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Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay

Categories: State Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Jagged rocky cliffs shelter the sandy shore of Gray Whale Cove State Beach. A steep set of stairs equipped with a sturdy handrail brings visitors to the water from the nearby parking. A "clothing-optional" beach, this coastal spot draws many nudists. The beach is also known as a good place for whale watching, so don't forget your binoculars. Plan your Gray Whale Cove State Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Half Moon Bay using our Half Moon Bay trip builder.
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  • 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 o...  read more »
  • Amazing beach. Small, clean and very uncrowded. The access a bit difficult as you need to park the other side of the road and cross consistent traffic to access it. Amount of parking space is pretty l...  read more »
  • This was our last stop in California, on our way to the airport to fly home to Maine. I had gotten hurt the day before so I didn't climb the stairs down to the beach, but my husband did (see pic). We ...  read more »
  • Super out of the way. But there's great views and it wasn't super crowded when I went. It was a little on the windy side so bring a hoodie.
  • People making out everywhere lol, kids everywhere. It's a place for everybody! Not too crowded and very clean.
  • Easy stairs down to a huge beach north of Montara. The beach is clean. There's a south trail that's more challenging, to get down and up, too.
  • Great place to sit and relax, not too many people. A lot of huge waves so swimming is a bit daunting, at least every time we've come here
  • Just FYI, most secluded beaches are known by nudist so be prepared :-) Fantastic views and great atmosphere overall!
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