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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 beach. We arrived close to sunset and thoroughly enjoyed our walk and the view of the ocean and rocks. There were other people but not a huge crowd, which was nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this beach. We arrived close to sunset and thoroughly enjoyed our walk and the view of the ocean and rocks. There were other people but not a huge crowd, which was nice. There is a $3 fee and parking can be a little tricky. I think we were fortunate to not have to wait too long.

Thank Lebasi10
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was looking for a beach that is off the beaten path, with lots of sand area to sprawl out and that's pristine with swimming potential. Well this is the one folks! Though small this is one of my favorite beaches in Malibu area. I go during the week and it is generally pretty busy so I can't imagine how... More 

Thank kristal48
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice, free parking... A little too over crowded for me, went during the week snd too many people taking wedding, maternity, bikini, engagement pictures... Had to wait to get cool pictures... But its a must if driving down the coast

Thank Imelda D
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool place to spend some time but not an all day thing. We stopped by driving the coast from LAX so it was a cool stopping point to chk out the views, the ocean, rocks and caves. Great pics opps

Thank Nolaboy70
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Crowded, not good for kids due to rocks and beach was more trashed than I would have believed. Parking is a total nightmare. We ended up on PCH and the traffic speeding by while trying to talk to the beach entry is very dangerous. There are other beaches in Malibu that are a much better beach experience.

1 Thank EdubVenice
Pasadena, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I make it out to the beach I like it to be a simple process. This beach is located off a very fast moving highway, looking for the entrance can be difficult while zooming along PCH. There is a fee to park in the lot and free to park on the street. I never did like parking on the... More 

1 Thank PoeLa_25
Santa Monica, CA
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58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was over 15 years since I went there before last week and it sure was different. It still has probably the best panaramic view of Malibu (maybe even S, oCal)....BUT this is NOT a beach you go to to have a beach day. I am writing this because I saw so many people bringing umbrellas and volleyballs and large... More 

2 Thank hikingdude
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156 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach is a one time and done type of place...park on hwy 1 or get lucky finding a spot in the parking lot like we did ($10 for the day or $3 an hour). Hike down a few stairways and you arrive at a narrow beach area full of people with huge rock formations and cave like areas to... More 

4 Thank Sparky8188
Munich, Germany
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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach, in good shape with a nice set of stone formations. Parking is either in the parking lot or directly on the highway. Waves very pretty nice when we went.

Thank ua917
British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beach was gorgeous when we went mid-afternoon but I would suggest going at sunset for the best photo-ops. If you want to avoid pay parking, park on the side of the highway (watch out for cars when you cross though). There are steep wooden stairs down to the beach so might not be a good idea for older folks.

2 Thank beautindah

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