El Matador Beach

El Matador Beach is one of 3 cliff beaches collectively known as the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach.  This is the first of these beaches located just North of Broad Beach Road on Pacific Coast Highway.   The parking lot is small, so get there early – it is $8 to park.  You will have a hike down to the beach from the lot, so bring only what you can carry and make sure you are fit enough to do the hike back up to the parking lot.  It is not a “swimming” beach as it is very rocky and there is a lot of kelp in the water here.  The restrooms are port a potties – you have been warned… With all of the bad points about this beach out of the way, I hope I have scared you off so I can keep this beach to myself!  It is a beautiful beach sanctuary with tide pools and big, rocky caves to explore –  really great rock formations if you want to climb. Cool sea life and birds and gorgeous sunsets.  There is free parking on PCH, but read the signs carefully to avoid getting a ticket.  Come at Low Tide to explore the caves safely.  Enjoy!

9/5/2015 – Update to this post: Just wanted to put pics to show off this beautiful beach.    Parking is still $8.00 or free on PCH.

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El Matador Steps down to beach

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El Matador View

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El Matador Parking Lot  

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Point Dume Beach

Another favorite beach, Point Dume.  Just past the entrance to Zuma.  A little different because this beach has some serious bluffs right on the sandy beach and there are some rocky areas that pop out of the sand that look like lava rock with shellfish attached.  The beach is long and wide and nice to walk along – my kinda beach.  I’ve seen people climbing on with ropes on the bluffs… like a rock climbing class.  Pretty sweet location for it!  Lots of neat hiking trails to get a birds eye view of the beach from the bluff.  Tide pools on the other side.  Just another pretty place in Malibu! :) Here are a couple of pics from my last visit. A good resource that I found for checking out other beaches around Malibu is southerncaliforniabeaches.org.

Point Dume from the Bluff

Point Dume from the Bluff

Point Dume Walking on the Beach

Point Dume Walking on the Beach

 

View of Ocean and Sea Lions from a viewing spot along Pt Dume hiking trails

View of Ocean and Sea Lions from a viewing spot along Pt Dume hiking trails

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Surfrider Beach

Right next to the Malibu Pier and it curves around towards the Adamson House.  Three Points to surf: First and Second Points are for long boards and Third Point is for Short boards.  Great spot to kick back in the sand and watch the surfers paddle out or get out there yourself with your wetsuit, board, and booties!  Pier parking is like $15 or park on PCH for free.  It’s a pretty great place to sit back and enjoy the weather and go for a swim closer to the pier.  I caught a pic kind of showing the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd points from left to right.  Not very great surf, but it was a great day in Malibu at Surf Rider!

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Zuma Beach

One of my favorite beaches to visit.  Just a great white sandy beach with beautiful breezes and surf.  Lots of parking available and free parking along PCH.  I love walking along this ridiculously long stretch of beach barefoot where the water meets the shore.  There is a lagoon at the east end of the beach, towards Point Dume – another great beach, but for another post!  Also, the Trancas Marketplace across from Zuma Beach at the West end recently reopened the grocery store within the center – Vintage Grocers is a pricey but convenient place to pick up food and drinks for a day at the beach!
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