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El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
+1 818-880-0363
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32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
+1 818-880-0363
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: usually not crowded, great views, away from the public beaches. Cons: decent drive into Malibu, very short walk from one side to the other, and if there are crowds, it feels more crowded. Worth a quick trip though!

Thank Laur12345
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not easy to find and difficult to park car. Step down of hill and you ar einfront of Ocean. Narrow beach strip and relatively short one plenty of people who dressed in shirt and jeans for unknown reason and not so many swimming or surfing....More

Thank Yury S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been visiting every beach we can see in the last year since moving to Southern California, and while they are all nice, many look similar. This beach is a rare exception. There are amazing rock formations and caves to see, the waves are...More

1  Thank rfpanhorst
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful day at the beach . Water is cold, waves are not to crazy. Nice road , beautiful views. Not so easy access, steep hill. Chemical bathrooms. Free parking if u park on the highway.

Thank LorenaMontreal
Reviewed 15 September 2017

My husband and I LOVED this beach! We stopped here on our way down PCH. It was really fun to look at the rock formations and explore them. We were here on a Thursday mid-morning, and it wasn't crowded at all. (but when we drove...More

1  Thank URspider03
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is a lovely beach but it's always packed which takes the enjoyment away. Nice place to see the sunset.

2  Thank Nas S
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Caves, stone arches, tide pools and lots of seafaring little creatures in the sand! A great place to wander with children, to take incredible photographs or to just sit and BE.

Thank Zumablu
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We visited on a weekday and it wasn't too crowded. Mostly young couples or groups of friends. Not the best beach for kids because the waves are large. There are also rock formations in the surf so you have to be mindful of the tide...More

1  Thank Kira N
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

It is a Beautiful beach in Malibu. The amazing rock formations, the tide pools, uncrowded, clean, the flowers and greenery, the people watching, the waves everything makes this beach a must visit.

Thank Sachin_Zarekar
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Great beach, great nature, not too crowded wham arriving early; fantastic views. Attention - you have to pay for the parking (limited in time) and there is little space available. Rocks, d'un, ses ans ICE cold water!!!

Thank Henny H
The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some
areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush,
green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped
shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern
Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football
field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on
towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still
feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted
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Marz J
7 May 2017|
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Response from 23tn | Reviewed this property |
We arrived just before lunch on a Thursday. We took lots of pictures on the beach. It was beautiful. We were there in February so not a lot of people and no problem parking in the lot. They were "shooting" a commercial... More
28 April 2017|
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Response from alamodephoto | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are definitely porta a potties located in the parking area. The walk is pretty difficult to get down to the water so make sure to wear good walking shoes.
15 March 2017|
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Response from Jason C | Reviewed this property |
You would defiantly be on the road with cars (the PCH), but what a wonderful bike it would be as there's a few coves / beaches and cafes down the coast. Avoid rush hours and you would be quite safe...