El Matador State Beach
This public beach in Western Malibu is one of the smallest but most charming of the region’s long list of shoreline attractions. El Matador State Beach sits at the base of dramatic cliffs and formed of golden sand washed by aquamarine waters.
It is accessed along a steep path and wooden staircase, via a small parking lot suitable for around 20 vehicles which sits on a bluff above the high tide line. Additional parking is permitted on the Pacific Coast Highway. There are also restrooms at the trailhead.
El Matador State Beach is particularly popular during the summer months. El Matador’s sands include more than one natural rock arch, now separate from the cliffs from which it was formed. Sea stacks provide further interest. Although scattered with a number of smaller rocks too, the beach still has a good amount of room for sunbathing.
To experience El Matador State Beach at its largest extent, it’s always best to visit at low tide, when rock pools are revealed. That said, the sunsets off El Matador are also celebrated locally. Bring your own towels and refreshments whichever time of day you visit.
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