of Bel-Air or the Polo Lounge.
Those days are long gone, of course. Those countercultural Boomers of yore (including Jack Nicholson, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and many others) are now elder statesmen and women of American arts—and owning property in Malibu is but a dream to anyone outside of their rarefied tax bracket.
Still, Malibu's aura of relaxed chic and the majesty of its State Beaches can be enjoyed by any visitor, on any budget. So get ready for some relaxing fun in the sun in one of the most famous beach locales in the world and don't miss our Top Ten Things to do in Malibu.