One of Malibu’s most beloved spots for both a romantic outing and a family day at the beach, since the 1950s this sweet little indoor-outdoor restaurant has been serving three daily meals beside one of Southern California’s prettiest coves. Set below a cliff-top community of swanky mobile homes (a unique-to-Malibu concept), you can park at this family-owned joint for hours, rent some beach chairs, beds or cabanas on the sand, and call this your beach property for the day.
In addition to its popular salad bar and tacos, Paradise Cove has a hopping dive bar where you can dip into a big barrel of shell-on peanuts (try not to think too hard about this) and order a slew of tiki-themed drinks, many of which are made – fittingly – with Malibu Rum. In addition, all the wines served here are made at nearby Malibu wineries like Cielo and Rosenthal Estate.
From 10 a.m. to sunset each day, beach chair and hut rentals start at
$25; beach beds start at $50; and party-friendly private cabanas average
Parking: $3 for 4 hours with restaurant validation (minimum purchase $25); after 4 hours $30. $10 for Walk-ins, $30 a day.