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only for surfers

Need binoculars. Don't bother unless surf is up. Watch tide charts. Many more beaches, even side... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
callucan
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Roseville, California
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Wonderful cliff walk

This is a beautiful place to explore. You can take steep hikes down to beaches where you are the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
champangedreamz
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“big waves” (17 reviews)
“low tide” (9 reviews)
LOCATION
West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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"big waves"
in 17 reviews
"bring binoculars"
in 4 reviews
"low tide"
in 9 reviews
"great place to watch"
in 3 reviews
"ft waves"
in 3 reviews
"surf competition"
in 3 reviews
"parking lot"
in 11 reviews
"pillar point"
in 7 reviews
"awesome surf"
in 2 reviews
"surfers riding"
in 2 reviews
"air force"
in 2 reviews
"nice walk"
in 7 reviews
"sized waves"
in 2 reviews
"surfing spot"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 2 reviews
"the cliff"
in 6 reviews
"secluded beach"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Need binoculars. Don't bother unless surf is up. Watch tide charts. Many more beaches, even side roads past lovely homes, to watch sun set.

Thank callucan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to explore. You can take steep hikes down to beaches where you are the only one walking, or drift over to the tide pools to explore local sea life. Walking distance to town to enjoy a harborside snack/lunch.

Thank champangedreamz
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We didn't see huge waves on the day we visited but it was still beautiful. Nice beach for dogs when not crowded. We were there in April and there were no crowds in the morning. Very easy walk from parking lot to beach. Beautiful wild...More

Thank P D
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

I am so thankful we hiked the short trail to see Mavericks, totally worth it at sunset! Definitely plan to go at low tide. Lots of shells and photo ops.

Thank MMcFadz
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Was hoping to spot the gigantic waves and surfers that this point is famous for, but unfortunately they weren't present when we went. However, it was still a nice stroll to the point and back. Ideal to walk your dogs and for families with young...More

Thank Chia2005
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

This is a beautiful walk along the water with beach front and benches to picnic or swim at. Its very popular with limited parking, so best to leave early or be prepared to wait for a spot. The jetty creates a protected beach on one...More

1  Thank Lighthouse-Lane-001
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Parking on the side of the road, you can walk down to the beach and watch the surfers. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful area.

Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

The energy eminating from this famous surfing spot is real. One doesn't have to be a surfer to feel the dramatic pull. The undercurrant configuation creates an amazing disconnect in the pull of the waves on either side of the Mavericks.

Thank Sande R
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

We didn't see the mega-waves but still enjoyed the stroll and scenery. A family and pet friendly place to get some exercise and fresh air.

1  Thank claudiaferber
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

This is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the U.S. and the waves are huge. We love just watching the waves and the surfers :)

Thank MaraFromToronto
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6amaggs
18 February 2018|
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Response from Sande R | Reviewed this property |
The time of high tide or low tide varies seasonally- I would check the local news outlets, or search online. There are also surfing stores along highway 1, or in the harbor area. The shops can also direct you to the tide... More
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duke4155
6 October 2016|
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Response from Melissa C | Reviewed this property |
Mavericks run October thru March, so depending on the waves. It is called with 48 hours notice to get to Mavericks so you just have to be on call. The waves have to be just right for the surfers and some years it doesn't... More
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