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Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

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Address: Half Moon Bay, CA
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Easy and scenic hiking trail along the Pacific coast that measures six...

Easy and scenic hiking trail along the Pacific coast that measures six miles round trip.

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Enjoyed! Whales visible now

We came here on a Monday and enjoyed a stroll on the beach and a portion of the paved walkway. It was lovely, cool and foggy as expected (do still wear sunscreen). We parked at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
obdocSanJose
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San Jose, CA
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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here on a Monday and enjoyed a stroll on the beach and a portion of the paved walkway. It was lovely, cool and foggy as expected (do still wear sunscreen). We parked at one of the lots at the state park for $10 (cash). Right now there are whales very close to shore and was fun to sit... More 

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Washington DC
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86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a dreary day, misty, cool, and very windy to walk the coast but we went anyway and had a great time. Beach was not crowded. During the walk we notices a crowd and walked up to find the whales were feeding just off the shore. Was so impressive to watch those beautiful animals popping out of the water.... More 

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Thank mbabill
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Flat trail for pedestrians and bikes is a great way to get some exercise while your ride along half moon bay and through the communities and beaches along the trail.

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Thank Phillip F
Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get out of the traffic on Hwy 1 and head to the coastal trail. You may access it from many of the beach lots on the west side of the highway from Pillar Point Harbor and points south. Paved surface which is good for walking, biking, blading etc. You can even meander on trails that parallel the bluff tops. View... More 

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Thank Susan W
Half Moon Bay, California
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163 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a visitor to the Half Moon Bay coast side it is definitely worth renting a bike and enjoying the ride from Pillar Point Harbor to the bird refuge that is just before the trail ends. Wonderful, scenic places to stop and enjoy the beach and views from the bluffs. I live in this area and whenever I... More 

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Thank LinGal2001
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

whether your out for a casual stroll. Whale watching or looking at birds or wild flowers the costal trails have somethingfor everyone. Most of the trails are black top so its pretty easy to walk. You can go as far as you want! surfers beach.Stop for a drink lunch, dinner watch the sunset.Picnics on the beach.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

First, I'm not sure where the name "Coastside Trail" is coming from. Everything we saw on signs and Google maps used "Coastal Trail", so don't be confused / alarmed! Second, the trail was quite beautiful and very relaxing and peaceful and absolutely worth a visit. We started at The Ritz and walked south along the golf course. After a while... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Love to take my grandson and doggies on it! So much fun and adventure. Not overly managed by rangers which I like. Smells fresh.

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Thank DDLMaverick
Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Hiked from Francis Beach to the Ritz Carlton. It was absolutely beautiful. A little chilly and windy, so dress for the weather. We walked on down to the little town of Half Moon Bay and had lunch. We ate at San Benito Deli. Perfect day. Probably walked around 12 miles.

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Thank Patricia B
Redlands, California
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32 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Take the time to walk the trail instead of letting it zip by your car window. You cannot replace the sensations of the sea air, the sun on your face and the smell of the surrounding foliage.

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