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El Matador State Beach

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Address: 32215 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265-2529
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+1 818-880-0363

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Fantastic Sunset Views and People Watching

We went to El Matador for sunset in mid January and I could not have been more pleased. The views are unbelievable. The rock formations make for great shadows and the colors of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
Carlton H

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We went to El Matador for sunset in mid January and I could not have been more pleased. The views are unbelievable. The rock formations make for great shadows and the colors of the sunset were wonderful. We saw two couples shooting engagement photos...one proposal...and a couple of just straight up fashion shoots. Somehow, even with all of these people... More 

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Please don't even think of trying to park on the landside of PCH (opposite the beach). The H in PCH stands for Highway, cars regularly do 10+ MPH over the posted 55MPH speed limit, and oncoming drivers can't always see you trying to run across the street. That's why so many people have died at precisely this spot. Thank you... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you need a place to walk, sit and watch the tides roll in, El Matador is a great place. The park offers paid parking, and you can always park on the PCH for free. There are lots of rock formations, and if you're into people watching, there's always a photo shoot going on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Lived next door to this beach for 10 years on encinal bluffs. Best part of the beach is to the right down in front of encinal bluffs. Walk in to caverns and caves and come out the otherside on semi private encinal bluffs beaches.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

located off pacific coast hwy, parking easy for walk down to the beach. great photo ops with the rock formations. great walk down the beach to the other parks as well... recommend several hours

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

My wife, our baby, and I stopped here for about an hour to watch the sunset. Having to pay to park at a public was a little annoying for a person from the Midwest but probably helps keep out the riff raff. The beach was clean and the large rock formations make for good photos. Great place for sunset photography.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Went in the dead of winter and were the only two people which was awesome. So quiet and peaceful. There are a lot of stairs but If you love the movie the notebook you have to come here nonetheless.

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Lodz, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

very nice beach! So calm and so beautiful. I was there in December and it was about 20 degrees and almost no people

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is the place to be to catch that California sunset. Just a little warning: There are a fair amount of stairs to actually get down to the beach from the parking lot.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Never a big crowd. There is always a spot from which entire beach seems to be just yours, but try to come during the week and you likely will be the only person there.

Thank Alex F

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