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El Matador State Beach

32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
+1 818-880-0363
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US$ 595.00*
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Romantic Escape: Pacific Private Tour
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  • Average4%
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“rock formations” (67 reviews)
“photo shoots” (24 reviews)
“steep stairs” (12 reviews)
32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
+1 818-880-0363
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We go to many state beaches in Malibu and this is one of our favorite. Every time we go here for amazing sunsets you never know what you may see. Everything from sea life to celebrities taking photo shoots to film crews shooting their next...More

2  Thank Yehbut
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was there in September driving from LA to Santa Barbara and read online this was a great beach to see. This was so picturesque and worth the trip to see. There is a bit of a walk down the hill but worth it.

1  Thank Janice D
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I traveled to the Malibu area in Summer 2017 in search of beautiful beach areas. El Matador was one of the popular ones I found online. On the weekend, parking was tough here. We ended up parking in a nearby neighborhood with...More

1  Thank Mitch M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice state park with a small parking area decent trail and steps down. Remember you have to climb up. The inquest rock formations and fantastic views of sunset. It is worth the drive north of Malibu to see.

Thank Biztravr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can pay to park here, or find free parking along Highway 1 on both sides of the highway. If you choose to do the latter, make sure you park where it is legal - it is very clearly marked - and watch out for...More

Thank theimmc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth the visit! Pay a little to park and enjoy the steep descent to the waters edge where land meets water in random outcroppings scattered along the shores edge. Great for families and romantic for couples. Don’t advise for elderly due to steep descent...More

2  Thank Charlesmdawe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a small beach in Malibu. Right before Leo Carrillo beach. Very small parking lot for which you have to pay for the whole day. But if it is full, people park on the street on pch. If the tide is high, there is no...More

Thank Poli-ca5
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beach.. Just a perfect place to watch a magical Californian sunset and to feel the ocean breeze. Also, especially for girls, great place to make a photoshoot , the beach is surrounded by the big rocks and cliffs, so take your favorite beach dress...More

Thank Марина С
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Coming from the east coast el matador was absolutely breathtaking. It was a warm foggy day and descending down the rockiest stairs and hill to the beach was quite the (short) adventure. The beach was overcrowded but the view was like something out of the...More

Thank brweber
Reviewed 2 December 2017

This is my favorite beach because of how secluded and picturesque it is. You have to hike down quite a bit to get to it and I love that part. Also leaving the beach is pretty much uphill so if you have mobility issues this...More

Thank Glamris
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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20 December 2017|
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Response from Yury S | Reviewed this property |
There is toll parking just near one. Just turn right on beach sign and drive a bit down you ll see one.
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.