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El Matador Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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Scenic beach with interesting rock formations

the kids liked to run through the "cave" in between the swells. the beach started getting crowded with couples and not just families so we left by mid afternoon. life guard not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

the kids liked to run through the "cave" in between the swells. the beach started getting crowded with couples and not just families so we left by mid afternoon. life guard not always on duty so swim at your own risk. worth checking out at low tide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were there about 11 a.m. on a weekday and there were about 2 dozen people there. It was definitely getting busier as time went by. Great picture-taking amongst the huge rocks and crashing surf. We drove about 1 1/2 hours north and this was the only spot we found worth stopping to climb the rocks. Lots of other areas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing beach , take pictures or just seat and relax, or play with the kids the view is breath taking , I recommend to visit if you are planning to go to CA.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Unique public beach for LA, great rock formations. Not sure about swimming here, but the walkability is very good. Lots of photo shoots going on when we went. The walk to the beach from the parking lot may be challenging for some.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful beach with gorgeous rock cliffs all around. A bit of a climb down the dirt trail and steps but go slow and you will be fine and is worth getting to the beach. There is a self pay parking fee if you park in the parking lot (and the rangers do come around often to see if you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My family enjoyed the beach more than I did. We were unfortunately there during June gloom, so the weather was a little chilly and we were experiencing a light mist of rain throughout the morning. We were visiting on a weekend, so we arrived early (9 AM ish) and there was plenty of parking. The cost of the parking was... More 

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Matador is a beautiful beach. Really cool rock formations make for terrific photographic opportunities. Be careful with the kids I've stumbled upon a nudist shoot before!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Skinny- Parking: small dirt lot, more parking on the highway Fee: $8 Sand: soft Water: pretty clear this far north Shade: not much, bring your own Bathrooms: porto potties Food: none for sale This is a small but delightful beach located 23 miles North of Santa Monica. The parking lot is at the top of the bluff and there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I visited the beach with my camera after seeing some of the amazing pictures of it online. If you want to photograph the beach and rocks I would recommend arriving before 10 AM when most people show up. It is a nice private place and offers incredible views. Getting to the beach requires A bit of hiking and dissent down... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

WARNING. Good chance your car will be broken into. While you enjoy yourself at the bottom of the bluff they are taking your stuff up at the top where you park. Locking your car does no good. Great beach but do not have any valuables in car

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

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Malibu
The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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