El Matador State Beach Dream Beach of Malibu!


Southern California has many incredible beaches, but one of the most beautiful near Los Angeles is El Matador State Beach near Malibu. It is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, about 10 miles west of Malibu, and offers fantastic waves and the clearest water in the area.

Unfortunately, the beach is only accessible on foot and therefore not suitable for wheelchairs, strollers or the like. From the car park, a long steep dirt road leads down the cliffs to some stairs that lead directly to the beach. One should not walk this way down, which has no railing, not in flip-flops or other light footwear, but rather put on sneakers.

Granted the way down is a bit adventurous, but the view from the top of the beach, the rock formations and the blue Pacific is incredibly beautiful. The path is lined with tons of flowers and cactus!

The unspoiled beach, a mix of water, birdlife and flora, offers long sandy beaches, sea caves and massive rocks for rock climbing. When the water level is low, you can explore the caves and walk through the rock formations.

El Matador State Beach is a very well known and great place for the perfect photo and therefore very popular with photographers. It is suitable with its worth seeing scenery for photo Sessions of all kind. Whether in the bathing suit, in the evening dress or photos before breathtaking sunsets, there are always dreamlike pictures. For this reason, he is also often used by professional models for the shoot.

The El Matador State Beach offers with its rock formations, caves and great waves a brilliant view. You can swim, relax, have a picnic, walk the beach or just watch the dolphins frolicking in the water.

There is a parking lot which is signposted but easy to miss.

Parking costs $ 8 from 8 in the morning until sunset. If you're lucky and friendly Americans notice you're waiting for a parking lot, they offer your ticket should they leave their pitch. We were offered one and we could park for free.

Of course you can also park directly on the Pacific Coast Highway, as you will definitely find a place.

Tip from me!

You should put on bathing shoes if you want to walk between the rocks in the sea and do not want to hurt yourself on sharp stones.


  • I have never been to Malibu and believe that there is generally one of the most beautiful places
    but the beach is so awesome 😀

    all love your Amely Rose

    • El Matador Beach is a bit hidden and really beautiful. But there are many beaches worth seeing there such as Venice Beach, Santa Monica and others.
      Greetings Sigrid

  • primetime chaos

    Wow Sigrid, that looks amazingly beautiful! I love your America Posts! And especially how fast you write them! There is always nice replenishment 🙂 Send you greetings from Innsbruck, Theresa

  • Oh how nice! Unfortunately we were not in Malibu at the time. I have to go back <3
    Love from
    Jil from http://jilsblog.com

  • That really invites you to dream. It looks really nice. I'm an absolute hiker and would make only a small stopover, but alone to see a dolphin, I would also stay longer. Thanks for the nice post 🙂

  • That looks very idyllic and above all zero overflowing! <3 Sometime .... I have to see the USA someday.

  • Dear Sigrid,

    This beach is really beautiful <3! I would like to go there now ...

    Have a great start to the new week!

  • wooow I would like to be there too! 🙂

  • Great Post 🙂 Since you want to get back in the plane and go to the beach 🙂 I really like the rocky coast 🙂

    best regards
    Nadine from tantedine.de

  • Wow those are amazing pictures again?

    lg danie

  • Oh how nice. Since I would much rather lie now, as here on the sofa ^ ^.
    So on the beach, now and then in the floods jump. Glorious. You have brought nice pictures.

    All the best

  • Wow, what a dream setting that is! have ever heard of this beach, but never really seen something! I would certainly like to see nature so close up 🙂

    Best regards too,
    ❤ Tina from http://www.liebewasist.com

    • That would be something for you dear Tina, there you have your peace and you can even let five be straight. Also for sports it is ideal there.
      best regards

  • Wow like in a picture book. I'm a big fan of Miley Cyrus and since she sings about such beaches in her song Malibu, I want to go there and convince myself of the beauty of the beaches. Most are the beaches, which are a little out of the way and difficult to reach, the most beautiful.
    And what I am especially jealous of: the dolphins. I imagine that so wonderful, sitting on the beach and watching the dolphins. 🙂

    • Since I give the right Pierre, watching the dolphins is a very special experience. Sometimes they come very close to the beach and romp about there.
      best regards

  • Yea, I really enjoy reading about California. Also had to fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco next year. I decided otherwise. But I would like to see a few regions of America. And such articles make you want to realize this idea.

    • I'm glad if I made you want to visit the West Coast. It is really fantastic there.
      best regards

  • Wow, the pictures are really great. I think the West Coast is worth the trip. Is already on my list for years but with the three small children at the moment too far away. Could get rid of the pictures immediately.
    Greetings Nini

    • It is a bit exhausting with three small children, so I would rather wait a bit.
      best regards

  • So far, I've never been to the West Coast of the US, your photos make you want to! The beach is very beautiful, that must be a great feeling, to lie there and enjoy the environment! Thanks for the tip!

    • I love to lie on the beach and listen to the sound of the waves. That's pure relaxation for me.
      best regards

  • A nice informative post! This looks really class, oh yes my photographers heart but would be happy in the scenery. Now I have Meerweh. Thanks for the post and the beautiful pictures.

    Lg from Norway

    • That's right, there you could let off steam and make great, professional photos again.
      best regards

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    Oh that's fantastic. I also want to go back to the seaside, but so far it has not happened. But with these pictures I get real sea-sickness.
    These beaches are pretty, but not so "perfectly ironed", I like the most. Especially the stone formations are really impressive 🙂

    Greetings Anni from https://hydrogenperoxid.net

    • We are always looking for special beaches where there are few tourists. So far we have always found something.
      best regards

  • What a great beach and what great photos. Your tips here are always great!

    Warm greetings to you
    Sandra from https://www.storfine.de

    • Thank you for your comment, I am always very happy to practice your visit.
      best regards

  • That's a great beach! The pictures are so gorgeous that you really feel like getting on the plane right away. Quite great.

    Love from,


    • Thanks Bea, I can not wait any more, but next week we'll start again. I'm so happy to see my son and grandson.
      best regards

  • Wow, to my taste. That the beach can only be reached on foot, I find personally now even pretty good. Is probably not that crowded!

    Best regards,

    • That's right, there are not so many tourists there, almost only locals.
      best regards

  • Hello,

    How beautiful!!! My cousin was back in Germany for a year and flies back to her husband in the USA on Sunday, as she has now completed her Referadriat. Since we have already forged plans what we do everything when we visit there ... Your great blog is now meticulously worked through as a guide 😉

    Greetings and a nice weekend,

    • Thanks dear Verena, next week I will fly back to my son in Los Angeles. I will surely discover some interesting places again.
      Greetings and a nice Mother's Day.
      best regards

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