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Address: West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

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Amazing surf spot!

Great view of surfers riding enormous waves. Hard to find parking near by so be prepared to walk quite a distance. No restrooms just port-o-potties that are nasty. Best view is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen D
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Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view of surfers riding enormous waves. Hard to find parking near by so be prepared to walk quite a distance. No restrooms just port-o-potties that are nasty. Best view is from the top of a bluff at the end of the park. The climb is not for everyone as it is steep and there is no real path. Bring... More 

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Saratoga, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well this time we visited - it was Mavericks surfing competition season. The place was absolutely nuts o filled with people - perhaps not the best time to visit. At other times the parking lot is easily accessible and allows for a pleasant view of the harbor and you can walk the beach or out around the point ot where... More 

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Tucumcari, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good service and food. Nice location, friendly staff, nice view of the harbor on second floor. Great experience.

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Thank Charles C
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Known for its annual big wave surf competition, Mavericks is really incredible. In the winter, you can see 30-40' swells. The actual break is pretty far out from the beach, so you may want to bring binoculars if you want to see the waves well. Also, you can park in the lot or near the shops/restaurants and then you walk... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We stopped here for a little walk and to eat near by. The beach of great and offers wonderful views of the ocean and the coastline

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This place is amazing if you dare to climb down the hill to get in! Only the best surfers here, great place to watch. Nothing but rocks and sharks in the water so BEWARE! Great sunset!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had a great time birding at Mavericks. The views were fantastic. This is where the famous Maverick waves break during a certain time of the year. The water was flat when were there, but we were told the waves are usually pretty good.

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Woodinville, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Another gorgeous beach in Half Moon Bay. The tide changes and light changes will change the mood of the beach dramatically. A nice place to have a picnic.

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oakland, CA USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Maverick's is legendary in the surfing world and for good reason. Whether you surf or watch surfing, its always a great spectacle. Just watch out for the big waves!

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Monterey, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Great place for birdwatching. The only known NORTHERN GANNET in the Pacific Ocean has been hanging around this area, either sitting on the cliff face (visible only from a boat) or on nearby offshore rocks (visible from the beach and a boat). We also saw a MARBLED MURRELET from our vessel on 19 August 2016. No, it was not a... More 

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