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Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-728-5336
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Beautiful beach filthy location

We ventured up to Pacifica for the day to explore a trail... but parking was non existent, so we... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
via mobile
Quiet, beautiful,

This is easy to miss from the road if not for the parking area. There is a little road then many... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“nude beach” (5 reviews)
“parking area” (4 reviews)
Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-728-5336
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We ventured up to Pacifica for the day to explore a trail... but parking was non existent, so we headed to this location. We were so excited by the cliffs & waves and I got some great pictures. As we approached, the port-a-pottys haven't been...More

Thank 1khearty
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This is easy to miss from the road if not for the parking area. There is a little road then many wooden steps down. But beautiful beach to hang out.

Thank Evelyn C
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We like this beach. It's not crowded like the Pacifica. It's clean!!! We've seen few friendly dogs. Parking is off the road so you'll have to cross the street so be careful. There's a stairs leading to the beach. The view is amazing :)

Thank iamko_ko
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The view is breathtaking...seemed like some great waves for surfers, but quite dangerous for children to swim. There are about 200 steps/stairs to take to the bottom. Sure is nice to have the stairs to help you get down there. It seems to have two...More

1  Thank Jenny F
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Roaring nature, fantastic views. Absolutely worth stopping and taking a walk. This part of the coast is as amazing as the the South.

Thank A W
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Stopped by this beach while traveling up Hwy 1 and it was beautiful. You have to park across the street to gain access and that can be a little confusing at first. Steps down to beach were long, but easy.

Thank Shockleyrn
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing panaromic views and scenic drive way to the beach .. we also happened to see a school of gray whales from one of the points .. 😊 .. a must visit spot on Hwy 1 South ..

2  Thank Aryan S
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This has a very nice beach, and is handily reached by an easy set of stairs. We got to spend a few minutes at the beach but could not find any place to park - the parking lot was jammed beyond full on a friday,...More

Thank Mithra
Reviewed 6 November 2016

you have to park in a little lot on the east side of the highway, then cross carefully. It's small and will creep up on you, on the south end of what used to be devil's slide. it's never really warm there, but still, a...More

Thank 581lily
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This was an incredible find as I was driving up the coast from Half Moon Bay to San Fransisco. I saw a glimpse of the beach from the highway and knew I had to go there immediately. I saw the parking on the other side...More

5  Thank Dan D
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Response from ltahoe7195 | Reviewed this property |
I've visited this beach 3 or 4 times a year the past few years and have never seen dogs on the beach, I think it is not allowed, but am not sure. Check the calif. State beach website for Gray Whale Cove it should say what... More