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“Pretty beach, but stay out of the water”

Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Owner description: Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
Palo Alto, California
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Pretty beach, but stay out of the water”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

The water here is very pretty. A nice place to read or run with your dog. Very picturesque, especially at sunset. Like most of the beaches in NorCal... be prepared for cold wind most of the year, and stay out of the water! The water is not safe for swimming.

Visited November 2012
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Sterling, Virginia
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“great view of the sunset”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

We always enjoy visiting Half Moon Bay, when in the area. The beach is nice especially in the summer. A little cold in the winter months. The sunset is worth seeing as are the surfers especially if the rogue waves are running. There are camping and restroom facilities and a charge for admission (seniors get $ 1.00 off). The ride over the mountain from San Mateo is a little unnerving and always a lot of traffic so plan on a least 1 hour each way from 280.

Visited November 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Surprise Everywhere”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

You can camp there and see the sun rise and down. You can play with the birds. You may also see the whales! The waves are big and the sound are awesome. Quiet place.

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Watch the sunset”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The beach is less crowed than SF beaches. There are benches sprinkled at different spots, where you can sit and chat. The best thing for this beach would be the lovely sunset that you could get to watch if you stay until that. You can see the sun going down in the huge horizon.

Visited November 2012
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Roseville, ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Nice place to watch the sunset”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We camped in a fifth wheel. Charming location. Quiet, could hear the waves at night. Would return here again

Visited October 2012
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