We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Matador Beach

Neighborhood:
Malibu
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 190 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 129
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Best beach in Malibu

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
gayathri n
,
Los Angeles, California
Add Photo Write a Review

190 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Locust Grove
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

My mother and I stopped here because I had seen some pictures of the beautiful rock formations. This beach was prettier than the pictures. We went around sunset. It was a warm day and we were able to get many beautiful pictures of the rock formations. Well worth the visit if you like cool places. Parking fee was $8 at... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
ST PETE'S BEACH
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful beach to just sit and enjoy the ocean and rocks. Went on a cool day and still Very highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Near Primative small CA State provided parking lot well above beach on dirt drive from PCH. Pay parking machine crude, unruly and tortuous to operate (8). So get there early and have a CA State park pass on your dash. Beyond that, the long well-worn staircase takes you to the most dramatic of beaches. Off-shore kelp beds. Big surf rolls... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
245 reviews 245 reviews
110 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a beautiful beach in itself. It has great rock formations coming off of the cliffs going into the water. In the rock formations, there are little tunnels that the waves crash into and through. This is a really awesome beach.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Las Vegas, Nevada
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I used a program to determine where a nice spot near Malibu for a sunset photo would be and El Matador fit the bill. A beach with a cliff to walk down and rocks in the water. Funny, the girlfriend found that place as well through reviews. Well, it was crowded with photographers and models or engagement photo shoots. However,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rochester, Mi
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
40 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is definitely a beautiful beach and well worth visiting, however you need to be aware of the trail and large amount of steps you have to take in order to reach it. We saw several sets of people walk towards the descent and then see how hard it was to get there (1 had a cane and another had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Vancouver, WA
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is my favorite beach in Malibu for exploring. Many stairs to get down to the beach but well worth it. Bring your camera.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

The view is so beautiful! I'd like to go back!! Loved it!!! Parking was 8$ I thought it was expensive but when I saw the beach I thought it was totally worth it!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Matador Beach also viewed

 

Been to El Matador Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Matador Beach and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from El Matador Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?

Staying in Malibu

Neighborhood Profile
Malibu
The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
Explore this neighborhood