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“Quiet Retreat”

El Matador State Beach
Ranked #3 of 52 things to do in Malibu
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St. Catharines, Ontario
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90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Quiet Retreat”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

It was peaceful and secluded. You can find a quiet spot away from others. Absolutely beautiful and kids love exploring the caves.

Two things to know:
Portable toilets only
It is a hike and there are stairs
Fee for parking

Visited July 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Awesome for pics and ok for beach don't go on weekend.”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Awesome for pics beach is a little small. but the scenic view is so awesome great for pics. BE AWARE OF THE TRAFFIC ON WEEKENDS!!!! NIGHTMARE we went on a Saturday on our last day in Anaheim gps stated 52 miles we were like yes perfect for our last day to get pics. Don't suggest you do this on weekend took us 3 hours in traffic to get there and about 2 hours to get back. Nice for the pics but don't know if its worth the headache on the weekend. Go during the week early or after rush hour. or you might be in traffic forever. last day of our trip and 5 hours in traffic nice but laguna beach was just as nice and not as much headache to get there. Be aware step stairs to get down small children need to be held and handicap could not access this area. Be sure you pay for the parking and display on dash saw a guy giving tons of citations out to people that did not pay.

Visited July 2013
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Malibu, California
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56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are looking for a picturesque beach in Malibu, look no further. You might think you are in Big Sur once you make the sojourn down the steps. From the highway or even the parking lot you cannot see the beauty that lies below. Be aware, however - no lifeguard, no facilities, no easy access for seniors or strollers, etc. And definitely not a surfing beach.

Visited December 2012
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Omagh, United Kingdom
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“Not so secret anymore”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

This is an amazing beach! There are quite a few flights of stairs to get up and down but is well worth it! Beautiful scenic views and generally a quieter beach then other bigger beaches. There are caves and sandy cliffs which are perfect for holiday photographs. Love this place!!

Visited July 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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“Great beach for pics and play.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

El Matador Beach is rather small, and has rather small parking. However, it is worth going doing the week when the crowds are smaller and parking is possible. The path down needs some care if you are in flip flops. Fashion photogs can be a bit of an annoyance, but just ignore them and do your own thing.

The north side of the beach has a few caves and some good sea life as the waves break through the rocks. It is very close to both Ventura / Oxnard and for Malibu / Topanga visitors. We were staying by Malibu pier and had great beaches by the lagoon, but this was still a fun trip and gave us some fantastic pics. Go earlier in the day or during the week. Looks like it could be a bit packed on the weekends with the LA crowd.

Visited July 2013
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