Although I’m not a fan of the “staycation”, I took a day off recently to enjoy the perfect California spring weather. My husband and I decided to check out Malibu cove, a pretty stretch of private beach best known for its “trailer park”. I haven’t looked up the history but I would guess that this was an old hippie enclave from the 60s that has managed to stave off developement. One 600 square foot ‘trailer’ on a tiny plot of land had an asking price of $425,000, so it is not cheap unless you compare it to the Joneses above with their multi-million dollar homes.
Since this is a highly touristic area, nothing is cheap. You have to pay $25 for 4 hours of parking or eat at the restaurant (must spend $20 to get validation, which makes parking $3 for 4 hours). We ended up spending $47, including tip, for a bowl of clam chowder, 2 drinks, and an appetizer. The portions were huge and the clam chowder was very good, but it was still not worth it. At times like this, I realize how lucky I am that my husband’s cooking rivals or excels most restaurants. It’s not that we don’t enjoy going out but finding restaurants that are high-quality and reasonably priced is not easy in Los Angeles. American restaurants usually disappoint. We do head to Italian restaurants on occasion but the good ones are very expensive. We usually stick to “ethnic” restaurants (Thai, Chinese, Mexican, etc..) where it is possible to find this combination.
All in all, it was a good day. We came for the atmosphere, not the food. For $47 + $3 parking, we had an unspoiled view of the ocean and a few hours of relaxation with warm sand under our feet under perfect sunny skies.