El Matador State Beach

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32215 Pacific Coast Hwy (at El Matador Beach Rd.)
Malibu, CA 90265
Mon–Sun: 8:00 AM–9:00 PM

Foursquare Tips

  • 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.
  • Bypass Zuma Beach for this serene stretch tucked behind the cliffs. Its a hike to the water but breathtaking rock formations and lack of people are worth it. Bring a jacket and $8 to park. Rachael
  • You can't miss the sunset at El Matador!
  • Love this beach :)
  • Named Best Beach in our 2014 Best of L.A. Readers' Choice!
  • Breathtaking beach...
  • Doing plyometrics on a soft surface like El Matador Beach strengthens the bodys stabilizing muscles and improves reaction time. This translates to gains when you run and jump on a firmer surface.
  • Great for photo shorting
  • 8 bucks all day parking
  • Just up the way from Zuma, but if you can find parking it's beautiful views and not as crowded
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Park on the street to avoid the $8 lot fee!
  • Es una buena playa pero ten en cuenta que es muy familiar. El recorrido en coche para llegar vale la pena.
  • 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.
  • Great scenery!
  • Sea stacks, hidden coves and, since theres just a rocky path down to the shore, not a lot of crowds. Three words: Sunset Champagne toast.
  • 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.
  • Rocks and grottoes make it an interesting, photogenic beach. Nice for a romantic stroll and pic snapping.
  • 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.