Between 2012 and 2013, Malibu Lagoon State Beach shut down for a restoration project, causing quite a stir. This was understandable, given the popularity of Surfrider Beach. However, if you visit the lagoon following its rejuvenation, it would be hard to call the overhaul anything but a massive success. A manicured but beautiful area surrounds an enlarged lagoon that fish and birds call home. A walkway wraps around the lagoon that is lined by a variety of native plants.