Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay

4.4
#5 of 13 in Beaches in Half Moon Bay
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. Put Gray Whale Cove State Beach at the forefront of your travel plans using our Half Moon Bay trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Nice clean little sandy beach with clear cold water. Car park across the main road with fast cars zooming by, it took a little while to cross safely. A little trek down to the beach along path and woo...  more »
  • A beautiful peaceful beach, not too crowded, almost no tourists, nice cliffs and beautiful coast. Perfect for a day off and some fun.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Nice beach tucked away where you will see surfers fishermen and nudist.
  • Best place in San Mateo County to explore tide pools (shhhh..don't tell or everybody will want to come here!)
  • Went here for a hike and this is a great scenic spot. The gray whale cove trail is a moderate to easy hike. The path forks right above the parking lot where you can chose to hike up the small hill for a quick burn or go the easy route to the path that goes by the sea. Either ways you treat yourself to these gorgeous views that make the time spent worth it.
  • It's such a beatiful place. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star it's because the crossing traffic it's kind of dangerous specially for little kids. You have to be really careful
  • Beautiful beach and waves 🌊 lots of surfers πŸ„ πŸ„β€β™€οΈ don’t forget sunscreen
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