As an avid celeb magazine connoisseur, I often read about Malibu: beach playground to the illusive rich and fabulous. I long ago stopped apologizing for my love of US Weekly, and their ‘Who Wore It Best’ Column. My shameless celeb fascination led us on a day trip to Malibu on our last California trip, and we were delighted with what we found. We’ve made a list of our favorite findings to help make your time in Malibu even more enjoyable.

1. Malibu Family Wines

Considering my love for wine, this place was like a little piece of heaven. It’s the outdoor tasting room of a Malibu vineyard, and it is absolutely beautiful. Nestled in the Malibu hills, it offers breathtaking vineyard views. Tables are constructed from old wine barrels, and trees hang low with twinkle lights. The overall effect is truly charming, and invites you to come and stay awhile. You are allowed to bring you own food to enjoy, and we recommend stopping at a farmers market and picking up a baguette and some cheese on the way. Don’t forget your I.D., as they card everyone before they let them in.

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2. El Matador Beach

This is one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve seen in Southern California. There are natural caves to explore, and huge rock formations to add to the already beautiful scenery of the beach. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing. Parking is a bit scarce, though, but the lot is free.

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3. Neptune’s Net

This roadside, beachside, seafood legend of a restaurant has been open since the 50s. We went at an ‘off time’, in the middle of the afternoon, and the place was still packed with wall-to-wall people. We could see why as soon as we tasted the amazing crab cakes and fish tacos, which were reasonably priced. Make sure you grab a seat outside and enjoy the views of the water while you eat.

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We loved our time in Malibu, and hope to get to spend more than a day trip there in a future. It was a beautiful, relaxing city, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!