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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
Phone Number: 8188800363
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Steep gravel path mixed with stairway, but worth the trip for incredible views. Great spot for watching sunset or taking photos. Saw several professional photo shoots during our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Steep gravel path mixed with stairway, but worth the trip for incredible views. Great spot for watching sunset or taking photos. Saw several professional photo shoots during our visit.

Thank Ncuff01
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing views and a photographer's dream. Make sure you know when low and high tide is. A must visit if you're in the area for sure and plan for sunset of possible!

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning beach. Lots of stairs. Lots of bikini photo sessions. The natural formation is very pretty but it does get very busy. There are areas you have to be careful because of the rocks but it is really a beautiful walk with stunning views. The ocean is clean but due to a high tide it was difficult to swim in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't have time to check out the other beaches that are part of Robert H. Meyer State Beach (La Piedra and El Pescador) for comparison, but this was definitely worth the stop. Parking is quite limited and if you have to park up on the road (no cost, but also limited) be aware of your safety, especially if you... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely not a hidden gem, as it was packed when we visited on a sunny day in November. Great beach though, with arches, caves breaking waves. Lots of little spots for a semi-private picnic or sunbathing.

Thank EmGlasbey
Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice beach for a walk and to admire rock formations, but there really isn't anything else here, like cafes.

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely beach with some fun rock formations. It's a bit of a hike down (and back up!) but those in good shape should be fine. Go at low tide; you'll get more beach to explore.

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Jackson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was amazing and so unique. I have never seen the west coast or Pacific Ocean before so this was honestly just incredible. Anyone interested in photography, this is a wonderful location. The parking is $8 for the day. For anyone who may not be the best in shape-- The small hiking trail is steep with no hand rails... More 

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Matador is a very neat place. The rocks and formations make this area different than other places along the coast. It was fun to climb and navigate on the rocks as the water is crashing nearby.

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was studying in Pepperdine 13 years ago, but I've never been to this beach once, even though it's only 15 miles away from the campus. I was looking for something to do in LA on this hot late October weekend, and accidentally spot this beach on Trip Advisor. How could I have missed it after living in Southern CA... More 

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