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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
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Ocean and stone beauty

This is a stunningly interesting beach. Though the beach area is small, there are plenty of places to place a towel and sit and view these amazing stones that pop out of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Nanuet, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a stunningly interesting beach. Though the beach area is small, there are plenty of places to place a towel and sit and view these amazing stones that pop out of the water. We visited during the week and it was pretty empty which added to the beauty of the place. Great for photo ops too!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Graffiti on cliffs, steep staircases not for young children, and flies everywhere. How this stretch was rated so highly is beyond comprehension to me! Zuma down the road is more palatable!

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Malibu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

El Matador is one of Malibu's most visually stunning settings, but the cliff is rather high, so beach must be reached by a steep set of stairs. (Word has it the county has a plan in the works for an easier footpath route.) Once you reach the sand, you'll find hidden coves, tiny caves, and all sorts of tide pool... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

While on my trip to California between Aug 13-Aug 14, I had the pleasure of visiting El Matador State Beach, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica. I googled top beaches of Southern California and El Matador State Beach was ranked as the top 10 beaches, so i had to check it out myself. The beach was exactly how the pictures show... More 

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Warrington, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Not all beaches are the same, and El Matador beach is famous in its own rights, having seen its share of photoshoots and celebrities. Sports Illustrated shoots there as well as many others. It's absolutely worth the time to go there, but use caution with the stairs! My daughter was prepared and shot her senior pictures there!

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Pottstown, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful beach. Not mobbed but not secluded either. Lots of areas to explore, but the actual beach is prey near row at high tide. Parking lot is small, but we parked along the highway without problems. Traffic is moving quickly on the four lane highway so if I had small kids I would try to park so as not to... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This beach is really beautiful. I didn't even know it was there. You have to go up and down a lot of stairs. I just tlooked from the top. It is worth seeing. Next time, I'm going to do the stairs.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful beach, great waves, beautiful scenery, cool water --> Perfect recipe for a hot summer day! The beach is in Malibu so it was crowded and it took time to get there, mostly because of traffic jam. However, it worth the time. There is a small parking lot after you turn into the state beach but it is always full.... More 

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Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. No wonder so many photoshoots are being held here. It's a little bit colder when you go when the sun is setting but the view won't be disappointing.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This beach is breathtakingly beautiful! Per Trip Advisor, I visited this beach in July and highly recommend...with a few disclaimers. First, parking is a bit tough and you must pay for it. I lucked into a spot, but parking is tight. The climb down to the beach is tremendously steep and a bit treacherous. There are many steps as well.... More 

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