El Matador State Beach

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32215 pacific coast highway, Malibu, CA, USA

El Matador State Beach Malibu Reviews

travdillon travdill…
3 reviews
the pacific at its finest Jul 09, 2011
Malibu beach is a really nice place to have a picnic and go swimming. Walking down the beach and admiring the multi-million dollar beach homes is also quite the cite. If you're lucky, you may even see some of your favorite movie stars hangin' out! Unfortunately, pamela anderson isn't that attractive anymore.
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smlfrys smlfrys
3 reviews
Malibu Beach Apr 03, 2011
Malibu is such a beautiful place. The views are amazing. The homes are unique. The beach is breathtaking. Take a long drive and experience the area. It's worth it.
breezejen breezejen
33 reviews
Off the beaten path Sep 23, 2010
The 30 mile drive up the coast on PCH is well worth it. If you want to get away from the crowds and the litter, take the 45 minute drive north of Santa Monica and you'll get to El Matador beach. You won't find the food vendors, the souvenir stores or the random homeless person here. Instead, find cleaner beaches, a beautiful view and smaller crowds.

There is a small sign that leads you to the parking area. For a $5 fee, you can park here all day. There aren't too many spaces (hence no crowd) however, i've never had a problem with parking. Pay the parking fee as it does help the preservation of the California parks and i've heard the ticket for not paying is ridiculously expensive. There is also a short and steep, hike down towards the water and remember, you'll have to walk up this path to get back to the car.

The area south of the parking area is much less crowded than the area north but it's a lot less picturesque. The beach is nestled between the cliffs of Malibu and has rock formations that add to the beauty. Bring a lunch and a drink (you won't be able to buy anything there), a towel (the water seems a lot cleaner), a book (plan on staying a while) and an umbrella (not too much shade here). Also, if you walk up and down the beach, don't be surprised to see a nude person or two as this are is popular for sunbathing au naturel.
The steep path down to the beach.
Rock formations scattered around t…
View from the beach.
View of the beach from the trail
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mariafriesen mariafri…
1 reviews
Apr 04, 2007
El Matador Beach is once of the best kept secrets in the LA area. It was recommended to me by a coworker during my last year in LA. It's very different from the other beaches in the LA area with beautiful cliffs, rocks and sea caves.

It's a little unfriendly for swimmers with all the rock and the undercurrent, but a favorite for bodysurfers. I'm pretty sure there's no lifegaurds either so be careful!

Overall a nice place to relax, be inspired, and dip your toes.

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