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Address: Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-728-5336
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Gray whales can often be spotted close to the shore of this scenic beach....

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.

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Exploring Gray Whale state beach

We went on a monday afternoon and the place is so peaceful. Only a few people relaxing and enjoying the beach while waiting for the sunset. Im glad we waited. Watching the sunset... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
Paul C
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

We went on a monday afternoon and the place is so peaceful. Only a few people relaxing and enjoying the beach while waiting for the sunset. Im glad we waited. Watching the sunset was so beautiful.

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Thank Paul C
Hampton nh
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234 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

Stopped while we were just driving around , was suggested to stop from the hotel and glad we took there advice . Quite spot, and porta potties , saw surfers there , just a great stop if your in the area !

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1 Thank Hollmark
Graz, Austria
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

and this place is too very beautiful - we have seen whales outside - and it was a great day for us. all beaches are wonderful - except water is of course cold at this north ....

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Thank Michael T
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

As my husband and I were driving North on hiway 1 we noticed many cars pulled over off the road. we pulled off also and saw many surfers taking advantage of the waves and sunset.Beautiful!

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Thank Betsy S
Washington, DC
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59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Beautiful place close to SF. And if you are into nudism this is your place too just go to the far end of the beach, you'll find plenty of like minded people there. There aren't too many commodities in this beach such as bathrooms or plenty of parking but that doesn't deter visitors so plan your visit in a warm... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Decided to stop and check out this beach with some family and was blown away by how beautiful and undiscovered it is. Gorgeous sand and practically no rocks. Great place to grab some sun and a nap. A place that I will definitely incorporate into my next trip to Cali.

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Emeryville, California
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The parking lot is a small area, there are a couple portable toilets at the top of a small hill on the side of the parking lot. You have to cross the road and then it's a steep walk and stairs going down. Yes there's some graffiti and some trash right when you get to the bottom of the stairs,... More 

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Thank Michelle G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

This beach looked really nice from the view at the top of the cliff thingie. I didn't go down to the beach tho. Good spot to stop and take some pictures if u driving down pch. Don't miss it

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Roseville, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a fantastic, secluded beach near Half Moon Bay. You kind of have to watch for the sign and you park across the highway - then crossing the road can be kind of dicey. Also, the stairway down is steep. This isn't easily accessible for anyone who struggles with walking or climbing. BUT once you are there it is... More 

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2 Thank Jen1371
Houston, Texas
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73 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a really pretty beach, but it's covered in trash and graffiti unfortunately. Heads up on the naked folk too. But a beautiful little niche once you look past the trash. The hike back up will get your heart going!

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