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Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Too dangerous to cross the highway

We were initially excited to go to this beach. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach the beach... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2018
Keelia M
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Oakland, California
Lovely Little Beach

Nice clean little sandy beach with clear cold water. Car park across the main road with fast cars... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2017
javed00
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London
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“parking area” (4 reviews)
“north side” (3 reviews)
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Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
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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

1  Thank Keelia M
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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

Thank javed00
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Reviewed September 12, 2017

A beautiful peaceful beach, not too crowded, almost no tourists, nice cliffs and beautiful coast. Perfect for a day off and some fun.

Thank David Š
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Reviewed July 6, 2017 via mobile

We ventured up to Pacifica for the day to explore a trail... but parking was non existent, so we headed to this location. We were so excited by the cliffs & waves and I got some great pictures. As we approached, the port-a-pottys haven't been...More

Thank 1khearty
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Reviewed June 11, 2017

This is easy to miss from the road if not for the parking area. There is a little road then many wooden steps down. But beautiful beach to hang out.

Thank Evelyn C
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Reviewed May 27, 2017 via mobile

We like this beach. It's not crowded like the Pacifica. It's clean!!! We've seen few friendly dogs. Parking is off the road so you'll have to cross the street so be careful. There's a stairs leading to the beach. The view is amazing :)

1  Thank iamko_ko
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

The view is breathtaking...seemed like some great waves for surfers, but quite dangerous for children to swim. There are about 200 steps/stairs to take to the bottom. Sure is nice to have the stairs to help you get down there. It seems to have two...More

2  Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Roaring nature, fantastic views. Absolutely worth stopping and taking a walk. This part of the coast is as amazing as the the South.

Thank A W
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Stopped by this beach while traveling up Hwy 1 and it was beautiful. You have to park across the street to gain access and that can be a little confusing at first. Steps down to beach were long, but easy.

1  Thank Shockleyrn
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Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

Amazing panaromic views and scenic drive way to the beach .. we also happened to see a school of gray whales from one of the points .. 😊 .. a must visit spot on Hwy 1 South ..

2  Thank Aryan S
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_teojulie88
March 27, 2018|
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Response from LizandC | 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.
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_teojulie88
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
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Darci R
November 10, 2017|
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Response from 1khearty | Reviewed this property |
There are two parts to Grey Whale Cove that I’ve discovered. The South side is traditional & lovely yet parking can be more challenging. The northern side has a bit more parking but is dirtier & yes it seems to be clothing... More
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