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Montara State Beach

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Address: Highway 1 at 2nd Street, Montara, CA
Phone Number: 650 726 8819

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Overcast and windy beach 58 degrees

We had a great time at this beach. Great views from the cliff above and had to go down some steep steps to get to the beach! The visitor should be careful on the last set up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time at this beach. Great views from the cliff above and had to go down some steep steps to get to the beach! The visitor should be careful on the last set up steps that need repair. I was carrying a 2 1/2 year old in my arms and coming down the stairs was tricky. The... More 

Thank Litebeam58
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw whales pretty close offshore. Great to have dogs allowed. Needed a jacket in July (just heads up) because of overcast and wind. Really pretty, open beach with scenic cliffs around. Not crowded.

Thank Vrad L
Miami, Florida
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful areas of our drive down the coast. The weather was fantastic, in the high 60s and the scenery was just spectacular. My husband surfed while I just sat there in awe of the beauty of this quiet beach, sandwiched between the cliffs.

Thank mlesseur
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Visited this beach with my mom, boyfriend and two dogs during Memorial weekend. It's right off Highway 1, but we actually took US 101 toward Half Moon Bay and then took Highway 1 due to traffic. Heck, there was traffic everywhere. We were lucky to find parking near the main stairwell and started off our one mile long walk along... More 

Thank Reanne L
Arlington, Texas
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

The small parking lot that is right off the highway is a great place to get some pictures of the ocean and the beach. Might be a little crowded on occasion. Access to the beach is not good from the parking area. Might want to find a little better location north of the public parking area.

Thank 104steve1972
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Do come to beautiful Montara State Beach. But listen to a local... ** BEAUTIES ** The view from the cliffs, a perfect photo opp almost regardless of the weather. The thrill of big, pounding waves when a storm's coming down from Alaska. The long stretch of sand and cliffs, usually uncrowded. The geology at the south end: at high tide,... More 

Thank Shauna0829
Big Lake, Minnesota
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208 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

One of the many amazing pulls offs on hwy 1, we were pleasantly surprised how nice and less crowded this beach is. There are beautiful views from up on the cliffs, and also from down on the sand. Steep stairway/trail down from the small lot on the south side, with some water to cross (or carefully navigate around) at the... More 

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Sanford, Florida
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45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

My husband and I were staying a short walk up the road from the beach, and visited every evening after our busy days exploring San Francisco. After the rush and bustle of the city the quite beach was always a great way to end the day.

Thank Janet Z
Montara, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Montara State Beach is a beautiful mile long beach with very easy access from Highway one.There is a dirt parking lot at the south end of the beach with stairs leading to the beach. At the north end you can use the parking lot for La Costanera Restaurant until 5PM. Be very careful if you plan to go into the... More 

Thank Pogo5
Montara, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

wonderful place to spend the day, great weather, gorgeous waves, bathrooms...but watch out for the under current.

Thank otter94037

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