I don’t want to say this is an anti-Santa Monica Beach post, but… it’s kind of an anti-Santa Monica Beach post. Every time someone comes to visit LA, they inevitably want to go to the beach. Which is understandable. California is known for its dramatic coast, after all. But for some reason, they always set their sights on the absolute worst one. That’s right – Santa Monica Beach. While I’ll admit that its renowned pier is pretty fun, Santa Monica Beach is dirty, crowded, and overall just not cute. (And Venice Beach is even grosser, if I’m being honest.) So what’s better? El Matador Beach.