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El Matador Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

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An oasis of natural beauty not far from the big city

This beach was just what the doctor ordered after 3 days in Disneyland. The family loved it - natural, quiet, tide pools, rock formations, etc. The antithesis of Santa Monica... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Kelowna, Canada
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Kelowna, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This beach was just what the doctor ordered after 3 days in Disneyland. The family loved it - natural, quiet, tide pools, rock formations, etc. The antithesis of Santa Monica beach!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Some of the most beautiful sights at El Matador were quite hard to find as you had to almost hike down the hills.. but once you reach the beach scenery, the views are astonishing. I'd definitely recommend taking a camera as all i had was my iPhone and i wish i took some better photos. Definitely put aside around an... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Great place to pull off Pacific Coast Highway and take a stroll. Very pretty. There were several areas available for day parking. Great place to stop and take pictures. The beach was not crowded at all, very nice place!

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Winchester, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's simple ... this beach is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and I've been to a lot of beaches. Just take a look at the pics! They speak for themselves.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There is a unique rock formation at this beach which makes a nice backdrop for photos. Best to go at low tide. We also saw a baby seal sunning on a rock. There is a fee to park in the lot.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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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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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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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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