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El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
+1 818-880-0363
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So Pretty

I was there in September driving from LA to Santa Barbara and read online this was a great beach to... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Janice D
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Boston, Massachusetts
Great views, plan for walking

My wife and I traveled to the Malibu area in Summer 2017 in search of beautiful beach areas. El... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
Mitch M
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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  • Average4%
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“rock formations” (67 reviews)
“photo shoots” (25 reviews)
“steep stairs” (12 reviews)
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32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
Malibu
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+1 818-880-0363
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"rock formations"
in 67 reviews
"photo shoots"
in 25 reviews
"steep stairs"
in 12 reviews
"parking lot"
in 35 reviews
"dirt path"
in 9 reviews
"high tide"
in 12 reviews
"porta potties"
in 13 reviews
"the cliff"
in 20 reviews
"state beach"
in 19 reviews
"taking pictures"
in 8 reviews
"great pictures"
in 8 reviews
"breathtaking views"
in 9 reviews
"natural beauty"
in 5 reviews
"tide pools"
in 13 reviews
"bring your camera"
in 6 reviews
"sea life"
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

I was there in September driving from LA to Santa Barbara and read online this was a great beach to see. This was so picturesque and worth the trip to see. There is a bit of a walk down the hill but worth it.

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

My wife and I traveled to the Malibu area in Summer 2017 in search of beautiful beach areas. El Matador was one of the popular ones I found online. On the weekend, parking was tough here. We ended up parking in a nearby neighborhood with...More

1  Thank Mitch M
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Nice state park with a small parking area decent trail and steps down. Remember you have to climb up. The inquest rock formations and fantastic views of sunset. It is worth the drive north of Malibu to see.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

You can pay to park here, or find free parking along Highway 1 on both sides of the highway. If you choose to do the latter, make sure you park where it is legal - it is very clearly marked - and watch out for...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth the visit! Pay a little to park and enjoy the steep descent to the waters edge where land meets water in random outcroppings scattered along the shores edge. Great for families and romantic for couples. Don’t advise for elderly due to steep descent...More

2  Thank Charlesmdawe
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

It’s a small beach in Malibu. Right before Leo Carrillo beach. Very small parking lot for which you have to pay for the whole day. But if it is full, people park on the street on pch. If the tide is high, there is no...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful beach.. Just a perfect place to watch a magical Californian sunset and to feel the ocean breeze. Also, especially for girls, great place to make a photoshoot , the beach is surrounded by the big rocks and cliffs, so take your favorite beach dress...More

Thank Марина С
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Coming from the east coast el matador was absolutely breathtaking. It was a warm foggy day and descending down the rockiest stairs and hill to the beach was quite the (short) adventure. The beach was overcrowded but the view was like something out of the...More

Thank brweber
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

This is my favorite beach because of how secluded and picturesque it is. You have to hike down quite a bit to get to it and I love that part. Also leaving the beach is pretty much uphill so if you have mobility issues this...More

Thank Glamris
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

It is quite a climb to get to and from this beach. But once you are there it's really nice. Halfway down the stairs you can see dolfins if you're lucky as we were. The rock formations are like the ones you can find in...More

Thank Jamesrvp
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393itzikg
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.
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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
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Claudisss
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.
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