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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
Phone Number: +1 818-880-0363

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The most romantic beach in Malibu

Never a big crowd. There is always a spot from which entire beach seems to be just yours, but try to come during the week and you likely will be the only person there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Alex F
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Never a big crowd. There is always a spot from which entire beach seems to be just yours, but try to come during the week and you likely will be the only person there.

Thank Alex F
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a Beautiful beach, the rocks are amazing, and the view is fantastic, Weekends can be a little too crowded, it's a must see Beach in Malibu.

Thank Mayi3
Mercer Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was lucky to come on a sunny day in November when there were few people here. It was easy to park in the small lot at the top. The climb down to the beach is not as bad as it looks and you will be rewarded with a great walk on a sandy beach around some amazing big rocks.... More 

Thank Robert K
Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This beach has character! Loved the fact that it had large boulders along the beach. Beautiful! Great stop for an afternoon snack!

Thank Debbie H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Great rocks on the beach making this a fun stop views wee fantastic and the beach uncrowded. They were filming a tv show but no issues

Thank Charles V
Scottsdale, Arizona
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

On a recent trip to the Los Angeles area my girls and I decided to explore Malibu. We normally don't stray far from our favorite beach area in Newport but we were staying near Santa Monica and Malibu seemed like it would be fun to explore. We were happy with out choice. We had a tip from our Airbnb host... More 

Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This beach is incredible in beauty. It's not very big and parking is an issue, had to park on the PCH. But the rock formations along the beach are outstanding. It's worth a visit

Thank Singon S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Someone from work recommended I visit here versus the "normal" hot spots. The views are breathtaking to say the least. It was very quiet, bit of a walk down to the beach but certainly worth the effort.

Thank Prentice W
Saint Charles, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Nice little beach not too crowded. We just took a break from driving to get our feet wet. it was fun.

Thank Jennifer D
Milford, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

An incredible beach with an amazing overview of the area. There is a very steep, very lengthy stairway from the overlook to the beach and I would NOT recommend this for anyone who will be overworked by exercise. You can still get a glimpse of some of the sea caves from up above. Be sure to check the local tides... More 

Thank vmalott

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The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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