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Outdoor Day in L.A. #41-El Matador Beach, Olay!

El Matador State Beach

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Want to ditch the crowds and get away from the noise of the city? Do you yearn for quiet stroll along a lonely sea shore listening to the crush of waves pounding in from a 2000-mile fetch? Just head up Pacific Coast Highway past Broad beach Road to El Matador State Park.A steep stairwell of 150 steps keeps many from enjoying what is one of the last naturally beautiful beaches on our coast. The red bluffs lined with wind-bent cypress remind me of Monterey and points north. You can scamper through rock tunnels and caves carved by ceaseless waves, or just sit and watch Cormorants and pelicans sitting atop sea stacks. You might spot the head of a seal amongst the bobbing kelp. Often dolphin can be seen surfing in the aqua marine waters. You can amble for miles in either direction if you time your visit at low tide.

Let Me Take You on one of the last great beach walks in L.A.
Let Me Take You on one of the last great beach walks in L.A.
Linda Ballou
El Matador Beach caves
El Matador Beach caves
Linda Ballou

It is tempting to swim here, but there are no life guards in the winter months and only on the weekends in summer. Still experienced body boarders ride the waves winter and summer. You need to pack a snack if you plan to spend the day. Happily there is not one fast food stand in sight. This may be the most photogenic strand of sand on our coast so don’t be surprised if you run into an amateur film shoot.
The searing sunsets that crown a day at El Matador are worth waiting for, but if you need sustenance head to the Sunset Restaurant on Westward Beach. There you can take it all in with a glass of wine and the best fish tacos in Malibu.

El Matador State Beach 32215 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. It’s easy to miss the small brown sign pointing to the parking lot between Broach Beach and Decker Canyons