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Fun Facts from the Malibu Beach Inn

Explore Malibu History

Learn interesting facts about our starlit city and explore the history behind the birth of our famous seaside community, including surrounding Malibu attractions from the Adamson House to the legendary Getty Villa.

  • Malibu was originally settled by the Chumash, Native American settlers. The name "Malibu" was derived from the Native American word "Humaliwo" which means "the surf sounds loudly."
  • Most of Malibu's land was privately held by Frederick Hastings Rindge and Rhoda May Rindge until 1929, when the state won a court case that allowed construction of what is now known as the Pacific Coast Highway to begin in Malibu.
  • The Rindge house, originally built for the family's yacht, is now known as the Adamson House (a National Historic Site and California Historical Landmark) and is situated close to our luxury Malibu hotel, beside the Malibu Pier.
  • Once construction of the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu became inevitable in 1929, May Rindge was forced to subdivide her property and begin selling and leasing lots throughout Malibu. Malibu Colony was one of the first areas inhabited after Malibu was opened to the public. Today, Malibu Colony abounds with celebrities and remains one of Malibu's most famous districts.
  • In 1974, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened the Getty Villa in Malibu as his second museum in a building inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporating additional details from several other ancient sites. After closing for extensive renovations in 1997, the Getty Villa reopened in 2006 and is currently home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.
  • In 1976, Cat Stevens had his famous near-death experience in Malibu, when he nearly drowned while he was swimming. Shortly thereafter he converted to Islam, adopting the name Yusuf Islam.
  • From 1961 through the mid-80’s, 22878 Pacific Coast Highway – the current address of Malibu Beach Inn – was home to two popular tiki-themed restaurants: the Tonga Lei Polynesian Restaurant for much of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the Don the Beachcomber Inn for a short stint in the mid-80’s. In 1989, 22878 Pacific Coast Highway became the official home of the Malibu Beach Inn
  • Also in 1989, Actor Martin Sheen was named honorary mayor of Malibu.

Malibu Beach Inn’s History

  • In October 2006, Malibu Beach Inn underwent extensive renovations, including completely refinished interiors and exteriors, the addition of the Carbon Beach Club and expanded meeting space. The renovations were designed to complement the property’s location on Malibu’s exclusive Carbon Beach.
  •  In October 2007, after renovations were complete, Malibu Beach Inn re-opened its doors as the only luxury oceanfront hotel in Malibu, offering unparalleled levels of luxury and service!