With a glass of signature spicy margarita (on the rocks with a salted rim) in hand, I make my way to a highly coveted table at the far end of the Surfrider’s effortlessly chic rooftop deck. The wind gradually picks up, bringing with it a salty ocean breeze and the enthusiastic sounds of beachgoers below.
It’s surf season in Malibu and the waves are teeming with surfers, novices and pros alike, all hoping to ride the area’s acclaimed waves. Its century-old pier attracts visitors no matter the time of year, while stretches of the beach city’s unending coastline offer up striking daily sunsets and notably epic breaks.
From seasonal swells and pristine white sand beaches to freshly caught seafood and coastal California fare, the diversity that exists in coastal towns along the Pacific Coast Highway is unmatched. Malibu is no exception. Here are six of the best Malibu beach hotels and vacation rentals to consider for your next sunshine-fueled getaway.