The beach isn't the only reason to brave PCH traffic and head to Malibu. On a recent weekend, I hiked a 4.2 mile trail to Escondido Falls, feasted on fresh seafood overlooking the ocean, and finished off with some of the best gelato in town.
The hike to the lower falls is fairly easy and shady, good for a family hike. Once there, you can play in the water or take the trail to the right to the upper falls. It's a short hike from there, but much steeper. At some point you will have to climb an incline using some ropes, taking turns between the people going up and down. Take your time. Also, you will most likely get a bit muddy, but it's all worth it. You'll be rewarded with a beautiful three-tiered waterfall.
Steamed large shrimp, 1/2 lb ($10.95)
Steamed clams, 1 lb ($10.95)
Fresh clams, nice light broth. Simple preparation is all you need for fresh seafood.
We also ordered a piece of fried fish ($3.10)
The fried fish here is a large piece of flaky cod in crispy batter, served with a side of tartar sauce. Not a bad deal for $3!
And then there are my favorite things here: Fried oysters, 5 pieces ($3.75)
Be careful biting into these little things! The hot juices will burst into your mouth!
Juicy oysters inside the breading:
What better way to refuel after a waterfall hike than eating fresh seafood, steamed or fried, while staring at the ocean waves?
Well, there's still dessert. Malibu Seafood does offer Beachy Cream ice cream sandwiches, but I was set to return to Grom for some awesome gelato. We tried some new flavors this time and discovered two new favorites: extra dark chocolate sorbet, and yogurt! The extra dark chocolate tastes even darker since it's dairy free.
Exercise, playing by the waterfall, fried oysters, sea breeze, and gelato. It was a perfect day in Malibu. If only we didn't have to go back to work.
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265