El Matador State Beach is one of Los Angeles’ best kept secrets that I have to reveal. This is a very unique beach away from tourists. While most people are flocking to Santa Monica Beach and Venice, locals are running to Malibu.
El Matador isn’t that big and is surrounded by beautiful rock formations. It is very picturesque. I have seen a few photo shoots taking place while I was lounging on the beach. It is also very secluded. Many people don’t even know about this beach, which is why it is a little gem.
If you have trouble walking or are handicap this beach is going to be hard to get to. You have to walk down a rocky dirt path and then take a lot of stairs down to the beach. Personally I don’t like stairs and walking back up them is no fun.
There is a parking lot that costs $8. If you are lucky you may catch someone leaving who will give you their parking pass. If you need to use the bathroom there are a couple of porta-potties next to the parking pay station right before you head down to the beach.
There are no lifeguards and as I said before rocks so it is important to be careful. Another thing to be mindful of is not to go during high tide. The beach isn’t that big and as the high tide comes in there isn’t much beach, but a lot of water. It is a great place to relax and take in the views. You can bring some lunch and have a picnic, just be mindful to take everything with you when you go.
There are also some pretty cool caves and people will put up tents around them to block the sun while they lay around in them. I am a little nervous to go all the way inside one. There are also little peekaboo holes in the rock formations in the ocean. They fill up with water when the tide comes in.
So next time you’re in Los Angeles or the Malibu area check out this amazing beach! It is well worth the drive.
Have you ever been to El Matador State Beach?