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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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Beautiful, clean, clothing optional beach near HMB

This is a fantastic, secluded beach near Half Moon Bay. You kind of have to watch for the sign and you park across the highway - then crossing the road can be kind of dicey. Also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Roseville, California
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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This is a fantastic, secluded beach near Half Moon Bay. You kind of have to watch for the sign and you park across the highway - then crossing the road can be kind of dicey. Also, the stairway down is steep. This isn't easily accessible for anyone who struggles with walking or climbing. BUT once you are there it is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a really pretty beach, but it's covered in trash and graffiti unfortunately. Heads up on the naked folk too. But a beautiful little niche once you look past the trash. The hike back up will get your heart going!

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I love this beach. What an amazing view, and the sound of crushing waves. I hear it may be hard to swim in there but i saw few surfers and couple people swimming. I will stay away from the north side though, I found out it is partially nudist beach, there were few nude guys, couple really exposing themselves. That... More 

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Darien, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This beach is right off the highway with a parking lot on the other side. You have to run across but that's no big deal. I don't expect the bathrooms at public places to be nice, but I expect them to be present. There were no facilities at this beach, which is why I gave it four stars. Other than... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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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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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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-728-5336
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Half Moon Bay

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