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Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay

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Poplar Beach is a beach located in and operated by the city of Half Moon Bay, California. It lies at the end of Poplar Street west of State Route 1. Located roughly a half mile south of Half Moon Bay State Beach, Poplar Beach allows horses and leashed dogs. It is close to a residential area, and there are no fireworks or beach fires allowed. Poplar Beach is open until sunset and is free to the public (though the nearest parking lot is metered).The Coastal Trail links Poplar Beach to Half Moon Bay State Beach along the top of a bluff with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Mavericks surfing location to the north. This hiking trail is also open to horses and dogs.
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  • We pulled into many beaches before we finally found this PET FRIENDLY beach. It was wonderful!! Great parking with bathrooms. It cost $10 to park but we felt it was worth it. The beach went forever an...  more »
  • Highly recommend you check this out if visiting Half Moon Bay- Just turn toward the ocean on Poplar Ave and drive to the end. We love it because it is scenic, with the cliffs ( the walk down is not to...  more »
  • Great beach! Worth the visit :) Plenty of coastline to share with the people, pups and horses. Relaxing!  more »
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  • I love this place. The beach is magnificent, you get to see the horses running along the beach from a local business and it is dog friendly. Do not bring your dog here if it cannot handle other dogs off leash.
  • I love Poplar Beach! Don't swim in the water, it's actually not safe, because of rip tides and secret waves. That being said, it's a great beach to just relax at because it's never crowded, even at times you think it would be. Plus there are fun cliff areas to explore!
  • This is an awesome, massive, and beautiful beach to spend the day at with family. It’s dog friendly, so long as you keep your dogs leashed. Our little ones had a blast on the beach, we’ll definitely be back soon!
  • During the weekend, it is a chaotic mess that you have to pay to park in; a simple gravel lot with massive crowds parked every which way. People zooming by at high speeds on bikes and boards. Screaming children, barking dogs, random horses trotting by. A strange mixture of city and sea. During the week it is slightly less messy and slightly less interesting with a dollop more of peace.
  • Gorgeous beach perfect for families (including dogs), watching the waves, and relaxing. Not much for beach combing. Horses are often present on trail rides. The path to get down to the beach is steep with loose gravel. Nice walking area on the bluff above with beautiful views. Minutes away from downtown HMB.
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