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Mavericks

West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Type: Beaches
Description: Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.
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Discovery Bay, California, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A once a year opportunity to see the best surfers in the World. The Mavericks in Half Moon Bay is the big wave surfer competition that separates the men from the boys. These are some of if not the biggest waves int the world, that hit the Northern California coast once a year. if you are in the area, its... More

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Chico, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We parked and walked out to the beach area the day before the competition was held here. It is a nice path along the Half Moon Bay Harbor and then around the corner to the beach. The actual area where the big waves can be is a ways out so bring binoculars to see the waves that break there from... More

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Soquel, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We traveled to HMB primarily to experience the "Big Wave Competition" at the Mavericks on January 24th. People are no longer allowed on the bluffs overlooking the ocean and the surfers so we bought the tickets to sit in the Oceano Hotel's parking lot and watch the whole thing on jumbotron TV screens. while is was wonderful to be in... More

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San Francisco, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Good service, good food-easy parking and reasonable prices. When visiting Pillar Point and the Mavericks Area, this is a good restaurant to visit and plan your activities. Excellent clam chowder, nachos and Crab Louis. The Crab Cake was also upscale and fresh in the middle of dungeness(sp?) crab season.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A short and easy walk to reach the beach. On the walk to Mavericks, there is a nice inner harbor beach area without big waves for young children and dogs to swim.

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concord
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My family and I had been trekking out to Pillar Point back in the late sixties and early seventies and we had never heard of "Mavericks", per se. We enjoyed going to the marine reserve that was (and I hope still is) nestled below the cliffs. My father and I used to marvel at the waves out beyond the point,... More

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Montreal, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I'm only a very sporadic surfer, but had heard of Mavericks from the film Riding Giants. This place is not an easy find, but ask how to get there in the surfshop by the harbour. There is a small parking space by the radar station and then you can walk across the road, up the hill and follow one of... More

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Cameron Park, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Ample parking and a level path take you to a wide, sandy beach with plenty of tide pools. Walk a little further down the beach to the spot where surfer's compete annually on massive waves. But, be careful; during high surf periods the beach an be treacherous.

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Salinas, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We actually didn't realize we had come upon the famous "Mavericks". We had taken a long walk from our hotel and ended up here. We gazed out at the reef to imagine what it must be like to ride those giant waves. Very cool

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Foster City, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
48 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Mavs is the name given to the waves out beyond this point where the world famous surfing contest takes place. But here along the edge of Pillar Point and its harbor is a delightful spot to walk, sit, birdwatch, wave watch, and in season with the tides you can even go musseling. Slim parking nearby. Lots of good walks from... More

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