(Closed) Malibu Honeymoon in November – Please Help!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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 # 7
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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. 🙂

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