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Address: Poplar Avenue, Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-726-8819
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strollers, dogs, and bathrooms

Poplar Beach is a beautiful, well-tended park within a mile of downtown Half Moon Bay. Thinner crowds help ensure your visit feels like a restorative getaway despite the proximity... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 29, 2015
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San Mateo, California
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Sao Bento Do Sul, SC
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It really is amazing to see the big waves coming and hitting the beach. It was windy and a nice swell was on.

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Thank RafaelGarcia1975
San Mateo, California
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an easy beach to get to from the highway, free parking, and an awesome spot to go for a nice long walk on the beach. Dog friendly and a clean beach...you will enjoy the beautiful sounds of the crashing waves.

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Thank Kduffysi
San Mateo, California
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Poplar Beach is a beautiful, well-tended park within a mile of downtown Half Moon Bay. Thinner crowds help ensure your visit feels like a restorative getaway despite the proximity to Highway 92 and Silicon Valley. This park achieves the family-friendly trifecta: stroller-friendly trail, dog-friendly beach, and a bathroom in the parking lot. The port-o-lets aren’t luxurious, but they save you... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Very close to HMB Lodge, and with 'hourly' fees, can be cheaper than most of the beaches around HMB.

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Thank Rich C
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A natural beach with high, rugged cliffs behind it. Not easy for older people to navigate down, but worth it if you can. Miles of sand and dog friendly, too. Small parking lot get's full at peak times and toilet facilities are basic at best.

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Thank JohnnyThunderbird
Pleasanton, California
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554 reviews
355 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 544 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Basically it's a great beach with somewhat complicated access, so it comes with pros and cons. On the positive side: - It doesn't get crowded, even on the holidays. - clean and nice, plenty of space to play volleyball - steep cliff - perfect for whale watching - yes, there are whales close by (seasonally, of course) - plenty of... More 

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Thank heckfy
Lansing, Michigan
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41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We did not have a lot of time to spend here, but would have spent several hours if we'd been able to. It was so relaxing and the view is great. It was not overcrowded on the day we went, which was a Saturday afternoon, so parking was not an issue. Just make sure you pay! We almost passed the... More 

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Thank Kay G
Malta, New York
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Getting down to this beach was precarious. Very steep and loose soil made for slippery footing. My knee will remember the descent on the first day. Once down on the beach it was a beautiful walk. Lots of sandpipers. We went every day of our 4 day stay at a bnb beach cottage located in the neighborhood at the park's... More 

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Thank ValBinMaine
United Kingdom
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1,353 reviews
955 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

As we were making good time to get to San Francisco it made sense to make various quick stops at Half Moon Bay to experience the beach and admire the views. A nice walk across the beach and great views.

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Thank PrestonGuild
Bradenton, Florida
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a perfect place to pull off the road and either enjoy the beach or coastal trails. Parking is very cheap unlike the state park. The trails are well maintained for walkers, hikers, bikers and four-legged friends. The views are beautiful. You can enjoy the cliff faces, sea, natural flora and fauna. There are benches along the way to... More 

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