3. Malibu Beach
Malibu is already a celeb hotspot and the beaches there are practically crawling with them. While some star-gazers may set up a towel and relax in the sun, you’ll probably have more luck getting up close and personal with celebs if you hit the water and get active. David Beckham and Gerard Butler enjoy riding the waves and Matthew McConaughey has been seen paddle-boarding in calmer waters. McConaughey has also been a participant in the celeb-heavy Nautica Malibu Trialthon. Will Ferrell has also participated in years past and in September, Tiffani Thiessen (of Saved by the Bell fame), The Hangover’s Ed Helms, John Cryer, and the Bachelor host Chris Harrison all showed up for the race’s 25th year raising money for cancer research.
Where to Stay: Hotel Oceana Santa Monica, Calif.
A 30-minute drive from Malibu, this Santa Monica hotel more than compensates for its lack of on-site features —no spa, a long walk to the beach— with great design in its large rooms, a welcoming atmosphere cultivated by personal service, and a relaxed, low-key vibe unmatched by its luxury rivals Fairmont Miramar, Shutters on the Beach, and Casa Del Mar.