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El Matador Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
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Costal Caves and Rock Formations

Cool caves and rock formations. Parking is difficult in the later part of the day but if you can manage, this is an interesting place to spend some time in nature. If you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Cool caves and rock formations. Parking is difficult in the later part of the day but if you can manage, this is an interesting place to spend some time in nature. If you are planning to bring things with you to the beach, it is kind of a long walk down a mildly treacherous path, so I recommend leaving the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This beach is like a sic-fi movie set. Amazing, towering rock formations. I'm sure it would be used as a movie set (like all the neighboring beaches) too - except for the fact that the pathway getting down & back up from Matador is steep and a bit challenging for those with bad ankles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beach Overview: El Matador is the most beautiful of the three beaches (El Pescador, La Piedra, El Matador) that make up this section of the Malibu coast. The scenic beauty is enough that every time I have been there, there has been a photo shoot of some kind going on in the secluded cove in between the two main portions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beautiful beach, it's great for shoots or different events. I love the caves on the water and the view is amazing. Definitely a must when in Malibu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

As someone who's lived in Los Angeles for 20+ years I'm surprised I've just discovered this coveted beautiful spot recently. I've taken my family from out of town there and it seems like everyone really enjoy it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a great beach. Parking is $8. It's a little bit of hike down to the beach on dirt and stairs but so worth it! The "caves" are cool for kids and there are little tide pools! We loved it here!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It's a beautiful beach, smaller than expected, but the rock formations are beautiful. The water was a good temp, a little too seaweed filled, but great for going in overall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

very unique beach with nice beautiful rock formations...you will run into numerous photoshoots here. swimming would be ok here but be careful for rocks. the beach doesn't get overcrowded since there is limited parking. $8 for parking but the machine was out of order when we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great swimming but you will probably swim into a lot of kelp. There are very nice rock formations and a sea cave at the West end of the beach. A lifeguard patrols infrequently and there are a few rocks in the water to watch for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful and great place to see the beach and rocks! Good stop along pacific coast highway! Day was a little overcast but still beautiful.

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu>  > Malibu

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