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Malibu with Tweens: A Perfect Family Day
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Malibu typically inspires images of surfers and celebrities. While both groups can be found in abundance, there's much more to this coastal enclave than what's depicted on the news. Tide pools, mountain trails, and outdoor seafood shacks are just some of my family's favorite outings along this coastal stretch between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. If you are planning a trip to Malibu with tweens, allow me to recommend a few spots that are sure to make this your best family vacation ever.

Start your vacation with a photograph for the cover of your scrapbook. Head west up the coast on Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1), Malibu's main artery. Just past the light at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, stop at the base of Tuna Canyon for a family photo in front of the blue-and-green "Malibu: 27 Miles of Scenic Beauty" sign. Angle the camera just right, and you'll capture a wedge of ocean in the background.


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