Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay

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Beach · Hidden Gem · State Park
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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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  • You know this beach is a beautiful place and I always love visiting here. The last visit my husband and I noticed a moderate amount of trash just dumped. It’s disappointing what people do to... 
    You know this beach is a beautiful place and I always love visiting here. The last visit my husband and I noticed a moderate amount of trash just dumped. It’s disappointing what people do to...  more »
  • Take the time to make this part of your trip if you are in the area. We drove down the coast from SF and stopped for lunch. All of our meals were delicious. The staff was friendly, and service was... 
    Take the time to make this part of your trip if you are in the area. We drove down the coast from SF and stopped for lunch. All of our meals were delicious. The staff was friendly, and service was...  more »
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  • I spent my Memorial Day here. When I arrived the parking lot was full but I didn’t even have to wait more than 5 minutes before someone left. The beach was moderately busy. After going down the stairs to reach the beach there is a rocky area to the right that hides many secluded areas. There are several smooth flat surfaces on the rocks that one could comfortably lounge on. If you’re comfortable traversing the rocks then you can reach the right side of the beach.
  • Incredible beach and vibes. Not crowded at all thanks to the bonkers parking situation up top. I highly recommend getting here early in the morning, otherwise good luck. Great spot to take the kids and doesn't cost anything. Worth the work to get a parking space and then hike down to the beach itself.

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