Post # 1
This post is going to be a lot like my Seattle post. The fiance brought up Malibu, California for our November honeymoon and I became intrigued. Problem is, I’m not finding a lot of good information online about where to rent, or if we should look for a hotel or resort instead…also looks like some of the better beaches are a hassle to get to due to signs and hired law enforcement for private property — but I guess all beaches are public below “mean tide”? Still not quite sure what that means. Should we just look for a vacation house with a pool? I’m really bad at this vacation researching stuff (I usually go with my parents to the same island in North Carolina every year)! I’m not sure I trust the Internet, but I trust you bees! Any idea of what to expect if we choose Malibu for our honeymoon spot?
Here’s the paragraph from my Seattle post if it helps.
…I’d describe our vacation style as semi-touristy, but we’re also really into finding local holes-in-the-wall (restaurants, book stores, music stores, coffee shops, improv clubs, etc.). We love parks and scenic places where we can spend time reading and enjoying the view. Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of buses as a means of public transit and don’t have much experience with subways; but we both like to walk. The fiance likes to get out and do things; I like a more laid-back vacation where I can spend the day relaxing. (I realize honeymooning in a big city might not be grounds for a very relaxing trip, but as long as I get a little downtime at the hotel I should be okay!)
Post # 3
So I don’t know about where to stay in Malibu but I’m sure there are a ton of places. When I lived in LA my favorite beach up there was El Matador, there’s actually a yelp listing for it: http://m.yelp.com/biz/el-matador-state-beach-malibu
What about staying in Santa Monica? You could drive up to Malibu- it’s gorgeous but there’s traffic up PCH. The Fairmont is a great hotel. There’s tons of stuff to walk to- the beach, the promenade with restaurants and shopping, there’s even a small improv theatre close by.
Have you considered going even more south to Newport Beach or Laguna?
Post # 4
@maplemag Thanks for responding! I will definitely check out Santa Monica, Newport Beach and Laguna, too (although whenever I hear Santa Monica, I think of that sad Savage Garden song, hahaha).
I haven’t put a whole lot of thought into the honeymoon yet, just beginning the research for it. We’re mainly looking for something WARM since it will be November. And I’d prefer a beach or resort-like pool if it’s going to be warm! Staying in the States would be ideal, too, because of 1) the amount of time we’re allowed off from work and 2) the closer we are to home, the shorter (and hopefully less expensive) the flight!
Post # 5
I’m from Southern California and honestly, in November, it will be warm but I don’t know if it will be warm enough to go in the water unless it is a heated pool or you are in a wetsuit (e.g. surfing). I have friends in LA county that don’t have cars and can rely on public transporation (e.g. taxis, buses, trains) but IMO, cars are pretty important. You and your DH can definitely find places to walk around in the coastal cities (e.g. Laguna, SM) but then you’ll get back into your car to get from city to city, if you know what I mean. If you are not extremely strapped for finances and still want a beach resort, I would recommend the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel/Dana Point, St. Regis in Monarch Beach, or the Montage in Laguna Beach. Conversely, you can check out La Jolla too, which is in San Diego County and quite picturesque. Santa Barbara is also beautiful and you can definitely walk around the town, but I’ve been told it’s fairly cold in November.
Have you considered Hawaii (esp. Maui)? HI gets warmer weather than Southern California in November and many considered November to be a great time to visit Maui and I think it’s actually warm enough that you can go in the water. Lahaina is great for walking around and it’s easy to book both rentals and a resort (e.g. Ritz Carlton Carlton Kapalua Maui).
Post # 6
Thank you very much for all the info! We get car rental discounts through work, so that might be something we can actually look into. My very first honeymoon thought was Hawaii, but the price of the plane tickets alone kind of scares me!
If not Hawaii (I mean, are there reliable, cheap flights out there? I absolutely hate flying and don’t want to sacrifice quality for price…but at the same time we’re kind of on a budget), then SoCal seems like the best way to go — I’d be okay with a heated pool at a vacation rental or hotel. 🙂 But then to narrow down the choices! La Jolla seems great, but then as you suggest there’s Laguna — and Coronado Island and Santa Barbara, too.
Which is best? Where do we stay? Sorry, I’m so clueless about this stuff.
Post # 7
I have to say as a bride who lives in Santa Monica and adores Malibu so much that it is where we are getting married, I wouldn’t necessarily honeymoon there in November. I can’t believe I’m saying this; I love Malibu so much. The thing is, it is a lot of private beaches. You have to drive to a lot and unless you know people you aren’t getting the “real Malibu.” I’d look further south like Laguna or San Diego or La Jolla if what you’re looking for is the tropical beach experience.
Now, if you do decide to come here in November you simply MUST check out:
La Costa Mission – a mexican restuarant on the east side of the PCH near the Malibu Pier
The Malibu Inn is gorgeous but a bit pricey. Perhaps try VBRO for a rental house. I’ve been to this place – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/131403 – it’s adorable with a view of the ocean and you can talk with the owner, Gabrielle, to organize a horse back ride.
Some sort of horseback riding is pretty much necessary in malibu, in my opinion. – Malibu is filled with horse farms and vineyards
Speaking of vineyards – check out Malibu Family Wines for an afternoon tasting.
In terms of beaches check out El Matador, Leo Carrillo (unless you’re a newbie surfer, the further north the better for the views at the beaches which means getting a hotel in Ventura County may also work for you – then you could take a day trip up to Santa Barbara).
You may also enjoy the hiking – Malibu has a bunch of great hiking.
Hope that helps. Happy Honeymooning!
Hope that helps.
Post # 8
Oh, I should also add that Im from North Carolina and if you’re used to those beaches, Malibu will be a change but if done “incorrectly” it won’t necessarily be impressive. You’ve started out on top with that NC experience!! 🙂
Maybe consider Big Sur. Fly in to LAX, rent a car, and then drive up the coast. Now that is an impressive experience! Big sur has some amazing honeymoon spots and you can do some wine tasting along the way. 🙂