Of all the incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, perhaps none evoke the dreamy, ultra-cool vibes of California living like Malibu. With more than 27 miles (43 kilometers) of beach hugging the coastline and overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, the city became a fixture in popular America culture after being featured in popular shows by the nearby film and TV studios. Most of the residents build their swanky beachfront houses along the famous Pacific Coast Highway and there are some great Airbnb yurt rentals for travelers looking to experience the laid-back, high-end living that Malibu is known for. Keep reading and pick your favorite!
You can’t talk about Malibu without mentioning its endless stretch of beaches, each of them offering vistas of the Pacific Ocean that go all the way past the horizon. Whether you prefer a crowded beach for people-watching (Zuma Beach), a quiet beach for solitude (Point Dume Beach), or a great surfing beach to ride the waves (Surfrider Beach), you can find it lined along the Pacific Coast Highway, a mere short drive from any residence in the area.
This exceptional rustic yurt retreat is set on an organic farm amid the Santa Monica Mountains, yet it is only 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the coast. The yurt has a queen-size bed, a sofa bed and two airbeds if needed, and it is tastefully decorated with southwest Navajo artifacts. It is also adjacent to the host’s organic vegetable gardens and free-range chicken coop, where she gets her ingredients for dailym all-organic “farm-to-table” meals for her guests.
Malibu Yurt Retreat On Organic FarmMalibu, California, United States
The 40-mile (64-kilometer) Santa Monica Mountains form the backdrop to Malibu’s beaches and contain over 20 state and municipal parks amid its valleys and canyons. They form the second natural charm of Malibu, as hiking and cycling trails abound for residents looking to explore the rugged terrain. This huge yurt accommodation provides an excellent glamping experience near the western limits of the mountain range, with hardwood flooring, air-conditioning and a clear dome skylight, to sleep under the stars.
Besides the numerous hiking trails around the accommodation, it is also just a few minutes’ drive from Leo Carrillo State Park, where you can explore tide pools, sea caves and reefs, besides the usual beach activities, like swimming and surfing. See if you can locate the exact spots in the park where they filmed movies like Grease, the Usual Suspects and the Karate Kid.
Cool Malibu YurtMalibu, California, United States
The massive Topanga State Park borders the eastern limits of Malibu and it also has plenty of hiking trails amid its valleys and canyons. There are several lookout points, like Eagle Rock and Cathedral Rocks, where you can enjoy great views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Topanga region is also a great location for a weekend health retreat, such as this one, situated near Red Rock Canyon Park. You will be given health and lifestyle coaching from the hosts, as well as cleansing food and drinks, including teas, green juice, broth and a smoothie each day and guided body/mind/spirit exercises.
Vessel and Soul Health RetreatTopanga, California, United States
Besides the beaches and mountains, Malibu also has several low-key attractions you can explore. The Adamson House Museum was once the home of the original landowners of Malibu and is worth a trip to check out the fantastic ceramic-tiled decorations. You can also visit Pepperdine University, which boasts wondrous ocean views and has gorgeous places to visit, like the Heroes Garden, the Weisman Museum of Art and Stauffer Chapel.
This traditional Mongolian yurt is perched high in the Santa Monica mountains and also has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Conejo Valley. There is even an indoor fireplace to warm your stay in this unique accommodation.
Traditional yurt in the mountains of Malibu
Price: from 200 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Not only will movie buffs get a kick out of the many familiar film locations around Malibu, they can also enjoy the annual Malibu International Film Festival, which showcases independent American and international films, with the focus on introducing new filmmakers to the industry. It is also an event to see the stars – for example, the 2018 edition’s opening film was hosted by Josh Brolin.
This yurt accommodation is right by the Topanga State Park, with a private patio that overlooks Topanga Canyon. It comes with a full-sized bed, walk-in closet, bathroom shower, kitchenette and Wi-Fi, for a comfortable stay.
Yurt in TopangaTopanga, California, United States
Top guest reviewsit’s cozy and well-furnished with thoughtful antiques and small amenitiesthe kitchen is lovely and stocked with coffee and teanice vintage (40s?) wood bed frame with brand new high quality linensthis was way above our expectations this was a very clean comfortable and private spaceit was comfortable spotless and equipped with the basics for a good staythe yurt was great comfortable clean and in a beautiful spot
Host:the hosts are just wonderful peoplegeoff & sarah are truly wonderful hostsgeoff and sarah are amazing hoststhe host are absolutely lovelygeoff & sarah are wonderful easy going and friendly hostsRead more reviewsbeautiful location in the hillslocation near hiking close to town and accessible to pch was idealwe loved being away from the city but close to itvery comfortable bed and the location is wonderfulgreat location for hiking and hanging out the beach
Yurts near Malibu
It is only a 45-minute drive from Malibu to glitzy Hollywood, where you can be dazzled by Hollywood Boulevard, with its Walk of Fame stars on the sidewalk and the stunning Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Or, head towards Griffith Park, where you can see the iconic Hollywood sign, perched proudly on the hills, or visit its famous observatory, a popular film location.
This yurt glamping accommodation is situated in the residential neighborhood of Sherwood Forest, north of Hollywood and it is still less than an hour’s drive to the Malibu beaches. And, if you haven’t had enough fun at the beaches, there is even a beach volleyball court on the premises, together with other recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool, firepit and a garden.
Yurt glamping tent in a valley home
Price: from 75 USD
Number of Guests: 3
West of Malibu is where LA County ends, but the California coastline and the Pacific Coast Highway continue to wind through Ventura County. The city of the same name rivals Malibu with its scenic beaches, while its city center mixes historic churches and houses with modern, upscale facilities, like boutique shops, theaters and coffee houses.
Just past the downtown is the vintage-style “Belle” tent, ideal for a romantic weekend in the woods or even a family camping trip. The tent comfortably fits a queen-size bed and has amenities like lounge chairs, an outdoor gas BBQ pit and dining tables.
The Belle - Tipi tent
Price: from 185 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Further west of Malibu, past Ventura County, is the popular tourist and resort destination of Santa Barbara. Notable for its California Mission-style architecture, it makes for a good day trip from Malibu or any part of Los Angeles with its wide beaches, highly-rated wineries and a large variety of shopping, sightseeing and dining choices.
You can also opt to stay in this fantastic yurt on a private and exclusive 11-acre (4.5-hectare) plot of land on the outskirts of Santa Barbara. You will find a DVD player and fridge inside the yurt, while outside there is a swimming pool, hot tub, private bathhouse and even a swing, overlooking the mountain range.
STUNNING EXCLUSIVE YURT ON 11 ACRESSanta Barbara, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe best part no wifi or serviceshowering under the stars was the highlightthe space is massive very charming and cozythe hot tub and swimming pool were greatoutdoor bathroom that was beautiful and clean and had hand wash and oilssuper clean awesome mattress just all things amazingclean and can't complain about the water temperature
Host:beautiful scenery and wonderful hostshe is super accommodating of pets and so quick and kind with her responsesi can completely see why she is a super hostjennifer is a wonderful host very attentive and warmthis is a special spot with a fantastic hostRead more reviewsamazing location and beautiful spotamazing little gem close to everything but yet far enough to get awayperfect location near all the good restaurants and beachesamazing place in a very unique setting within close driving distance to downtown sbspecial place eclectic and unique
Sample sumptuous living
It is easy to be envious of the residents of Malibu, for they seem to have it all. Gorgeous beaches, scenic countryside parks, top restaurants and great weather, Malibu certainly feels like a heavenly place to live in. You can certainly get a taste of sumptuous living with these yurt accommodations, but be prepared to be tempted to extend your stay.
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