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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
Phone Number: 8188800363

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Loved this edgy jagged sandy beach!

This beach has character! Loved the fact that it had large boulders along the beach. Beautiful! Great stop for an afternoon snack!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Debbie H
Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach has character! Loved the fact that it had large boulders along the beach. Beautiful! Great stop for an afternoon snack!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great rocks on the beach making this a fun stop views wee fantastic and the beach uncrowded. They were filming a tv show but no issues

Thank Charles V
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On a recent trip to the Los Angeles area my girls and I decided to explore Malibu. We normally don't stray far from our favorite beach area in Newport but we were staying near Santa Monica and Malibu seemed like it would be fun to explore. We were happy with out choice. We had a tip from our Airbnb host... More 

Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is incredible in beauty. It's not very big and parking is an issue, had to park on the PCH. But the rock formations along the beach are outstanding. It's worth a visit

Thank Singon S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Someone from work recommended I visit here versus the "normal" hot spots. The views are breathtaking to say the least. It was very quiet, bit of a walk down to the beach but certainly worth the effort.

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Saint Charles, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little beach not too crowded. We just took a break from driving to get our feet wet. it was fun.

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Milford, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An incredible beach with an amazing overview of the area. There is a very steep, very lengthy stairway from the overlook to the beach and I would NOT recommend this for anyone who will be overworked by exercise. You can still get a glimpse of some of the sea caves from up above. Be sure to check the local tides... More 

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Bujumbura, Burundi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got there early on a Monday and had the place to ourselves. It was lovely. I don't think we would have enjoyed it so much if we had had to share it though, as it is quite small. We brought breakfast to eat on the beach. Put the leftovers away and wandered down the beach a bit. Came back to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not known by many tourists- we loved this gem of a beach. So tranquil and such awesome views. Just a quick short hike.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love El Matador for a couple reasons. First, it's a bit further north in Malibu so it's never as busy as the beaches further south. Second, it's a bit more secluded and feels like it's for people more in the know! Finally, it gives an excuse for a nice drive down the PCH to get there. I don't usually... More 

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