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“The best beach we visited in Malibu”

El Matador State Beach
Ranked #3 of 52 things to do in Malibu
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Georgia
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53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The best beach we visited in Malibu”
Reviewed 10 October 2011

This beach is very beautiful. You have walk down some stairs to the beach. It's wasn't crowded at all. All kinds of strange and beautiful rock formations. Birds everywhere including on the rocks. A small fee is required, but well worth it!

Visited October 2011
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“Best California Beach!”
Reviewed 8 February 2011

This was, by far, the highlight of our California trip. Malibu itself isn't as crammed with people as other parts of LA. Our friends took us to El Matador Beach; people, it was incredible. I've been to several California beaches, and El Matador blows all of them out of the water (no pun intended). To walk up the beach (in the northerly direction), you encounter all sorts of tide pools, beautiful (and clean) sand, and several water-carved caves. We'll let the pictures below speak for themselves.

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The only cons we can see is that you have to walk down several flights of wooden stairs to get from your car down to the beach - a foreseeable problem for handicapped people. Also, we ran into several movie shoots (apparently, they're always filming down there). The crew waves you through between takes. However, depending on your outlook, this might be a pro!

Visited January 2011
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calif
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Spectacular uncrowded Malibu Beach location.”
Reviewed 12 October 2010

This is a gem. Must be mobile with steps and path down to hidden beach site. There is a parking fee (self-honor pay). Secluded. Lots of photo shoots happening. Can be crowded late afternoons weekends.

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Vancouver, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“OMG!”
Reviewed 29 June 2008

Skip the hustle and bustle of Zuma and head straight to El Matador. Breathtaking scenery and location. Very romantic and secluded.

The only downside is the sea kelp and seaweed that gathers in the water and on the beach. Other than that, perfection!!

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