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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

love the different rock formations. narrow path and narrow staircase, but part of the adventure. only drawback is small parking lot, lot full because of holiday weekend. we got ticket for parking out on PCH - with a hundred other vehicles doing the same thing!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The views on top of the cliffs were amazing, but the beach was very small and extremely crowded. If you are looking for a relaxing quiet beach, I would recommend going somewhere else. It wasn't quite what I expected from all of the hype...

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Weston, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went during high tide and found a dirty, narrow, crowded strip of sand. The rocks, water, and cliffs were still beautiful, but I can see where it would be a totally different experience at low tide. Parking is limited; be prepared to parallel park on the highway. Definitely go to the bathroom before you get there. Overall, a fun... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Beach was a little dirty; but the views....... The port a potties were absolutely disgusting. A bit dangerous getting down to the beach but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Out of all the beaches in the area.. even to laguna to santa monica, Malibu was our favorite. el matador beach is where you gotta visit. Its peaceful scenic and clean. Beautiful for great photos! I favor this one <3

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Illinois
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121 reviews 121 reviews
55 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Loved this beach- very rocky and reminded me more of the Pacific Northwest beaches. It's secluded and small. Perfect for couples who want privacy and to simply relax. There are many photo ops here too!! We actually saw an episode of the Biggest Loser being filmed in this location the morning we were there. Highly recommend for a unique beach... More

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Burnsville, MN
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4 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Loved this secluded little gem of a beach. Be prepared to do a bit of hiking to get to it. There are lots of stairs and a couple of steep hills. Absolutely worth it, though!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well, I didn't see what all the hype was about. The beach is extremely narrow, full of driftwood and seaweed and people's lost shoes and clothing, etc. Parking lot is not large - you pay at the small kiosk located right next to the Port-a-Potties - and yes, it smells really bad. The walk from the parking lot is not... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a must do while in the LA area. Access to it is from the top of a cliff, so the amazing views of the ocean from this high vantage point make it well worth the trip. The beach itself is beautiful but small, with rock formations in back of it under which you can find shade to avoid... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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