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“Thankful for El Matador”

El Matador State Beach
Ranked #5 of 53 things to do in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Flew in to LAX for Thanksgiving week. Decided to drive up coast on our way to Moorpark & find El Matador as a recommended attraction from TA. First stop was Gladstone's restaurant in Malibu recommended by family - very good food, friendly staff & great view of beach on outdoor deck. Clear & balmy day. From the parking lot to El Matador beach was a short & do-able hike for a couple of "mature" adults -will not use term senior citizen unless a discount is involved. You should wear comfortable shoes & walk with some care. At mid day, weather was perfect. Scenery of rock formations, beach & beautiful homes was such a welcomed sight after a long flight. Beach was populated by a handful of families & visitors. Pay for parking machine was not working, so our short stay was free. Port-a-potty on site for restrooms. Would visit again when more time is available to enjoy.

1  Thank GtownGinger
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

El Matador lived up to its name and reputation.
Once you make the hike down the cliff/stairs, you are treated to a wonderful combination of sandy beach with interesting rock outcrops, and the cliffs (& beautiful homes) above. Makes for great photo opportunities.
Just pay attention to others warnings about terrible toilets, and bring your own food & drinks.

2  Thank BogeyPeter
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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. One very important tip for El Matador beach is that it should be done during a very low tide and nice weather. These low tides occur during full moon and new moon periods, and often reach their lowest around sunset during the winter (check tide charts online). This makes for a beautiful sunset walk through many caves (not approachable during high tides) and amazing tide pools. For us the only drawback is that photographers frequent the beach bringing equipment, reflectors, tripods, and usually scantily dressed girls draping themselves in kelp hoping to be the next seductive swimsuit model. This can detract from the natural beauty of the place, but this is usually centered near the bottom of the path down to the beach and it's a big beach with plenty of room for all. Hope this tip helps; enjoy.

12  Thank agentmoldy
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

went there on a cloudy day and close to sunset time. this place is a little different from the other beaches, famous for its rocks which makes it more interesting for kids. and it's a little cold at this time of year, but witnessed a belly dancer shooting some propaganda film, very gorgeous, hah

2  Thank Ying L
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Best beach in Southern California for photography. I go there often to take pics of the settings. The rocks and cliffs are stunning. During the fall and winter months, the beach is almost empty, and you have most of the beach to yourself. I would recommend anyone that visits Southern California to head to this paradise.

2  Thank Craig R
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