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San Gregorio State Beach, San Gregorio

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San Gregorio State Beach is a beach near San Gregorio, California, USA, south of Half Moon Bay. Part of the California State Park System, the beach lies just west of the intersection of California State Route 1 and State Route 84.GeographySan Gregorio Creek widens to form a small freshwater lagoon in the park behind a sand berm, or barrier beach, which typically blocks the mouth of the creek, forcing the creekwaters to flow underfoot as they seep into the Pacific Ocean. During the rainy season the creek often cuts through the sand berm and flows directly into the ocean. Historically the creek was a coho salmon spawning site, and the Department of Fish and Game is considering restocking it with coho to improve the salmon fisheries south of San Francisco.It is one of the cleanest in the state.AmenitiesPark facilities include restrooms and picnic tables. Dogs are not permitted on the beach, as it has been identified as an itinerant nesting habitat for the locally underpopulated western snowy plover. North of the main beach is a nude beach (private property) that charges a fee to park in their parking lot north of the park's lot that provides closer access. It is considered a self-registered fee area, although there is a kiosk which is staffed during summer months.
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  • we stopped here on a whim and it was definitely worth it - the views are amazing and just a short walk up the hill path leads you to a great spot for pictures. we didn't swim but i would definitely lo...  more »
  • A nice beach area that has free parking and rest rooms. It's one of the smaller beaches so isn't as crowded. It's a beautiful view. 
  • Beautiful, not crowded. Caves are interesting and add to the beach's beauty. My fav beach. Bathrooms are dirty, but it's a state park. Suprised at how few people go to this beach...it's a gem! 
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  • Beautiful scenes. Be careful if you visit right before the high tide, you might not be able to climb back up from the beach
  • Closest beach to Stanford. Quiet and peaceful most of the time. Majestic cliffs, reflective estuary, gorgeous sunsets. Make sure you visit the General Store while you're here.
  • Nice beach with a general store a block away for anything that you may need. If you get there early, you can park at the corner of 84 and 1 for free. The beach has a stream running through it which comes down from the mountains above, always fun to play in for kids. You can walk south for quite a ways with rock cliffs to your left. To the right side, the water breaks on a large rock wall so there is not much beach here. There is a cool cave that you can enter which can be used for shelter from high winds. Nice place to have lunch on a spring or summer day!
  • Nice but the beach cleanliness could be improved. Such a great bay with multiple beaches along the highway 1 should be protected. Especially when we pay $8 for parking...
  • Another beautiful little beach we stopped at while passing through Half Moon Bay. It seems that if you're looking for a great beach to walk by for the views that each of these spots are perfect little excursions for a quick jaunt.