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El Matador Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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Get Away Spot

Beautiful spot off the beaten path. Great place to sit quietly. Beautiful picture spot. Go in the AM for a particularly peaceful experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Beautiful spot off the beaten path. Great place to sit quietly. Beautiful picture spot. Go in the AM for a particularly peaceful experience.

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Portland, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Loved the beach! I advise getting there on the early side (before noon) to ensure a good parking spot. the views are spectacular and the rock formations are super cool. it's a really neat place to walk around and explore, ducking into different little caves and climbing on rocks. This was definitely a very memorable stop on our road trip... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A great place to stop whilst driving the Pacific Coast Highway - the sand is fine, the sea clear and the little rock formations make for great pictures as the tide swirls amongst them.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

We came here after reading reviews and we were disappointed. It's just like any other beach. Secluded yes but not worth the drive. It was super windy when we came and cold. Maybe it's better in the summer but I wouldn't make the drive. Nice hike down but that's about it. Might as well just go to a beach closer... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Clean beach with fantastic views and scenery. Wish I had more time to spend the entire day there. Scenic drive to get there!

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Edwardsville, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Little bit of a hike down but really not bad. Make sure you're prepared to go down, and have everything with you so you don't have the hike up & down. Lovely rock formations but still plenty of sand to enjoy frisbee, catch, whatever. You get to see plenty of tidal life when the water is low if you investigate... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This beach was just what the doctor ordered after 3 days in Disneyland. The family loved it - natural, quiet, tide pools, rock formations, etc. The antithesis of Santa Monica beach!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Some of the most beautiful sights at El Matador were quite hard to find as you had to almost hike down the hills.. but once you reach the beach scenery, the views are astonishing. I'd definitely recommend taking a camera as all i had was my iPhone and i wish i took some better photos. Definitely put aside around an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great place to pull off Pacific Coast Highway and take a stroll. Very pretty. There were several areas available for day parking. Great place to stop and take pictures. The beach was not crowded at all, very nice place!

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's simple ... this beach is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and I've been to a lot of beaches. Just take a look at the pics! They speak for themselves.

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