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Montara State Beach

Highway 1 at 2nd Street, Montara, CA
650 726 8819
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Montara
Type: Beaches, State Parks
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Moss Beach, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This is the best beach in san mateo county and just a stone throw by car from san Francisco or SFO. Long wide sand beach which is great for just about any activity from walking to volleyball. Surf bathing is ok when the sun is shining. Otherwise be prepared for cold water conditions. no surfing here so bring the frisbie... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Very easy accessible beach located down the cliff. On the west side of Highway 1 you will see free parking lot, just watch out when you cross the road when going to the beach. Very solid wooden staircase leads down to the beach. Once you down and keep going to the left you will end up being on the nude... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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512 reviews 512 reviews
264 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Though I'm partial to the cozier Rockaway Beach cove a few miles to the north, I still like this beach. It's a great place to kick up some sand and relax in the sea breezes. It also makes a nice break if you're headed south on Route 1 on one of its busier days. (If you're headed north instead, you... More

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

What a great place to just relax, I could have stayed here all day. It was so beautiful, wish I lived in that area!

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Anyone who enjoys taking pictures of the coastline and the ocean will have a wonderful opportunity to get amazing pictures. The beach is very clean, sand is smooth not very rocky, water is cold. The place does not look overcrowded. We saw couples walking, families with little kids flying kites and having picnics on the beach and a few surfers.... More

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Woodside, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Parking sucks, but otherwise, it's a great beach to go with the family. The water gets deep fast, and the area is known for rip tides - I wouldn't swim at this beach. It is a great spot for surfers - or just watching them, as I do. We bring the dogs, and let them run off leash without troubles.... More

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Ripon, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Great beach, beautiful view. Parking is challenging but worth the trouble. Many dogs off leash but they did not bother us. Sunset was gorgeous. Descent from parking lot to beach was about 50 feet, not bad, take your time and steps had plenty of room to allow quicker ascents and descents for those who are younger and in better shape!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

This is a nice and clean beach that is a hidden gem. Plenty of room to play and is pet friendly. Be careful of strong currents though.

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Bay Area, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've been every year for the last four years. Nice place to stroll, skimboard, fly a kite, and watch the sun set.

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SF
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Montara beach is the one of our favorite beaches for an escape to a clean, quiet beach. It is just a few mins. drive past the new tunnel on HWY 1. This is a great stop for a getaway from the city or even a long lunch if you can. It is not fancy but access is easy, there are... More

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