Possibly the best part of any roadtrip is curating it as your own. Decide what stops you want to add or skip from your itinerary. When we started planning the HWY 1 roadtrip - none of the guides we found mentioned Malibu or El Matador but I had since pictures of this beach and always wanted to visit so I made my case to “ I “ and she agreed to add it to our list (more like I played the guilt card of over a decade of friendship and she got tired of listening to me whine about it). No matter - we added it to the list and after a short visit in LA , we made our way to Malibu.
El Matador is on of three beaches in the Robert Meyer memorial state beach - which google describes as three small cliff-foot beaches. I am told El Matador was the most popular of the three and it is the closet to Malibu. We did not know it at the time we were planning, but this is apparently this a popular spot to photograph swimsuit (and we saw several photoshoots happening). What captured my heart and has earned this stop a spot on the blog - the stunning sunset above the caves and arches in rocks - an incredibly beautiful scene.
We arrived just before on sunset on a Sunday and the parking lor was full so we parked along the highway along with other cars and made our way to the trail to get down to the beach. The background was so stunning we decided to have a mini photoshoot.
If you have find yourself in this part of the world or if you plan your highway one roadtrip - consider adding this on your itineraty. It is such a stunning place - see for yourself.