We took the Pacific Coast Highway from Anaheim to Malibu and it took us two hours. The traffic and hold ups were so bad but we did see the coastline at times!
We arrived at lunch time and had a sandwich at the Subway, then took off to find the beach where the stars live. One entrance was just near the area where we had lunch, but it was gated and guarded, so we headed further out. Eventually, we found access to the beach and parked at the roadside. This end of the private road was no entry, but there was access to the beach so we walked right on the shoreline. Each house had a notice saying to keep 800 metres from the house. Some of the houses were beautiful, some were dilapidated, and some were being renovated. We walked right along the shoreline, but didn't see anyone famous. There is a nature reserve quite near the gated entrance. We took a walk and it was very peaceful. There were a lot of sea birds and also a heron.
It was late afternoon when we arrived here and the beach was almost deserted. There was a large car park at the beachside and we had no trouble parking. We were hoping to see some skaters and boarders, but as it was mid week there were only a few. As of the whole coast, the beach was superb and Santa Monica has a pier at one end with a funfair. The water was very cold.
We found a relatively new shopping area with a car park offering the first two hours for $2. This is situated behind Manns Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The thing is to take this offer up you have to have the ticket validated by one of the shops or restaurants. We walked on Hollywood Blvd, saw the walk of fame then decided to drive up to the Hollywood sign. The road goes up a very steep hill and ends at a car park. You then have to walk a little way to get opposite the sign. No one is allowed at the sign itself. The views over LA were the drive and the climb.
Instead investing in a tour, we bought a map at the roadside for $10 and set off to find the famous homes. We managed to find the house which Elvis used to own, Cher’s old house now owned by Eddie Murphy and various others. The tour would probably have been better, but then when you've seen one house you've seen them all. They were very nice, but didn't seem to be large mansions as I expected.