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Half Moon Bay
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Secluded cove for sunbathers

We Parked in a lot across the beach and precariously crossed hwy 1! There is a path that goes all... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2019
Glenmoore, Pennsylvania
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Absolutely gorgeous

While visiting Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks from Cleveland we chose to drive back to San... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2019
Seville, Ohio
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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.
Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

We Parked in a lot across the beach and precariously crossed hwy 1! There is a path that goes all the way down to the cove. We saw sun bathers, skinny dippers, surf boarders. Plenty of sand to dig into. There is a rip tide...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

While visiting Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks from Cleveland we chose to drive back to San Fransisco via the coastal highway. It was stunning! Google map said this would be a good the location for pictures and they were correct. You have to park across...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank 859heidij
Reviewed June 6, 2019 via mobile

The staircase or the path are both easily navigable to take a small cooler to the beach for a picnic. The cove offers beautiful views & a great hidden gem along the coast.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank dbowers75
Reviewed February 18, 2019

Gorgeous, sheltered cove, well worth both the hair-raising requirement of crossing Highway 1 on foot, and the intimidating staircase down to the beach (and, of course, up again!). We missed the sign on the first pass, but Google maps got us straightened out. And actually,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Laurie H
Reviewed January 9, 2019

Easy parking fairly long walk slightly up hill next to high top rock hill but great scenery. There are 2 big rock formation out in the water with 2 different kind of bird homes keeping hundreds of birds safe from anything in the water or...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 29, 2018

I like beaches that have rocks for the waves to crash up on, and this one delivered. The sand was good looking, too, and the water beautiful. We had a nice walk here. We detoured here on our way to the airport just to see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Caratach
Reviewed November 7, 2018

One of the most beautiful beaches in northern California. Worth the hike. Watch out crossing the highway.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank pepperjack56
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We stopped for a paddle after a hike in the nearby San Pedro Valley Park. There is a free car park just above the beach on the other side of Highway 1. Crossing the road is difficult and you have to rely on a nice...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank breweruk
Reviewed March 5, 2018

We were initially excited to go to this beach. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach the beach because the parking lot is across the highway from the water. We waited by the side of the 2-lane highway for 10 minutes -- there was an endless...More

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank keeliam17
Reviewed November 21, 2017

Nice clean little sandy beach with clear cold water. Car park across the main road with fast cars zooming by, it took a little while to cross safely. A little trek down to the beach along path and wooden steps. With scary rip tide and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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March 27, 2018|
Response from natcpl2 | Reviewed this property |
You just have to becareful and watch for traffic. The parking lot is across the road from the beach access. Where the parking lot is, there is a decent view of the road in each direction to see cars coming.
March 27, 2018|
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Response from javed00 | Reviewed this property |
It's as dangerous as crossing any other main road. Choose a safe spot , Just be patient and cross quickly when the opportunity arises. Once on the other side of the road walk on the other side of the barrier (not on the road... More