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Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay

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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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  • July 25, 2017
    This is the more quiet part of the beach in Half Moon Bay. You can enjoy walking along the sea. With a little luck you can see the whales. Pelicans fly off and on in search of food and here and there see k also seals. A haven of peace.
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  • July 11, 2017
    This stretch of beach is really more of a link from the more populated Surfers Beach over to the larger Half Moon Bay beach. The southern end has a short road that people most often walk. Unfortunatel...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    The trail along Miramar goes from Kelly Street out to Miramar and to Princeton Harbor. Great 5 mile pluse paved path right along the water's edge. Fantastic. I have been going here since 1969 and it's...  more »

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