The beaches in and around Malibu, CA are truly stunning. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway is without a doubt my greatest place of peace. There is something about that drive that gets me every time. Maybe it is just the simple act of driving away from the hustle and bustle of life listening to music with the windows down. For me, it is my therapy, my escape, my happy place.
My two favorite get-away beaches are Point Dume and El Matador Beach. If you are just sightseeing, you can easily do both in a day. One of my favorite things to do is to picnic on the beach and every single time I have gone, I stop at the grocery store in Malibu to pick up my items for my day at the beach.
What to wear to the Cali Coast?
The Cali Coast is often times cold making it hard to know what to wear for a day at the beach. On this particular day, going to beach was not in the original plans. Luckily, it was quite warm outside (summer). I wore my tried and true All Saints leather jacket (similar here) and a Joie Clothing summer dress (similar here). And, of course, in true California fashion, shades are a must (similar here).
The neat thing about El Matador Beach is the sense of exploring that becomes awakened as you wind through the large rocks in search of caves and hideouts. The tide can often change rapidly as you can see in these photos. A shallow walk in the water quickly became a thigh deep walk in the water, but hey, you only live once.
EL MATADOR TRAVEL TIPS:
El Matador Beach is right off of the PCH about an hour north of Los Angeles, CA. While it is easy to find while driving along the highway, parking isn't the easiest. There is a small parking lot that requires you to pay ahead of time and place the ticket in your car. Be sure to do this, because they do check and will ticket you. Also, it is a decent journey down steep flights of stairs to get to the beach so pack light. Be aware of tides changing throughout the day as the caves fill in with water. With all of the surrounding rocks in the area, it can be dangerous to get trapped in particular areas. Lastly, I have seen police ticketing for glass bottles of alcohol so be sure to pay attention to beach laws.