El Matador State Beach

El Matador State Beach


“One of my favorite things about being sober is waking up without a hangover on the weekends. I love getting up early, grabbing a coffee, and driving out to the beach with a book. Los Angeles has so many beautiful beaches, and El Matador—with picturesque caves and arches overlooking the ocean—is one of my favorites.”
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A small but beautiful state beach in Malibu dominated by rocky coves, El Matador is easily the most scenic stretch of coastline in the region. It’s only accessible via a steep gravelly path from a paid parking lot ($10), but the effort is worth it, whether it’s to watch the waves lap against the rocks or see the sunset. Just make sure to check the tide schedule. The beach here is pretty narrow and sand space is limited when high tide rolls in.
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Perched on the northern end of Malibu, El Matador State Beach is one of L.A.’s longest, with miles of dramatic coast and cliffs. After a long walk on the beach, head to nearby Neptune’s Net, a dive bar and seafood joint that has been serving devotees for years, with past famous patrons including Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra.
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This stunning beach with cliffs and sand is an example of why the California coastline is one of the most sought-after places to visit. Because it's so picturesque you might see photoshoots while there. Opt for paid parking; it'll make your trip hassle-free and enjoyable.
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Small and dominated by rocky outcrops, El Matador my not fit your typical idea of an afternoon on the sand—but it’s far and away SoCal’s most beautiful beach. Wear shoes and don’t bring too much gear; the western Malibu spot is only accessible via a steep gravelly path. Spread your towel in the cupped hands of the rocks—just watch out for high tide. Arriving early or staying late should reward you with a memorable dawn or sunset.
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This Malibu gem is a great place to explore ocean caves, pools and rock arches. During low tide, the pools fill with sea creatures and the rocks are covered in mussels, clams and barnacles. Park along PCH or in the small metered lot (it fills up fast, so arrive early). The stairs down to the beach are a bit steep, so it's a good idea to hold onto little hands. Covid-19 Update: This state-run beach is open. Visitors are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distance and wear a face covering.
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