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El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach

El Matador State Beach

9.532 reviews
Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Beach
Ranked #4 in Malibu things to do
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32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 880-0363
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=633
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Jaw dropping beach gem that's gorgeous both in person and on photo! If you're around Malibu, this is a must visit. The hidden caves, unique rock formations and stunning views of ... Read more
clean waves crashing against the shore will definitely make you wish you had all the time in the world to just lay around all day.If you walk down the path and to the right, make sure to find this hidden cove. Trust me, you will thank me.

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Local from Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Matador state beach is a beautiful little place right off PCH in Malibu. Parking fills up if you do not get there before 11-12. $3/hr or $10/day. Pretty open in the morning but starts getting more populated later. Fun place to explore and take pictures.

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Austin, Texas, USA

This beach is absolutely stunning, especially right before sunset when the sun is making everything seem like it's been covered in a golden haze. Be careful when the tide is high - at this time there is absolutely nowhere to keep your stuff safe from the water.

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Local from Los Angeles

This is my all time favorite beach in LA! It's perfect for a romantic date or quick getaway with friends. I always bring people here when they're visiting from out of town because the rocks along the coast remind me of Europe, they're so beautiful! Great for photos. I recommend parking on the street, you have to pay to park in the lot!

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Local from Marina del Rey, California, USA

This is a great beach for photos. In fact, the two times I've been there, I've seen multiple professional photo shoots happening (with models). There are beautiful rock formations, a nice stretch of open beach, and amazing ocean views. The beach can get crowded on weekends. There is a small parking lot with a kiosk for printing parking passes. I think the day-rate is $8, and you have to enter the license plate number of your car. This must be to prevent people from passing the parking ticket onto the car that takes their spot when they leave. Also be advised that there is a semi-steep dirt path that leads down to a wooden stairway to the beach. I would not recommend this beach for anyone that has mobility issues.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Near Malibu, this state Park because is kinda treacherous if you fall down the mountain. It is built without safety nets and staring down from the top and into the sand is quite a fall. But the view is beautiful with waves crashing into those beautiful rocks.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Jaw dropping beach gem that's gorgeous both in person and on photo! If you're around Malibu, this is a must visit. The hidden caves, unique rock formations and stunning views of clean waves crashing against the shore will definitely make you wish you had all the time in the world to just lay around all day.

If you walk down the path and to the right, make sure to find this hidden cove. Trust me, you will thank me.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Stunning! No doubts, one of the most romantic and fascinating beaches in SoCal to capture the sunset! Stop the car, walk down the trail (wear flip flops..) and be amazed!

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Orlando, Florida

So beautiful! The beach is spread out so its not as crowded. Had a great day here!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

A small area includes everything from rock formations splashed by surf, stretches of pure sand and, at the southern end, the backyards of some luxury, beachfront homes. It's the nicest of Malibu's "hidden" beaches but is being discovered by more and more people. If the parking lot is full, the beach will be also. I would then go to Pescadore instead.

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California has many hidden gems and this is ONE of them. This beach is unlike the others of the area. It's small but offers a very romantic setting--ideal place for engagement shots!

Let me tell you, the rock formations, dramatic cliffs, changing tides, etc. really makes this beach unique.

Try finding parking on the side (watch for signs), or simply pay the $8 parking fee to park all day.

THIS PLACE IS A MUST VISIT or you're missing out!

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It doesn't matter whether it's raining or sunny out. El Matador is always the kind of strange elemental planetary beauty that marvels in any light. Bring a blanket or explore the caves and hike the Malibu Coastline.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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Malibu's Matador Beach is a short stretch of sand with beautiful rock formations. As a smaller beach, it's a nice alternative to Santa Monica's crowded strips - though every time I've been to Matador the parking lot has always been full. You can park on the street as well, then take the winding staircase down to the water. Very family-friendly and clean.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

25 miles up the coast and a hike, this is the best kept secret in Santa Monica. This secluded beach is beautiful and worth the drive and effort to get there. You might find a few more explores there, but chances are you might be alone and will have found paradise for the afternoon.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

El Matador Beach is one of my favorite places to escape the city. It is a secluded beach north of Malibu off of PCH. The beach is at the foot of steep bluffs where beautiful rock formations jut out of the sand, making a very picturesque scene. It say this is one of the most romantic places in the city.

To get to El Matador Beach you must drive North from LA on the Pacific Coast Highway about ten miles past Malibu. That’s past Pepperdine University and just a couple miles North of Zuma Beach. You’ll see a sign for the turnoff and you’ll find a parking lot atop the bluff.

Once you pay for parking ($8 for the whole day), you’ll start on your way down to the beach. Follow the path down the mountain.

My best advice for this beach is to bring everything you need to spend the day here. Pack a lunch, water, towels, sunscreen, a book, an ipod, and whatever else will help you relax the day away. And as a tip, the weekends tend to be busier than the week days (when you may find yourself the only one on the beach). And the earlier you get there, the fewer people you will find.

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Local from Los Angeles

Definitely the perfect spot for a secluded romantic get-away. Although quite a small beach, the privacy that this beach offers is a great perk. El Matador State Beach also has its own small parking lot with a pay to park machine. Just off of the dirt trail leading down a flight of stairs to the sandy beach is a picnic area atop of the cliff. Here you could enjoy the sounds of the beach and the sea breeze without stepping onto the sand. The scenery of the beach itself is beautiful and calming, which makes it a great place for a private photo-shoot or a rest spot away from the city.

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Local from Los Angeles

Simply breathtaking.

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Local from Ontario, California

Gorgeous!

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Oxnard

Away from the road and all the rocks make it feel like a private beach

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Local from Los Angeles, California

My Favorite Beach!!! Worth the drive,

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Ottawa, Canada

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