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Analogue Girl About Town: A Little Slice of Heaven

Up on the Pacific Coast Highway, where the wild sea meets the peaceful cliffs, is the El Matador Beach, one proof that Los Angeles is far from the obnoxious city it has come to be known as.

That little slice of heaven we often dream about doesn’t come cheap or easy for most people — unless, of course, they’re living in one of those few less-known paradises on earth that have not been tainted by the multi-billion dollar resort industry. To be living in a city infamous for its bad traffic and mostly ordinary structures, I can only be so lucky to have a taste of that without burning a hole in my pocket.

And whether you believe it or not, I am.

Never mind the sprawls of dreary suburban neighborhoods with uniformed houses and shopping complexes on every major street corner. Never mind the self-absorbed oblivious-to-the-rest-of-the-world culture that dominates most of my city. The fact is, for such an arguably congested city, Los Angeles can be insanely gorgeous and inspiring. This is not so obvious – in fact, many would have to stay here for at least a year to realize it – but it’s been proven time and time again.

Up on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, where the wild sea meets the peaceful cliffs, is the El Matador Beach, one such proof that Los Angeles is far from the obnoxious city it’s come to be known for.

Here, in this quiet bend on the California coast, is an unspoiled place where people can enjoy the best of two worlds – the colorful marine life that can only be found in a rocky beach and the relaxing long walks that can only made in a sandy one.

Here, the rocks are teeming with life – sea anemones, shellfish, starfish, crabs, birds. Here, cool caverns at the bottom of the cliffs are abundant, ready to provide shelter from LA’s intense summer sun. Here, the golden beach stretches out for miles so that even with many people, you can still find yourself a secluded spot.

For somebody like me, whose happiest childhood memories almost always involved exploring beaches and sea floors during low tides with my grandfather and my cousin, this small part of LA is a treasure. And I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to see it – just $8 for parking and a picnic basket full of goodies!

written by blueskyandhardrock

4 comments

  1. dida

    dida

    I consider myself a lucky girl :) I always lived near the sea and I love it!

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  2. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    @dida i love the sea and everything about it - the smell of the salt water, the feel of sand, the sound of the waves... i spent a lot of my childhood in and around the water, collecting shells and even playing with sea cucumbers and sea urchins... if there's anywhere i'm most comfortable, it's near the sea. :D I love that we both love it! xo

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  3. bsdunek

    bsdunek

    I don't live near the sea, but do live near the Great Lakes. Sure wouldn't live in a city - can't stand that. I was a farm boy and like more open spaces.

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  4. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    @bsdunek open spaces are simply amazing. there's a certain freedom they inspire. i love them.

    but since i'm a big city girl and used to that buzz, i can only stay in them for a short time. otherwise i will start panicking. no exaggeration there. and since i'm not used to open spaces, they can get pretty scary at nighttime. :D so i'm glad to be living in a city where i'm so close to quiet places for short escapes every now and then.

    thanks for sharing! xo

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