El Matador State Beach

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El Matador State Beach
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Rachel548
Farmington Hills, MI425 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
It was pretty overcast when we visited, misting rain, and we didn't get to see any of the cool caves or peep holes in the rocks due to the weather and tides, but it was still a nice beach to visit. Like others said, a little walk and lots of stairs down from the parking lot, so be prepared. It was pretty deserted when we visited.
Written September 25, 2021
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Stuart S
Boston, MA354 contributions
Aug 2021
Well down below street level with some steep stairs and paths. Ocean carved rocks and caves with plenty of room to spread out.
Written August 21, 2021
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iattila
Bakersfield, CA53 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
It was part of a Malibu day trip and 1 of the 2 beaches we visited. It is very pretty and different than the idea of a traditional beach with the high rocks it has. To avoid any confusion there is plenty of sand and it is very nice. I will go back and recommend it.
Written June 9, 2021
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Amber
St. Louis59 contributions
May 2021
A beautiful beach! We came to walk on the beach and hear the ocean sounds and watch the waves come crashing in. Saw a couple of starfish and at least one crab. Enjoyed walking around and through the caves/tunnels.

The day was cool and overcast so I wished that we had dressed a little warmer - we arrived around 8:30am and stayed a couple of hours. It did warm up some and I enjoyed walking in the surf.

The beach was almost empty.

There are quite a few stairs/steep decline down from the parking lot - no problem for us but just want to make others aware just in case it would be for them.

There was a row of porta-potties in the parking lot - disgusting as usual but a welcome relief at the same time!

At one point as we walked far down the beach (not into the area that was posted as private but at the opposite end) there was a "security" person there that said that some filming was going to be happening and that we needed to move out of that area. No idea if this was legit or a common occurrence but we moved back the other way.

Arriving just after the beach opened we were able to get a parking spot right where we wanted to be.
Written June 5, 2021
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The Crystal
Westlake Village, CA101 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
I was born and raised in southern CA. This is one of my favorite beaches in the Los Angeles Area. I prefer coming at low tide so that I can walk from El Matador to Lechuza Beach. But any time is a great time to go.
Written March 28, 2021
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christineprogers
Philadelphia, PA42 contributions
Mar 2021
We visited El Matador beach for sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous. There were definitely other people there, but I wouldn't consider it "crowded." There is a parking lot that is cheap and easily accessible directly off of the 101. You will need to walk down a long set of steep stairs to access the beach, so I wouldn't consider this accessible for people in wheel chairs or those with trouble walking or climbing stairs.
Written March 21, 2021
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regis k
Arcadia, CA1,470 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Stunning view of the sunset at El Matador Beach. Be prepared to be amazed. This is one of the three Robert Meyer Memorial beaches. In the summer time this place is packed and it’s impossible to find parking. But you can find parking along the PCH, but prepare to walk a long way to reach the beach.

Parking is on a cliff, so to get to the beach, you have to walk a few hundreds steps to get down. Once you’re down on the beach, the scenery is stunning.

Beautiful sea stacks are on the beach and in the surf. This is a popular spot for pro photographers to shoot swimsuit models and stunning sunsets.

Definitely check out the north part of the beach to explore the caves and arches in the rocks. The largest cave faces the ocean at the bottom of a huge flat rock that is connected to the base of the bluff. It’s best to visit these natural features at low tide. Continuing your walk north leads to La Piedra State Beach. If you walk south you will pass in front of stunning homes on your way to Lechuza Beach.

It’s best to go around sunset time. The only thing is that there will be a lot of people there to take photographs of the sunset too. So be quick to scout out a spot and then take your picture quickly.

After the beach, you can have a relaxing dinner in one of the well known restaurants along coast in Malibu and enjoy the ocean view at night.
Written March 8, 2021
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bukagirl
New Jersey3,749 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
An interesting beach, great rock formations and plenty of photo ops.
Pay to park in the lot and it fills up, you can park on PCH.
Toilets by the parking lot.
A decent walk down to the beach.
Would recommend.
Written March 5, 2021
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TravelingMerm
Monrovia, CA2,373 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
This is a great beach to visit for taking pics and playing around the rock formations - they’re beautiful natural formations and you can get up close and even walk through and under!

The beach is lovely and has tons of cool rock formations and natural arches to play around. I was there right around low tide and there were lots of exposed rocks with mussels and anemones clinging to them! Not too many actual tide pools though. It’s pretty crowded - probably the most crowded beach I went to this day so I didn’t stay long. But it was still a good time!

The “hike” wasn’t what I’d really call a hike - more like one small incline, a short trail to and in between some stairs, and 2 sets of stairs for a total of about 80 stairs so not bad at all - the first set has 44 and the next 36 or something like that. They weren’t steep at all, but some were in a very bad state of disrepair so be careful.

Once you get to the bottom of the stairs, there a ledge of sand you have to kind of jump down - it’s a lot shorter of a jump the further to the left you go. Then you’re on the beach!

Parking is definitely an issue here. The lot was small and completely packed with cars continuing to pour in, driving around and around waiting for spots, only to end up driving out and parking on the street. The lot is a pay-to -park and there are little machines to the side but I’m not sure how much it is. I parked out on the street which seemed to have plenty (and is free!) and it’s an easy, paved walk to the trailhead - just be careful of the traffic on PCH.

They also had many port-a-potties that were in ok shape. There are some picnic tables right next to them which was kinda yuck imo - I definitely wouldn’t wanna eat right next to the potties. But there are a few more off to the right of the trailhead if you walk a little further past the parking lot.

Overall I’m glad I came to at least see the cool rock formations but I probably won’t be back - there are so many other beached around that are way less crowded and offer similar views, tide pools and the like.
Written January 3, 2021
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JLM
Simi Valley, CA2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Dangerous and dirty beach. El matador was beautiful 15-20 years ago but no longer. Parking is impossible and pedestrians are getting killed running across 4 lanes of 55+mph traffic. Massive crowds descending on a tiny littered beach with filthy port a potties. Avoid this beach. There are much better beaches to visit.
Written September 7, 2020
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