Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay

#5 of 14 in Beaches in Half Moon Bay
Beach · Hidden Gem · State Park
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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  • We stopped here on our day along the Coast and enjoyed the view of the foggy beach with very few people around. Lovely spot.  more »
  • Gray whale cove beach access closed. Great views on the loop trail above. Good place to look for whales when in season. Use your own GPS to get there, the Trip Advisor map has it in the wrong place...  more »
  • This was another special stop on our journey down the 1, coastal road. The cliff views from above are spectacular. The views from the actual beach are equally as stunning. We didn't see any special wildlife. No whales. 😔 But so worth the pause in driving.
  • Highly recommend!! One of the most beautiful beaches anywhere..the north end is the nude beach mostly a mixed crowd and the people are friendly. Sometimes you can actually see a whale as the name implies, simply the best of the best..

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