I was invited to a photo shoot on the beach the first Saturday of February (February 1st). I have been to El Matador Beach many times – it’s quite a popular place to photograph. I was expecting it to be really cold because it’s been chilly lately here is Southern California. We arrived around 2pm and from the parking lot it looked pretty dismal (see first photo). It was quite windy stepping out of the car but the parking lot is at the top and the beach can be found at the bottom of a sloping dirt path and stairs. It’s usually warmer once you get to the bottom – the cliffs make a great wind blocker if the wind is coming from the land, and luckily that day it was.
The beach was perfect. The weather seemed to improve with each step I took. Absolutely stunning, are the only words I can use to describe El Matador that day. In all the times I’ve been there, that Saturday was the most beautiful I ever remember.
Going to the beach that day reminded me how important it is to take time to look around you and enjoy what’s right in front of you or within a 40 minute drive, in my case. I vowed that day to bring the kids back in the winter to this magical place where sea life is alive and thriving and nature is at its best. Explore!
How to get there:
El Matador State Beach is located just North of Zuma on Pacific Coast Highway. The entrance to the parking lot is on Pacific Coast Hwy. El Matador is crowded during the summer so the lot might be full if you go during the summer months. There is a port-a-potty at the top but that’s about it.