El Matador State Beach
El Matador State Beach
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Hidden under dramatic bluffs overhanging the Pacific, El Matador State Beach is a spectacular sight thanks to the big rock formations dotting its shore. Have a picnic on the hilltop or surf the crashing waves—the beach is accessible via a steep flight of stairs. You can also explore the caves tucked into the cliffs. If you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins playing in the water. You can also walk to Lechuza Beach or San Juan Leighton Beach from El Matador. There’s a parking fee at El Matador Beach, but it’s worth it as you’ll get access to basic facilities such as public restrooms. – Tripadvisor
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Roadrunner423
Cheshire, CT10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Breath taking beach. Spend a hour or a day on the beach in private coves, relaxing and listening to the sound of the roaring surf. Spend the day walking into and around spectacular caves carved by the surf. Or do both. This was a beautiful beach. Has porta-potties in the parking lot. Parking fee reasonable (10.00) Caution for some, there are many steps down from parking lot to the beach.
Written April 26, 2022
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC24,906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
El Matador is one of three beaches that make up the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach. It is the only section I visited and there were a few other people there. While the website states there is parking along PCH, I didn’t find any (lots of no parking signs on both sides of the road), so instead I paid to park in the beach lot. The parking lot is in need of a little work, so drive slow. I almost bottomed out my rental going over this one bump. This area of the coast is mainly cliff. I took the first set of stairs down to a lower level and walked down to the other set of stairs which leads to the beach. The water level was high and the beach had a lot of debris in it from the storm. I was mainly impressed with the rock formations and the plants growing along the cliff. It was a pretty place to visit and well worth a stop.
Written January 12, 2023
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misti
Los Angeles, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Must Do!!! The drive is worth it, the horrible parking is worth it and the view you will never forget!!! There are picnic tables at the top you can view the cliffs and people down below. There are steps down and areas that you can stop and breathe if you aren’t the most athletic. View from the bottom is amazing too. If you see a sunset it’s beautiful and then once the parking lot closes at sunset drive to the left and then right up the hill and find another lookout point where the sunset will take you’re breath away. See all my pics to see what I’m talking about.
Written August 29, 2022
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Yann B
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It used to be fairly quiet even on weekends and now it's turned into a selfie taking backdrop. You can't walk more than 10 feet without having some idiot bump into you because they're staring at themselves on their phone. You might even have to wait to go any further as full photo production crews take up giant portions of the beach. It's sad.
Written February 3, 2020
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JLM
Simi Valley, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rachel548
Farmington Hills, MI610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Christine R
Philadelphia, PA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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iattila
Bakersfield, CA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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dongruike
Ashburn, VA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Earlier this year, I traveled along the Great Ocean Road from outside of Melbourne to The Twelve Apostles in Victoria. While that place is unique and amazing, it reminded me a lot of the Pacific Coast Highway in California and the beautiful beaches there like Leo Carrillo and El Matador State Parks. Getting to El Matador Beach requires a descent down two long sets of stairs but it’s worth the trip. Once down there, you will see beautiful rock formations and scenery. The place is simply breathtaking and is my favorite picturesque beach in the Los Angeles area.
Written October 14, 2023
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bukagirl
New Jersey4,149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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