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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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Best beach in Malibu

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Thank Eliminate M
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 9 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 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.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

It is a Beautiful beach, the rocks are amazing, and the view is fantastic, Weekends can be a little too crowded, it's a must see Beach in Malibu.

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Mercer Island, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I was lucky to come on a sunny day in November when there were few people here. It was easy to park in the small lot at the top. The climb down to the beach is not as bad as it looks and you will be rewarded with a great walk on a sandy beach around some amazing big rocks.... More 

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This beach has character! Loved the fact that it had large boulders along the beach. Beautiful! Great stop for an afternoon snack!

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The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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