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El Matador Beach: Picture Perfect!

El Matador State Beach in Malibu features some of the most scenic coastline in California (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

El Matador State Beach in Malibu features some of the most scenic coastline in California (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

Are you looking for a great photo op that will make you the envy of your friends & family (especially those who live where it’s snowy & cold)? Look no further than El Matador State Beach in Malibu.

Tall rocks form archways in the shallow waters west of Zuma Beach. Sea birds perch on branches of wind blown cypress trees atop the craggy coastline.  El Matador’s pristine beauty and golden light is a favorite location of photographers (nature and portrait) and artists who want to capture the remote beauty of this stretch of California coastline.

Related: Hike Solstice Canyon Malibu

There’s a small parking lot above the beach (or parking on Pacific Coast Highway) with a stairway that leads down to the sand.  You will probably find a little more privacy if you visit on a weekday. There are no restaurants or shops at El Matador, making this possibly one of California’s best kept secrets.

El Matador State Beach

Picture Perfect! El Matador State Beach in Malibu may be one of California's best kept secrets! Enjoy these gorgeous photos by Ken Pfeiffer.

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View of El Matador State Beach in Malibu from the parking lot above (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Stone arch at El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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A view of the Malibu coastline from El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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Traffic411's Lisa Osborne poses at El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)
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El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA (Photo: Ken Pfeiffer/Traffic411)

From Santa Monica, this beach is on the far end of Malibu. If you want to explore sea stars (starfish) and other sea life while you’re here, visit nearby Leo Carrillo State Beach at low tide. Tide pools are home to a lot of sea creatures.

Traffic411 Insider’s Tip: The daily parking fee ($8) will give you access to some other state beaches & parks, including the prime-tide-pool-viewing spot Leo Carrillo State Beach.

Distance from LAX: 33 miles (55 minutes)


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