Malibu Pier


No trip to Southern California is complete without a stopover at the Malibu Pier. The pier is a historic landmark located in the heart of California’s surf culture. The pier has a festive atmosphere of good food and fun.  It’s a great place to spend the day.


The Malibu Pier, which is part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, is a great place to park the van and spend the day doing several activities: surfing, fishing, paddle boarding, and exploring the area.

The Pier

The Malibu Pier was originally built in 1905 to support Frederick Hastings Rindge’s Malibu Rancho operations by shipping cowhides, grains, fruit, and other agricultural products. Now the pier is used for fishing, restaurants, tourist, and accommodations. 

There are two restaurants located on the Pier which are: 

  • Malibu Farm Restaurant: A full-service restaurant with a full bar & specialty cocktails, located at the start of the pier.
  • Malibu Farm Cafe: A counter-service cafe, located at the end of the pier, over the Pacific Ocean.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is also known as Surfrider Beach. The Malibu Lagoon is comprised of 22 acres of wetlands, gardens, and a sandy beach. The lagoon is a great place to explore and watch the wildlife, especially birds. 


Surfers worldwide come to Surfrider Beach adjacent to Malibu Pier, known for its three-point break that offers rides of 300 yards or more. 

Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve in October 2010 and was established as a California state park in 1951.  

Parking Information

There is a small parking lot at the pier that can accommodate a regular-sized van but no RV. There is also parking along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), at the State Beach, and across from the pier.  PCH is your best best for large vans and RVs to park. Spots fill up quickly.

  • Pier: Free parking after 2 PM Monday – Thursday
  • Parking fees (for the State Beach parking lot):
  • All day – $12.00 per car, per day.
  • 3 hrs – $9.00 per car.
  • 2 hrs – $6.00 per car.

Zuma Beach

A van or RV trip to Malibu isn’t complete without a walk along the famous Zuma Beach. The beach is 1.8 miles long and has actual parking right up to the beach. The beach includes food stands, restrooms, restaurants, showers, and volleyball courts. Zuma Beach makes a wonderful place to park the van and spend the day surfing, paddle boarding, or just lounging around watching the scenery.

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Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is located in the Santa Monica Mountains 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The park has camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Located in the park is the Malibu Lagoon, a small lake that allows swimming, and the M*A*S*H filming location.

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