Hiya, just wondering if anyone can advise on the following itinerary plan...
(Basicly I have gained an extra day with the Big Sur being closed and was able to bring plans on previous days forward)
I would like to go to an outlet shopping mall so from SB we are going to Camarillo Premium Outlets. Im not sure how long we will spend here but may end up having lunch here
The next plan is to go to Malibu beach & pier and spend some time relaxing/sightseeing.
Then I would like to go to the Getty Villa BUT dont think I am going to have time on this day? Am i correct in reading that it closes at 5pm? Also, how long should i allow to see it...?? (plan B is to visit it the following morning)
My next dilemma is accomodation....torn between Malibu M Hotel, or a place that is half the cost in Calabasas....(Goodnite Inn)
The Malibu M is perfect for its location - i would have liked to watch the sun go down on the beach, (or from a nearby beach) if we stay there BUT its really out of my budget (family of 4)
It was also good because the next day its an easy/short drive to The Getty Villa and then to Santa Monica afterwards.
Ive looked at booking the same hotel i have in santa monica on the next day, BUT its sold out!!
Ive also looked at Venice Beach but again, the hotels are so expensive, or the really cheap ones have not got very good reviews. I dont want to have to travel too much further than Venice Beach - esp as we will have to come "backwards" to visit Getty Villa!
Basicly, should I bite the bullet and pay more than i want to just "for location" in Malibu, or is Calabasas a good stop as a base? Anywhere to watch the sun go down up there??! (cant see the husband driving me all the way back to the malibu beaches just to see sunset, and cant see us staying on the beach in Malibu for that many hours waiting for it either...!!)
Is there somewhere nice for dinner in Calabasas that anyone could recommend? Ive only picked this area as it offered affordable accomodation. I could also do Thousand Oaks, or Agoura Hills BUT these are just slightly further back from my onward journey towards Getty Villa and Santa Monica the next day! (but are they a better location to stay in perhaps?)
I was also looking at the roads up to Calabasas - will we pass a lookout called The Snake on our way from Malibu?! are there any other scenic roads/routes we could do up there or anything else to see? (actualy, should I copy this post into the calabasas forum page..?!)
Sorry if this sounds confusing !! any advice will be much appreciated....