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beautiful rock formations.

El Matador State Beach is worth the stop if you find yourself in Malibu. Be prepared to pay for... read more

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If you find yourself in Malibu I recommend seeing this beach. The rocks add a beautiful look to the... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Chalie B
Hammonton, NJ
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32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 November 2013

We live in Malibu and go here occasionally with our kids. It is particularly beautiful here, and throughout Malibu, this time of year (November, December) as the frequent Santa Ana winds make for clear skies with views of the offshore islands and very little crowds....More

15  Thank agentmoldy
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

El Matador used to be a quiet, tiny beach with some pretty caves. Not anymore. It's super crowded even on a weekday. Loud families, gangster types (there's graffiti everywhere), trash everywhere. Someone was killed there a couple of weeks ago. The access route is long...More

12  Thank Annemarie P
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Reviewed yesterday

El Matador State Beach is worth the stop if you find yourself in Malibu. Be prepared to pay for parking and climb down a lot of stairs. The rock formations are beautiful. Theres lots of little caves and rocks to climb under around. It was...More

Thank JessiAnn85
Reviewed 11 October 2018

If you find yourself in Malibu I recommend seeing this beach. The rocks add a beautiful look to the beach. Do be careful as it can be a little tricky navigating the steep descent to he bottom. Especially if your a little older. Saw a...More

Thank Chalie B
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Spectacular views there and it is a peaceful beach to relax and take Instagram photo-worthy moments at.

Thank 250ka1
Reviewed 22 September 2018

The beaches on the east and gulf coast don't have the awesome rock formations. This is a great beach for photos and looking for sea life. There is a pay machine for parking. It was $8 when we were there. Walking rugged terrain and lots...More

1  Thank RyanAndTiffany
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This beach / cove kept popping up in social media as the number 1 place to see and now I see why. The sand, rocks, waves, Cliffside and setting make it one of the most stunning places I have ever seen. Nike were even doing...More

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 11 September 2018

It is a gem off the hidden path. its a hike down but it offers you great views. They have a picnic table that you can eat there with the most spectacular views. highly recommend it.

Thank VPonthemove
Reviewed 27 August 2018

You have to walk down a cliff to get to the beach but there is a cut path and it is easy walking. It is not as crowded as the easy access beaches and it is so beautiful. My husband actually proposed to me on...More

2  Thank Winkylee12
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Was at this beach last week and it was near perfect - no major crowding, unusually diverse group, nice variety in the topography of the beach/coast line (not just a stretch of sand). The short "hike" up and down the stairs was a nice little...More

1  Thank Anne S
Reviewed 23 August 2018

This place used to be an escape. A beautiful beach, free from the crowds of Zuma, Paradise Cove, and Surfrider, where you can explore striking caves and rock formations. Not any longer. I have visited the beach twice this summer, and I do not plan...More

2  Thank dfotinich
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Easy to find and a bit difficult to get to. A very steep slope with many stairs. We didn't go to enjoy the beach, but only to view. And the views were incredible. If you go for the day, bring refreshments, but not a big...More

2  Thank Kyle V
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20 December 2017|
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Response from Yury S | Reviewed this property |
There is toll parking just near one. Just turn right on beach sign and drive a bit down you ll see one.
Marz J
7 May 2017|
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Response from 23tn | Reviewed this property |
We arrived just before lunch on a Thursday. We took lots of pictures on the beach. It was beautiful. We were there in February so not a lot of people and no problem parking in the lot. They were "shooting" a commercial... More
28 April 2017|
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Response from alamodephoto | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are definitely porta a potties located in the parking area. The walk is pretty difficult to get down to the water so make sure to wear good walking shoes.