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El Matador State Beach

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Western Malibu, Malibu
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  • Ranked #2 for beaches in Malibu
  • Jodie R.
    "Beautiful beach!"(2 Tips)
    Natalie E.
    "where the waves crash"(2 Tips)
    The Ritz-Carlton
    "... of the coast's most breathtaking rock formations."(3 Tips)
    Zac M.
    "This is a much better place to visit than Zuma Beach."(3 Tips)
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  • Meghan L.
    Meghan LapidesSeptember 7, 2015
    This is the most beautiful beach I've been to in the U.S. Worth the short hike: 10 min down 20 up mostly stairs. No bathroom by the beach but there are portapottys in the parking lot. Be warned.
  • Michelle A.
    Beautiful place. It's quite a climb though so be Leopard. A lot of people come here so it gets crowded too. Portalets are on top so make sure you empty up before going down.
  • Natalie E.
    Natalie E.February 22, 2015
    This beach is one of the most romantic I've been to. Filled with grottoes and rocks that meet the ocean where the waves crash, and allow you to take in the breath-taking scenery.
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVJuly 9, 2012
    My wife and I would visit all the time before we got so busy. Quiet and not too busy. We got popped once for bringing our dogs onto the beach so be careful if you bring Fido- Jay, In the Big House
  • John K.
    John KhuuJune 10, 2015
    Make sure you go when there's a sunset. The way the sun set is breathtaking, the views are beautiful, and there will be many couples doing wedding photos. Bring a jacket, it does get chilly.
  • Jay K.
    Jay KrymisJune 23, 2012
    My wife and I would visit this beach all the time before we got so damn busy. Quite and not too populated. We got popped once for bringing our dogs onto the beach so be careful if you bring Fido.
  • Four Seasons Los Angeles C.
    Be sure to wear sturdy sandals when visiting this remote location as it requires a bit of foot work down a sandy steep path. The sea caves and rock formations, however are absolutely worth the trek.
  • Meredith
    MeredithApril 12
    A beautiful place to spend the day, but it's usually pretty busy. If you keep heading north, you can walk under some rock formations to less populated parts of the beach.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    One of LA’s most romantic beaches, this secluded pocket beach, located 10 miles northwest of Malibu, showcases some of the coast's most breathtaking rock formations.
  • Bollare
    BollareSeptember 30, 2011
    Bypass Zuma Beach for this serene stretch tucked behind the cliffs. It’s a hike to the water but breathtaking rock formations and lack of people are worth it. Bring a jacket and $8 to park. —Rachael
  • Bollare
    BollareNovember 28, 2012
    Bypass Zuma Beach for this serene stretch tucked behind the cliffs. It’s a hike to the water but breathtaking rock formations and lack of people are worth it. Bring a jacket and $8 to park.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Doing plyometrics on a soft surface like El Matador Beach strengthens the body’s stabilizing muscles and improves reaction time. This translates to gains when you run and jump on a firmer surface. Read more
  • Eve P.
    Eve ParadoxJune 6, 2015
    Not as busy as other socal beaches. Don't be shocked to see a sealion or two. They like the beach too and come on shore to sun.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    You walk down a precarious path on a craggy bluff to a patch of beach that's completely isolated—perfect for a private picnic. Read more
  • Jodie R.
    Jodie RSeptember 19, 2012
    Beautiful beach! Came here with the Rainbow Girls of San Fernando Valley (volunteer girls club for ages 8-20) to clean the beach through Heal the Bay.
  • Kelly
    Kelly1 week ago
    Rocks and grottoes make it an interesting, photogenic beach. Nice for a romantic stroll and pic snapping.
  • Zac M.
    Zac McCormickJanuary 24
    Beautiful scenery. This is a much better place to visit than Zuma Beach.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaAugust 29, 2013
    Just up the way from Zuma, but if you can find parking it's beautiful views and not as crowded
  • Nick S.
    Nick StanzioneJuly 20, 2015
    Small secluded beach w cool rock formations.
  • Suany B.
    Suany BalhegoSeptember 14, 2015
    I'm still in love for this beach. Sometimes on weekends in the summer the beach is full.
  • SavoredSpoon
    SavoredSpoonNovember 29, 2014
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Make sure to capture the sunset
  • Paula C.
    Paula CastroOctober 28, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places I have been in life.
  • Giovani F.
    Giovani FirmoMarch 10, 2013
    You can't miss the sunset at El Matador!
  • Purnima T.
    Purnima TrifonovaAugust 31, 2015
    Amazing! So beautiful. Truly a heaven.
  • Selena S.
    Selena ScolaSeptember 25, 2014
    One of LA's best kept secrets :)
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RandolphFebruary 24
    Crowded for sunset, but one of the most photogenic beaches in LA.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmithJuly 24, 2010
    Website indicates they are dog friendly. They are NOT. Leo Carillo is, 3 miles north...
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 3, 2014
    Named Best Beach in our 2014 Best of L.A. Readers' Choice! Read more
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KJune 24, 2012
    Park on the street to avoid the $8 lot fee!
  • Essa S.
    Essa SharafMarch 9, 2014
    Make sure you get your camera!
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMay 27, 2014
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32676-d272295-Reviews-El_Matador_Beach-Malibu_California.html
  • Web C.
    Web ClubbingNovember 28, 2013
    Love this beach :)
  • Alex L.
    Alex LinDecember 22, 2013
    Crashing waves. Cool sand. Afternoon sun casting sidelong rays.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMay 27, 2014
    http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/beaches/articles/el-matador-california
  • George K.
    George KafkaNovember 17, 2015
    View is gorgeous :)
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HuFebruary 21, 2014
    8 bucks all day parking
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMay 17, 2014
    http://m.yelp.com/biz/el-matador-state-beach-malibu
  • Luis R.
    Luis RomeroApril 11, 2014
    Great for photo shorting
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandSeptember 26, 2014
    Breathtaking beach...
  • Trisha M.
    Trisha Mullally-YonkoAugust 18, 2013
    Great beach ! Scary steps!
  • Léna Le Rolland
    Léna Le RollandSeptember 12, 2014
    Incredible beach !
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMay 27, 2014
    http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=145
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DavisDecember 27, 2014
    Best sunsets
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KMay 17, 2014
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=633
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DeGeorgeJune 11, 2013
    Look out for porpoises!
  • Edward F.
    Edward FedorovAugust 6, 2013
    На пример: найти столик у окна
  • Vinnii R.
    Vinnii RayOctober 1, 2015
    Best beach ever!!! ❤️ very quite :)
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