We live in Malibu and go here occasionally with our kids. It is particularly beautiful here, and throughout Malibu, this time of year (November, December) as the frequent Santa Ana winds make for clear skies with views of the offshore islands and very little crowds. One very important tip for El Matador beach is that it should be done during a very low tide and nice weather. These low tides occur during full moon and new moon periods, and often reach their lowest around sunset during the winter (check tide charts online). This makes for a beautiful sunset walk through many caves (not approachable during high tides) and amazing tide pools. For us the only drawback is that photographers frequent the beach bringing equipment, reflectors, tripods, and usually scantily dressed girls draping themselves in kelp hoping to be the next seductive swimsuit model. This can detract from the natural beauty of the place, but this is usually centered near the bottom of the path down to the beach and it's a big beach with plenty of room for all. Hope this tip helps; enjoy.
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