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Address: Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-728-5336
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Description: Gray whales can often be spotted close to the shore of this scenic beach...
Gray whales can often be spotted close to the shore of this scenic beach. Surrounded by high cliffs, it features a clothing-optional section during the spring.
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Small Beach, Great Views

Grey Whale Cove is a cute little beach to go to, you do have to cross a sometimes busy freeway to get there but it's worth it. The views from the top of the cove are breath... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Elena G
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Grey Whale Cove is a cute little beach to go to, you do have to cross a sometimes busy freeway to get there but it's worth it. The views from the top of the cove are breath taking, we even saw whales! There are a few flights of stairs you have to go down to get to the beach but... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was a first stop of many on a trip down Hwy 1 heading out of San Fran. The beach is right off the highway south of Pacifica. There is a hiking trail that starts at the parking lot that walks along the bluffs towards the next town. The view is amazing! Lots of flowers to look at along the... More 

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Lincoln, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

When you are trying to find your way down the hill to the beach, go to your right instead of to your left. There are stairs that take you down to the beach. It is a beautiful and quiet beach!

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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's just absolutely lovely here. I've been here at least 6 times, alone, with my husband, with my son, and with friends. Depending when you go, there will be a couple or quite a few others here, but everyone will feel like it's their own private space- the seclusive nature of the beach creates this kind of atmosphere. Stay for... More 

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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117 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Meh. Small beach, not really swimmable due to the waves. A small parking lot is available as are a couple of disgusting portapotties. The stairs down/up are in good condition so it’s easily accessible. This beach just didn’t have any allure for me. The naked dudes aren’t a distraction – they seem to keep to themselves (they don’t bother me... More 

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Livermore, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I was enjoying my time with the family at this beautiful beach until I had to use the bathroom. There are two porta-potties at the top of the hill. When I entered the porta-potty that was slightly farther back I noticed a square hole cut out of the back wall, It looked like someone had previously tried to plug it... More 

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Marina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in Half Moon Bay but on the morning of our departure we drove north to Monterra to the McNee Ranch State Park and the Gray Whale Cove trail. It is before the beach, and there is a tiny parking area off HWY One to the right. The trail is considered "moderate". There are some beautiful trees when you... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visited this past week. Great beach with spectacular views. I was able to arrive around Noon and easily found a parking spot. I had read that the nude section was the north end of the beach. However, I stripped down south of the stairs (more towards the south end) I found the water to be easier to go in on... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

As a newlywed nudist couple, we decided to give this beach a try. Highlights include free parking at the top of the cliffs, and the fact that you are separated very well by a large pile of cliff rocks. That made it hard to access the north side (nudist tolerated) area of the beach, but it provides a good amount... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Just be aware that there is a long stairway down from road to the beach. Don't plan on carrying a lot of gear. Lots of parking.

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