Malibu is an affluent, beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population is 12,575. Malibu consists of a 21-mile (34 km) strip of Pacific coastline. The community is famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being the home of countless movie stars and others associated with the Southern California entertainment industries. Signs around the city proclaim “27 miles of scenic beauty”, refering to Malibu’s original length of 27 miles (43 km) before it was incorporated in 1991.
Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons; the city is also bounded (more or less) by Topanga Canyon to the east, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Ventura County to the west.
Malibu’s beaches include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu State Beach and Topanga State Beach; its local parks include Malibu Bluffs Park (formerly Malibu Bluffs State Park) and the planned Legacy Park, with neighboring parks Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park, Point Mugu State Park, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and neighboring state beach Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach, that was once part of Old Malibu (before Malibu became a city), and better known as pristine beaches, El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador.