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El Matador State Beach

Western Malibu, Malibu
  • Ranked #2 for beaches in Malibu
  • Has a stamp of approval from The Wall Street Journal and Men's Health Mag
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Men's Health Mag
  • Christine Y.
    "This is a beautiful beach!"(3 Tips)
    Eve P.
    "They like the beach too and come on shore to sun."(3 Tips)
    The Ritz-Carlton
    "... of the coast's most breathtaking rock formations."(3 Tips)
    Giovani F.
    "You can't miss the sunset at El Matador!"(13 Tips)
48 Tips and reviews
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  • beach
  • hiking
  • romantic
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  • Christine Y.
    Christine YooAugust 21, 2017
    This is a beautiful beach! Lots of scenic rock formations and the water is so blue and beautiful. There's 2 sets of stairs that lead you down to the shore from the top. It's not too terrible a hike.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ashwin K.
    Ashwin KumarDecember 7, 2016
    Beautiful sunsets. Great place for photo shoots, which makes it crowded during weekends with a lot of just-married couples. Amazing Rock formations. Must see while in LA or around.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowDecember 20, 2016
    Sea stacks, hidden coves and, since there’s just a rocky path down to the shore, not a lot of crowds. Three words: Sunset Champagne toast. Read more
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 25, 2016
    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
    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.
  • Meredith
    MeredithApril 12, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
    KellyAugust 22, 2016
    Rocks and grottoes make it an interesting, photogenic beach. Nice for a romantic stroll and pic snapping.
  • Zac M.
    Zac McCormickJanuary 24, 2016
    Beautiful scenery. This is a much better place to visit than Zuma Beach.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonNovember 8, 2017
    Gorgeous rocks and caves on a beautiful stretch of Malibu beach. Sunsets bring crowds and every wedding photographer in LA.
  • Nick S.
    Nick StanzioneJuly 20, 2015
    Small secluded beach w cool rock formations.
  • 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
  • SavoredSpoon
    SavoredSpoonNovember 29, 2014
    Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Make sure to capture the sunset
  • Suany B.
    Suany BalhegoSeptember 14, 2015
    I'm still in love for this beach. Sometimes on weekends in the summer the beach is full.
  • 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.
  • Paula C.
    Paula CastroOctober 28, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places I have been in life.
  • Elaheh N.
    Elaheh NikouNovember 28, 2017
    Did maternity photography there and the pictures turned out sooo good ❤️
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RandolphFebruary 24, 2016
    Crowded for sunset, but one of the most photogenic beaches in LA.
  • 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!
  • Web C.
    Web ClubbingNovember 28, 2013
    Love this beach :)
  • Alex L.
    Alex LinDecember 22, 2013
    Crashing waves. Cool sand. Afternoon sun casting sidelong rays.
  • Elena
    ElenaFebruary 11, 2017
    Great scenery!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmithJuly 24, 2010
    Website indicates they are dog friendly. They are NOT. Leo Carillo is, 3 miles north...
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HuFebruary 21, 2014
    8 bucks all day parking
  • George K.
    George KafkaNovember 17, 2015
    View is gorgeous :)
  • 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!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DavisDecember 27, 2014
    Best sunsets
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DeGeorgeJune 11, 2013
    Look out for porpoises!
  • Juliana S.
    Juliana SaaSeptember 7, 2017
    Es una buena playa pero ten en cuenta que es muy familiar. El recorrido en coche para llegar vale la pena.
  • Edward F.
    Edward FedorovAugust 6, 2013
    На пример: найти столик у окна
  • Vinnii R.
    Vinnii RayOctober 1, 2015
    Best beach ever!!! ❤️ very quite :)
  • Andrey P.
    Andrey PolukhinJuly 10, 2015
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