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Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
Miramar Beach is a sandy beach in western San Mateo County, California. Miramar Beach is one of the numerous beaches on Half Moon Bay, a Pacific Ocean embayment noted for its surfing and extensive visitation. The marine terrace above the beach itself is situated approximately eight meters above mean sea level, and on this terrace is positioned the small unincorporated community of Miramar, which is a residential setting that also has several coastal visitor serving uses such as restaurant and lodging facilities. A stream named Arroyo de en Medio discharges onto Miramar Beach into the Pacific Ocean.Access to Miramar beach from State Route 1 requires a turn west on Magellan Avenue, then left on Mirada Road. A public trail lies along the blufftop spanning three miles of coastline from Miramar to the city of Half Moon Bay; this trail affords sweeping marine views and good birdwatching.Arroyo de en MedioArroyo de en Medio is a stream cuts through a flat marine terrace plain emptying onto Miramar Beach. This creek forms steep sided banks of approximately 40 degrees with respect to the channel floor directly above Miramar Beach; the channel floor is about eight meters deep relative to the bank tops. Even at the mouth, Arroyo de en Medio is considered intermittent, since the flow typically ceases in the summer months. However, there is some summer standing water in the channel near the mouth, the result of street runoff from summer irrigation and car washing. The stream mouth is clear of canopy vegetation but densely filled with sedges in a marshy setting.
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  • A regular retreat, casual and always fun. Bartenders are up for mixing old fashion drinks, friendly and attentive servers, warm heaters or fire pits for foggy evenings. 
  • I took a friend for her birthday. We had a table by the window and enjoyed the sunset and whales out on the bay. Our cocktails were fine, as was the service. A piano player added not-too-loud tunes so...  read more »
  • Many of us Tibetan Terrier owners had a meet up with dogs at the beach. LOVELY place for dogs on and off leash to run and play. Free parking is along the street....short walk from there to the beach. ...  read more »
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