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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
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The most beautiful beach in Los Angeles

Just the most beautiful beach in Los Angeles. Just look at the pictures and you will see! This is where I shoot most of my couples and family photography sessions when I am not in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just the most beautiful beach in Los Angeles. Just look at the pictures and you will see! This is where I shoot most of my couples and family photography sessions when I am not in Santa Monica!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive from LA. The scenery and beaches around this area are stunning and very picturesque.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I recently drove PCH on our honeymoon and this was our favorite beach along the way. Stunning views. Beautiful rocks/cliffs. We went during the week so it wasn't crowded at all!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

We went to El Matador for sunset in mid January and I could not have been more pleased. The views are unbelievable. The rock formations make for great shadows and the colors of the sunset were wonderful. We saw two couples shooting engagement photos...one proposal...and a couple of just straight up fashion shoots. Somehow, even with all of these people... More 

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Please don't even think of trying to park on the landside of PCH (opposite the beach). The H in PCH stands for Highway, cars regularly do 10+ MPH over the posted 55MPH speed limit, and oncoming drivers can't always see you trying to run across the street. That's why so many people have died at precisely this spot. Thank you... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

If you need a place to walk, sit and watch the tides roll in, El Matador is a great place. The park offers paid parking, and you can always park on the PCH for free. There are lots of rock formations, and if you're into people watching, there's always a photo shoot going on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Lived next door to this beach for 10 years on encinal bluffs. Best part of the beach is to the right down in front of encinal bluffs. Walk in to caverns and caves and come out the otherside on semi private encinal bluffs beaches.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

located off pacific coast hwy, parking easy for walk down to the beach. great photo ops with the rock formations. great walk down the beach to the other parks as well... recommend several hours

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

My wife, our baby, and I stopped here for about an hour to watch the sunset. Having to pay to park at a public was a little annoying for a person from the Midwest but probably helps keep out the riff raff. The beach was clean and the large rock formations make for good photos. Great place for sunset photography.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Went in the dead of winter and were the only two people which was awesome. So quiet and peaceful. There are a lot of stairs but If you love the movie the notebook you have to come here nonetheless.

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