El Matador State Beach

Along the coast of Malibu are some of the best beaches in the entire United States, all of them are pretty flawless but for my money, the best beach is El Matador State Beach. My lens will focus on the physical aspects. If you can find parking in the super small lot, then you are in for a real treat. The beach is packed with long stretches of sand, sea caves and massive rocks. While driving on Pacific Coast Highway past Point Dume and before Leo Carrillo, you will want to watch for the small sign on the right telling you El Matador State Beach is ahead. It doesn’t have a lot of great signs, so you want to make sure you are keeping your eyes peeled. Turn into the dirt parking lot from there and hope there is parking. People often park on the street but if you do this be very careful, as I have seen cars get tickets often for parking in the wrong section. After finding a spot make sure to pay for the parking pass then head to the overlook for a beautiful coastal view before walking down to the beach. he walk to the beach is relatively steep but easy for most people. The beginning is all dirt then it has a series of stairs before another section of dirt and more stairs. The beach is beautiful in every direction with massive rocks, birds, and seaweed covered stones. I love seeing all of the birds flying around the beach and nesting on the big rocks. The main attraction here is the massive rock that had a series of small arches. A few of them are big enough to walk through and others you would have to crawl under. Here is a picture from inside of the arch at low tide. This beach is especially fantastic at golden hour when the sun is setting in the distance and lighting up the beach with a golden hue. If you go at sunrise or sunset, you will see a lot of photographers. This is to be expected as the geological rock formations here are some of the better ones in Southern California. If you haven’t been, then you need to go as it is incredible and I guarantee it is worth finding parking so you can experience it yourself.

3 thoughts on “El Matador State Beach

  1. Dominguez says:


    This is a beautiful picture of the beach, it looks like it would be a perfect get away from a stressful week if you know exactly where to go. I think it would be safer to go during the sunrise since it is a long road to get to the beach I can only imagine the long road to go up to the parking lot especially after sunset.

  2. Holden says:

    I’ve never been to this beach, but it sounds great. I liked your detailed directions on how to get to the beach. I will definitely get around to visiting it sometime soon!

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