Zen Zones: Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach


Samantha Bravo

A surfer walks into the water at Surfrider Beach next to the Malibu Pier on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Samantha Bravo

The Malibu Pier is a Southern California landmark that is equipped with dining options and located next to Surfrider Beach, a popular surf attraction.

Surfrider Beach, known for its three-point break, is the ideal area for surfers to enjoy the waves, learn about  California surf culture and take in the peaceful atmosphere.

A surfer stands on his board at Surfrider Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (Samantha Bravo)

Heal The Bay, a non-profit organization that produces an annual report based on levels of bacterial pollution in the ocean, created a simple and comprehensive tool that provides surfers the latest information on the water quality prior to visiting. Surfrider Beach received an A+ as of Feb. 25, 2021.

While some restaurants are closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, visitors can enjoy a meal at the Malibu Farm Restaurant,which offers outdoor dining or a to-go option.

The Malibu Farm Pier Cafe sits at the end of the pier over the Pacific Ocean. (Samantha Bravo)
The Malibu Pier at sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. The Malibu Farm Pier Cafe is located at the end of the pier over the Pacific Ocean. (Samantha Bravo)

Visitors can also enjoy the scenic view of the ocean while dining at other restaurants nearby such as Nobu, Paradise Cove Cafe, Moonshadows and Duke’s Malibu.

Ranch at The Pier, which sells a variety of items like souvenirs to surfing and skating equipment, is currently open. The store is located at the end of the pier. (Samantha Bravo)
A sign reminding visitors to stay six-feet apart and to wear face coverings is placed at the Malibu Pier. (Samantha Bravo)

The private and peaceful pier is an ideal location for fishing and bird watching enthusiasts.

Visitors Alex Coletta and Luke Hawksworth from New York wanted to stop by the Malibu Pier to admire the view and dine at the Malibu Farm Pier Cafe.

Luke Hawksworth and Alex Coletta, pose for a portrait while enjoying the sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 in Malibu, Calif. (Samantha Bravo)

“It’s more relaxing out here and you have a better view of the beach,” Hawksworth said, comparing the Malibu Pier to the Santa Monica Pier. “It’s more peaceful out here.”

Parking is available alongside Pacific Coast Highway or in the parking lot. Rates vary from $10 to $20 depending on the season.

Shops at the Malibu Pier, such as Ranch at the Pier, are currently open. (Samantha Bravo)