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Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay
(4.4/5 based on 45+ 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 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...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
  • 1 South of San Francisco, take the drive down the road to meet the times Beach's views are very beautiful tourists filming to get popular. However, this is not a day when the weather is clear, and that day the waves were very careful record highs.
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  • 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 limited. There are stairs that takes you down the beach.
  • 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.
  • Rather interesting beach, not crowded