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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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So beautiful and pleasant

This is one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches around LA. The scenery is gorgeous and it is quite clean. The beach is small but it is not crowded and the sound of waves drown... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Pureum K
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches around LA. The scenery is gorgeous and it is quite clean. The beach is small but it is not crowded and the sound of waves drown all the noise so it is a great place just to go and relax. Excellent for couples but good for friends as well.Just know... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This beach was amazing! Beautiful rock formations, on site parking (for a small fee) or park on the road and walk down. Very quiet and if you're lucky you'll see whales and dolphins! Only negative is the outhouses smell so bad.

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Cumming, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a nice beach north of LA where we could walk/hike & take in the scenery. We are not from the area & based on the trip advisor reviews, we chose El Matador. While the water splashing against the rocks are pretty, the beach itself was crowded & not big at all. We walked... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

LA has various beaches and this one is spectacular and adventurous. A good scenic spot for beautiful pictures. Do not miss to take the camera with you. Kids will definitely love the place as they can play hide and seek in the cliffs

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Locust Grove
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

If you only have 1 hour to spend in Malibu go here! You pay for parking and walk down a crazy Hill and some stairs but it's remarkable. The caves, the boulders, the birds... So amazing. It's hard to describe the beauty. Make time to visit.

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

My mother and I stopped here because I had seen some pictures of the beautiful rock formations. This beach was prettier than the pictures. We went around sunset. It was a warm day and we were able to get many beautiful pictures of the rock formations. Well worth the visit if you like cool places. Parking fee was $8 at... More 

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ST PETE'S BEACH
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful beach to just sit and enjoy the ocean and rocks. Went on a cool day and still Very highly recommended.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Near Primative small CA State provided parking lot well above beach on dirt drive from PCH. Pay parking machine crude, unruly and tortuous to operate (8). So get there early and have a CA State park pass on your dash. Beyond that, the long well-worn staircase takes you to the most dramatic of beaches. Off-shore kelp beds. Big surf rolls... More 

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203 reviews 203 reviews
93 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a beautiful beach in itself. It has great rock formations coming off of the cliffs going into the water. In the rock formations, there are little tunnels that the waves crash into and through. This is a really awesome beach.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I used a program to determine where a nice spot near Malibu for a sunset photo would be and El Matador fit the bill. A beach with a cliff to walk down and rocks in the water. Funny, the girlfriend found that place as well through reviews. Well, it was crowded with photographers and models or engagement photo shoots. However,... More 

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