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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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El Matador Beach is tucked down below a dirt parking lot. It is a little challenging to get down to the beach. I would check to see when low tide is to be able to see the most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Malibu, California

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I spend a lot of time in Malibu. As a local to Los Angeles, I can say I've seen multiple people declared dead on the side of the road here. Very dangerous spot to park, and it tends to get extremely crowded. Better places both up and down the coast that are much less frequented.

Thank Spencer A
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Matador used to be a quiet, tiny beach with some pretty caves. Not anymore. It's super crowded even on a weekday. Loud families, gangster types (there's graffiti everywhere), trash everywhere. Someone was killed there a couple of weeks ago. The access route is long and dangerous, with rickety stairs and a narrow, eroded dirt path. That part never really... More 

Thank Annemarie P
Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

El Matador Beach is tucked down below a dirt parking lot. It is a little challenging to get down to the beach. I would check to see when low tide is to be able to see the most beach area. It's very nice to see tide pools during low tides.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Considering the name Malibu, we had to take a trip out to see the area and experience it for ourselves. I must say that I found this beach to offer beautiful scenery and views of the area. Great place to spend the day.

Thank TrevorBurchell
Gilbert, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a nice beach to visit. Not too crowded, which is probably governed by the amount of parking spots (paid). There is a trail and steep steps to get you down to the beach. Some spots we tight and do not allow for two way people traffic. There is enough sand and some large rock formations that have been... More 

2 Thank MLH-AZ
Wooster, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before heading here, you should know this beach is hard to get to. You have to climb down several flights of stairs and a somewhat precarious stretch of trail on the side of a cliff to get to the water. There are picturesque vistas on the way down, but I would opt for blankets and a thermal bag over beach... More 

1 Thank LeeAnn385
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Matador State Beach was most definitely worth a stop. You do have pay to park. I may not remember the exact amounts, but I believe it was $3 for the first hour and $10 for the day. Either way, definitely worth the price to spend a little time here. We found the beach very beautiful and unique with its... More 

1 Thank Dani M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place. But make sure you reach early. They may tape the gate before 30-1hr before the closing time.

Thank Sakkarapani B
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic picture spot - tide pools - not good for boogie boarding, if that's your interest. Parking in the lot is about $8 for the day. Free parking along PCH, but then you have to run across the street so be very careful.

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Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great beach for photos. In fact, the two times I've been there, I've seen multiple professional photo shoots happening (with models). There are beautiful rock formations, a nice stretch of open beach, and amazing ocean views. The beach can get crowded on weekends. There is a small parking lot with a kiosk for printing parking passes. I... More 

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