El Matador State Beach
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 83%Budget Travelers
- 82%Family Travelers
- 65%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- El Matador State BeachFirst to ReviewOct 17, 2013
Malibu's Matador Beach is a short stretch of sand with beautiful rock formations. As a smaller beach, it's a nice alternative to Santa Monica's crowded strips - though every time I've been to Matador the parking lot has always been full. You can park on the street as well, then take the winding staircase down to the water. Very family-friendly and clean.
- El Matador State BeachJul 14, 2013
25 miles up the coast and a hike, this is the best kept secret in Santa Monica. This secluded beach is beautiful and worth the drive and effort to get there. You might find a few more explores there, but chances are you might be alone and will have found paradise for the afternoon.
- El Matador State BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jun 10, 2013
El Matador Beach is one of my favorite places to escape the city. It is a secluded beach north of Malibu off of PCH. The beach is at the foot of steep bluffs where beautiful rock formations jut out of the sand, making a very picturesque scene. It say this is one of the most romantic places in the city.
To get to El Matador Beach you must drive North from LA on the Pacific Coast Highway about ten miles past Malibu. That’s past Pepperdine University and just a couple miles North of Zuma Beach. You’ll see a sign for the turnoff and you’ll find a parking lot atop the bluff.
Once you pay for parking ($8 for the whole day), you’ll start on your way down to the beach. Follow the path down the mountain.
My best advice for this beach is to bring everything you need to spend the day here. Pack a lunch, water, towels, sunscreen, a book, an ipod, and whatever else will help you relax the day away. And as a tip, the weekends tend to be busier than the week days (when you may find yourself the only one on the beach). And the earlier you get there, the fewer people you will find.
- El Matador State BeachMar 15, 2013
Definitely the perfect spot for a secluded romantic get-away. Although quite a small beach, the privacy that this beach offers is a great perk. El Matador State Beach also has its own small parking lot with a pay to park machine. Just off of the dirt trail leading down a flight of stairs to the sandy beach is a picnic area atop of the cliff. Here you could enjoy the sounds of the beach and the sea breeze without stepping onto the sand. The scenery of the beach itself is beautiful and calming, which makes it a great place for a private photo-shoot or a rest spot away from the city.