I’ve been here for almost 2 years, but until a couple weeks ago, I had never been to Malibu. And I’m kicking myself because it was wonderful. Side note: I had never done the Runyon Canyon Hike until that same weekend too, which is also really weird since it is probably the most popular hike in LA and only about a 15 minute drive from my apartment to the trailhead. But I digress.

My cousin, Tanya, came into town for the weekend and we had a full schedule of hiking, exploring, eating, and lounging on the beach. Sunday morning we hopped in my car and drove up the PCH to Mailbu. The weather couldn’t have been MORE perfect.
First stop, Malibu Surf Shack to rent some paddleboards. I had only been paddleboarding one other time, but it was a blast; however, it was also in a harbor where the water is relatively always calm. This time we were going to be paddleboarding in the ocean. Not as bad as I thought, but the water was extremely calm, so although it did take some getting used to, the waves weren’t really a problem. We paddled around for a couple hours along the coast, soaked in the sun, and even saw some dolphins.
Back on dry land again, we headed to Nobu for lunch. Another reason I’m kicking myself for never going to Malibu before now. This was some of THE best and freshest sushi/seafood I’ve ever had in my life. Not to mention, the drinks. Cheers.
Lunch was followed by a hike through Solstice Canyon where we passed an abandoned mansion, the remnants of a waterfall (because, drought), and some pretty incredible views of the Pacific. Oh, and one adorable three-legged pup, Mia.
Then it was a race against the sun. We headed up the PCH to El Matador State Beach to watch the sunset, and we made it JUST in time. The next time I’m in Malibu (because there WILL be a next time, and hopefully sooner rather than later), I want to spend a little more time at this beach. It was beautiful with its cliffs and rock formations, BUT we were exhausted AND hungry and it was getting dark so it was goodbye, Malibu. Until next time…
XO  – Courtney

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