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El Matador State Beach

Beach · Western Malibu
32215 Pacific Coast Hwy (at El Matador Beach Rd.), Malibu, CA 90265, United States
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Open until 9:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM
9.4/10

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  • Ranked #2 for beaches in Malibu
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    Jodie R.
    "Beautiful beach!"(2 Tips)
    Natalie E.
    "where the waves crash"(2 Tips)
    Giovani F.
    "You can't miss the sunset at El Matador!"(8 Tips)
    Meghan L.
    "short hike"(3 Tips)
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  • Zac M.

    Beautiful scenery. This is a much better place to visit than Zuma Beach.

    Zac McCormick · 2 weeks ago
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  • AGVSM

    This is a very fun beach to explore and visit. It is pretty rocky so beware of stepping down. And there is a lot of sea life all over the rocks.

    AGVSM · December 18, 2015
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  • George K.

    View is gorgeous :)

    George Kafka · November 17, 2015
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  • Paula C.

    One of the most beautiful places I have been in life.

    Paula Castro · October 28, 2015
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  • Suany B.

    I'm still in love for this beach. Sometimes on weekends in the summer the beach is full.

    Suany Balhego · September 14, 2015
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  • Meghan L.

    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.

    Meghan Lapides · September 7, 2015
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  • Purnima T.

    Amazing! So beautiful. Truly a heaven.

    Purnima Trifonova · August 31, 2015
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  • Nick S.

    Small secluded beach w cool rock formations.

    Nick Stanzione · July 20, 2015
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  • John K.

    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.

    John K · June 10, 2015
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  • Eve P.

    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.

    Eve Paradox · June 6, 2015
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  • Natalie E.

    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.

    Natalie E. · February 22, 2015
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  • Aaron D.

    Best sunsets

    Aaron Davis · December 27, 2014
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  • SavoredSpoon

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Make sure to capture the sunset

    SavoredSpoon · November 29, 2014
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  • LA Weekly

    Named Best Beach in our 2014 Best of L.A. Readers' Choice! Read more

    LA Weekly · October 3, 2014
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  • Léna Le Rolland

    Breathtaking beach...

    Léna Le Rolland · September 26, 2014
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  • Selena S.

    One of LA's best kept secrets :)

    Selena Scola · September 25, 2014
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  • Léna Le Rolland

    Incredible beach !

    Léna Le Rolland · September 12, 2014
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  • Men's Health Mag

    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

    Men's Health Mag · August 3, 2014
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  • 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

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
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  • Joseph K.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32676-d272295-Reviews-El_Matador_Beach-Malibu_California.html

    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
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  • Joseph K.

    http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/beaches/articles/el-matador-california

    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
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  • Joseph K.

    http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=145

    Joseph K · May 27, 2014
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  • Joseph K.

    http://m.yelp.com/biz/el-matador-state-beach-malibu

    Joseph K · May 17, 2014
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  • Joseph K.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=633

    Joseph K · May 17, 2014
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  • Luis R.

    Great for photo shorting

    Luis Romero · April 11, 2014
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  • Essa S.

    Make sure you get your camera!

    Essa Sharaf · March 9, 2014
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  • Nancy H.

    8 bucks all day parking

    Nancy Hu · February 21, 2014
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  • Alex L.

    Crashing waves. Cool sand. Afternoon sun casting sidelong rays.

    Alex Lin · December 22, 2013
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  • Web C.

    Love this beach :)

    Web Clubbing · November 28, 2013
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  • Matthew P.

    Just up the way from Zuma, but if you can find parking it's beautiful views and not as crowded

    Matthew Pantoja · August 29, 2013
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  • Trisha M.

    Great beach ! Scary steps!

    Trisha Mullally-Yonko · August 18, 2013
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  • Lauren D.

    Look out for porpoises!

    Lauren DeGeorge · June 11, 2013
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  • Giovani F.

    You can't miss the sunset at El Matador!

    Giovani Firmo · March 10, 2013
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  • Bollare

    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.

    Bollare · November 28, 2012
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  • Jodie R.

    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.

    Jodie R · September 19, 2012
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  • LogoTV

    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

    LogoTV · July 9, 2012
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  • Lauren K.

    Park on the street to avoid the $8 lot fee!

    Lauren K · June 24, 2012
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  • Jay K.

    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.

    Jay Krymis · June 23, 2012
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  • 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.

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  • Bollare

    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 · September 30, 2011
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  • Scott S.

    Website indicates they are dog friendly. They are NOT. Leo Carillo is, 3 miles north...

    Scott Smith · July 24, 2010
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  • Vinnii R.

    Best beach ever!!! ❤️ very quite :)

    Vinnii Ray · October 1, 2015
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  • Andrey P.

    Отстой!!!!!

    Andrey Polukhin · July 10, 2015
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  • Edward F.

    На пример: найти столик у окна

    Edward Fedorov · August 6, 2013
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