Malibu’s surf breaks are some of the best around, but for adrenaline junkies wanting to take it up a notch, Malibu Beach Inn (malibubeachinn.com) guests 18+ can take advantage of its exclusive experience by booking a private 60-minute Fliteboard lesson (packages start at $1,010). A high-tech version of surfing, Fliteboards are self-propelled, electric-powered hydrofoil surfboards that cater to a range of abilities—most people can get “flying” during their first lesson.
For those looking to break a sweat, Malibu’s array of hiking trails offers a healthy dose of fresh air and breathtaking views at various difficulty levels. Escondido Falls (hikespeak.com), a popular trail just off Pacific Coast Highway, is the perfect path for the novice hiker with a 3.8-mile round-trip walk through forests and fields (some creek crossing may be required), leading to the lower tier of a 200-foot waterfall for a view well worth the trek.
Kayak and Surfboard Rental
Outfitting beachgoers since 1972, Malibu Surf Shack (malibusurfshack.com) has everything you need for a “swell” time, including surfboards, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards available for rent, starting at $30/hour. Not quite ready to hang ten on your own? The shack offers 90-minute surf lessons starting at $125, including board and wetsuit rental.
Point Dume Tide Pools
The 63-acre Point Dume State Beach has plenty of room to roam and lots to explore, including nearby tide pools (californiatidepools.com) teeming with marine life. For an up-close look at the aquatic habitats, take the stairs down to the beach, where sea stars, anemones, sea urchins, mussels, and crabs hide among the rocks. Pro tip: For the best viewing experience visit during low tide, which varies; check tideschart.com for daily updates.
Malibu Wine Safari and Hiking Tour
Owned by the Semler family, Malibu’s 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch (saddlerock-ranch.com) produces a variety of wines under their two labels, Semler and Saddlerock—think crisp Sauvignon Blanc, rich Merlot, and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon. For the oenophile seeking a truly unique experience, book a safari in one of the property’s custom-built open-air vehicles (“wild” animal sightings included) or sign up for the scenic hiking tour—a two-mile loop around the Saddlerock Ranch Estate, including its vineyards and organic gardens, followed by a tasting.