• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: R.H.Meyer Memorial State Beaches

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El Matador State Beach

Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beaches is made up of three cliff edged "pocket beaches", each more scenic than the next.

El Matador State Beach: Follow the long dirt trail to this rocky beach with beautiful views and sea caves. It is suitable for year round visitors with beach swells in the Winter and Summer months. Wildlife such as pelicans and other shore birds are a common site. Nature fans can take in plant life of cacti and flowers.

La Piedra State Beach: Located on the Pacific Coast Highway, this beach has picturesque sandstone cliffs and reefs. The abundance of kelp beds are great for surfers and divers. Due to choppy waters, it is recommended to check the conditions before heading out. The borders of the beach and walking path to the entrance are lined with rocks, something to keep in mind before wearing your flip flops!

El Pescador State Beach: This is the spot for bodyboarders and surfers who like seclusion. The opportunity for water sports and activities is almost endless. There's plenty of open space within this cove to make it feel like you're in your own little world.

 
Picnic area, restrooms, easy hiking, moderate hiking, wildflower viewing, and wildlife viewing.
 
Beachscape

Site Info and Map

Digital map showing the site's locations (JPG - 721 KB)

Fee may be collected for entry.

Directions

All sites are located along Pacific Coast Hwy near Encinal Canyon Rd.

El Matador State Beach: On Pacific Coast Hwy, 0.5 mile east of Encinal Canyon Rd.

La Piedra State Beach: On Pacific Coast Hwy 0.1 mile west of Encinal Canyon Rd.

El Pescador State Beach: On Pacific Coast Hwy, 0.4 mile west of Encinal Canyon Rd.

 
 

To learn more about this site, visit the Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beaches webpage.

This site is managed and operated by California State Parks.

Did You Know?

The city of Los Angeles can be seen from many scenic view points in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Comprising 153,075 acres, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the world's largest urban national park. It has more area codes (5) and zip codes (26), including the notable 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills, than any other unit in the National Park System.