Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Luis Obispo to Malibu. If you're planning a road trip to Malibu, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
10:00 am start in San Luis Obispo
drive for about 56 minutes
10:56 am Foxen Vineyard
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:56 am
drive for about 58 minutes
12:55 pm Santa Barbara
eat at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 2:55 pm
drive for about 30 minutes
3:24 pm Ventura
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:24 pm
drive for about 48 minutes
5:12 pm Malibu Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:12 pm
drive for about 7 minutes
6:19 pm arrive in Malibu
eat at Nobu Malibu
stay at Malibu Beach Inn
driving ≈ 3.5 hours
Foxen Vineyard (6 mentions)
Santa Barbara (189 answers)
Butterfly Beach (7 mentions)
Bacara Resort & Spa (6 mentions)
Hendry's Beach (4 mentions)
Stearns Wharf (4 mentions)
The Funk Zone (4 mentions)
restaurants around Santa Barbara:
McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
La Super-Rica Taqueria
The Lark - Santa Barbara
Boathouse at Hendry's Beach
The Palace Grill
hotels around Santa Barbara:
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
San Ysidro Ranch
El Encanto Hotel
questions about Santa Barbara:
Favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara?
Bachelorette Weekend Getaway in Santa Barbara
Best Beach in Santa Barbara?
24 hours in Santa Barbara, what do I have to see/eat/do?
How far from santa barbara to palm springs and PS to Phoenix?
Ventura (16 answers)
Downtown Ventura (2 mentions)
C Street (2 mentions)
questions about Ventura:
What to see, do & eat in Ventura, CA
Romantic weekend events/entertainment
Malibu Beach (41 mentions)
Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?
The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Malibu.
If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Malibu Beach Inn, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.
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Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?
Trippy members suggest Nobu Malibu, which was mentioned 15 times.
Here are some more restaurants people talk about:
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This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.
These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:
Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!
For example, here are some questions people have asked about Malibu. Click on any question to see answers from the community!
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Places to eat in Malibu? (8 answers)
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Laura from San Francisco asked:
Wine tasting in Malibu? (3 answers)
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Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!
Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Malibu to San Luis Obispo drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.
Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of San Luis Obispo? Try searching for places within 3 hours of San Luis Obispo.
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