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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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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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172 reviews 172 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Lichfield
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6 attraction reviews
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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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Wow. I don't have the words to describe this gorgeous place!! My husband and I found this place on Trip Advisor initially and decided to check it out for the first time when we were in town last week. Parking is $8 but so worth it to see this place. Very semi-private, secluded, not busy and crowded beach. We walked... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There is a steep walk to the bottom If able I highly recommend doing it, if not there are wonderful views just looking out dont let that stop you from visiting this place. The only not so great thing was the parking very small lot. I saw they did offer street parking but when there is a tow truck also... More

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txyz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a really unique, secluded beach that looks like it came right off a travel brochure. Huge boulders, white sand, blue water right up to the beach. Perfect for strolling, there were only a few other users there when we visited. The parking lot is quite small and required a significant fee. We were forced to park on the... More

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