Summer is in full flow and that can only mean one thing.  Time to hit the beach. And where better to land than Malibu?  Endless white beaches, beautiful homes and a chilled out, effortlessly chic, vibe.

If, for whatever reason, you tire of the powder soft sand, million dollar homes and melodic crash of the waves on the shore line, The Malibu Country Mart is but a short drive down the end of the street.  We, at the Beachwood Boys Club, certainly don’t relish drudging round the stores of a weekend, but even we recognize a good spot to shop when we see one.  Great brands, some wonderfully fresh places to eat and a vibrant ambiance, all encapsulated within this laid back, easy, breezy vibe.  More importantly, it also boasts a rather wonderful sand box playground area – always alive with the buzz of kids playing – enabling us to tag team the shopping.  Well being more honest, this allows Rachel to go shopping while I make sure the boys are suitably entertained and engaged.

Malibu Country Mart

Malibu Country Mart

Malibu Country Mart Playground

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We managed to sneak in a visit to the Aviator Nation store at the end of Pier, where the boys had an impromptu rock out session on the sound stage.

Aviator Nation

Malibu Farm restaurant at the end of the Pier is now a well established staple for both locals and day-trippers alike.   The fresh, organic, farm to table, food was fabulous and although the place was mobbed when we went, we managed to order and get seated relatively painlessly.  Still –  if you want to get the authentic Malibu vibe you should avoid the weekends.

Malibu FarmOrganic Food and Rescue Bots – what a great combination.

Malibu Farm Salmon

Malibu Pier

A near perfect blend of effortless chic, breathtaking beauty and unaffected glamour.

Malibu Beach