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El Matador Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
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Ranked #2 of 29 attractions in Malibu
Type: Beaches
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Basel, Switzerland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a great beach, not really good for swimming though, because of the undercurrents. But it was so peaceful here after a disapponting Zuma Beach experience. Just a few people, pelicans in the air, rocks, tunnels, caves. Bring your own food and water and please leave this beach as unspoilt as you have found it when you got there.

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Redmond, WA
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Sand was excellent and the scenery was fabulous. Found it very hard to leave. Wind off the water sometimes blew the sand onto us, but this was a minor inconvenience. We parked off to the side of the highway without any problem at all.

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Atlanta, Ga.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Living in Pt. Mugu for three years (25 years ago), I drove past El Matador Beach probably 20 times and never stopped. This time I stopped and enjoyed the beautiful scenery at EMB. Take a picnic basket, your camera and sun screen and spend the day. We saw a documentary being shot and a photo shoot as well on our... More

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stopped here whilst driving down Pacific Coast Highway 1 for about an hour and it is a lovely beach but nothing 'amazing'... I have been to plenty more amazing beaches around the world. It has some nice sand, some interesting rock formations and their are some nice vista's as you take the short, but steep, walk down to the beach... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a wonderful beach to hang out with my soul mate. We were really impressed by the rock structures throughout the beach area and the nice sand for sunbathing. Note that this is not a beach where one would want to swim or surf due to the reef and how the waves break too close to shore. Regardless, it's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beach is quiet, secluded and beautiful. Great place to take pictures and relax. Parking is $8 for all day or park on the hyway and walk an extra 50 yards. Either way, well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We parked on the highway and walked down the dirt path to the beach. It is secluded and absolutely beautiful. It got busier the longer we were there but was still pretty private considering the beach down the highway. Highly recommend this beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Beautiful beach. If you are able to you can park on road, then walking through car park (pay for) and down to beach. It is a steep walk, but it's well worth it. The views are stunning and there are huge sea birds than fly along in formation. If yon can, don't use the portaloos are top of steps, not... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Skip the hustle and bustle of Zuma and head straight to El Matador. Breathtaking scenery and location. Very romantic and secluded. You have walk down some stairs to the beach. Small, but beautiful and less crowded than most beaches along the coast. You can park for $7 then walk down the cliff side (dirt path and some stairs) to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Such a beautiful view and drive to this beach!!! Highly recommend it!!! Long drive from the freeway but it is worth it!!!

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