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Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay

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#5 of 11 in Beaches in Half Moon Bay
State Park Beach
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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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 t...  more »

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