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El Matador Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
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Ranked #4 of 29 Attractions in Malibu
Type: Beaches
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We parked on the side of the road rather than pay the carparks fee. There is a steep descent and plenty of steps to reach the beach here. We arrived at high tide and there was very little sand to sit on. We'd recommend Zuma beach if you like sand and sea :-)

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Its very beautiful and not so crowded...you can easily spend hours.. the views are awesome....parking can be tough with limited spaces and charged around 8$

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Bountiful, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I LOVE this beach! It is quite small so it can get very crowded during mid day. We went from about 8:30 to 12 and it was perfect. I would probably avoid this during the peak afternoon hours of summer because it would be too crowded to really enjoy. There is quite a bit of rock formations to explore. A... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The view from the top of the cliff is unique ! It's different comparing to the large sandy beaches of LA. For those who enjoy hidden small beaches with cliffs this is the place to go !

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Madison, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Stopped off here for some last minutes pics before traveling home (10 mins at most!). The Park officer thought by just putting a sticky on my windshield with a warning that was enough to issue a ticket ($180 later)!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This beach is great! there isnt but maybe 3 feet of sand when the tide is in and comes almost all the way up to the cliff face. You have to walk down some pretty steep stairs to get down to the beach but its worth it when the tide is out you can walk under a rock arch and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A bit of a hike down (and back up) from the paid parking lot but a nice small secluded beach and an interesting not overly long drive up from Malibu. Good place to relax and read a book. We stayed for about an hour but decided to leave when the wind picked up and the sand started blowing around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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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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