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Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay

4.4
#4 of 14 in Beaches in Half Moon Bay
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 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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  • We love this place. We go every Thursday for the 19.00 special. And during the week for a cocktail and hopefully seeing whales if they are here. Dogs are very welcome and get their own water bowl. Gre...  more »
  • Everything about this restaurant is perfect or even better! Free valet parking, great welcome, terrific view of the Pacific waves crashing over the road, good family ambiance and perfect menu. The ser...  more »
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  • A nice dog friendly beach with lots of people and things to see. Decent restaurants along the water. Not that wide of a beach and not that long but a nice location in Half Moon Bay with plenty of dogs and nice weather.
  • Dog friendly, mellow vibe. Medium sized beach with families, friends, boogie boarders, skim boarders, surfers. Need to climb down a few feet of rocks to access, so not a good spot for those with mobility issues. No bathrooms. A few restaurants within walking distance.

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