El Matador Beach

This beach is absolutely beautiful whether it’s sunny, gloomy, cold, warm, etc. It’s known as a “pocket beach” because it doesn’t have a real shoreline and the area between sediment and ocean is so small. The tides basically reach the cliffs on the land, so there is no dry sand. While I was walking down the barely existent shoreline, I was avoiding families that were posted up on one side and enjoying the non-threatening waves on the other. Meanwhile, stepping up and down random but cool rocks that laid all over the beach. I expect that in the winter the tides will not only reach the edge of the cliff but climb up it and erode it slowly. El Matador is only open to its neighbors living in the area and hardcore beach goers who are dedicated to trekking down steep cliffs and extremely close, low tides. Back in 1977, the Los Angeles County officials tried to open a public recreation beach here and utterly failed. They wanted to artificially create it into a place ideal for fishing, surfing, swimming, and other recreations. The locals were completely against it and demanded that the beach was unsafe on top of people disrupting delicate marine life. They raised the problems worth looking at since the bluff is so tall and steep. If any work was to be done on the face of this beach, then it would have to be completely destroyed and rebuilt into a completely new, artificial beach. The state began to work on it, but the locals protested by slashing tires and pouring sand in construction vehicles amongst other things. They tried to explain that the hillside was unstable, caving in, and infested with rabbits. Long story short, the political move did not push forward. They did not want to deal with the pressure, and the opposing side was far too strong. They decided the little recreation use that they would gain was not worth the effects it would have on the community. To this day, El Matador remains a natural, rocky cove that is only admired by willing adventurers.

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