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.