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Beautiful view and place to hang and take in the beauty. Whether you are going for a casual walk or... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Great place even for a non-surfer

I visited in the summer when there were not huge waves and only 1 surfer. But the ocean is always... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.
West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view and place to hang and take in the beauty. Whether you are going for a casual walk or sitting for a picnic - this place is relatively unknown and so you can escape the crowds.

Thank brigidwhite
Reviewed 6 August 2018

I visited in the summer when there were not huge waves and only 1 surfer. But the ocean is always beautiful and its worth the hike ti=o dee it

Thank screenname000
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Uncrowded cool morning at Mavericks. Spent about 20 min watching sealions playing 10 meters off the beach. They'd play for a bit and then watch us watching them for a several min. Only one surfer paddles out to catch a few waves. Not too big,...More

3  Thank Joseph C
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Nice people running the shop. Very cool shop! We love to check out the surf shops and this one has a lot of surf history. Good prices on shirts and they have dash hula girls - we looked for one for a while and they...More

Thank Stacy M
Reviewed 3 May 2018 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
Reviewed 29 April 2018

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.

1  Thank champangedreamz
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
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
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
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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nancy d
16 October 2018|
Response from callucan | Reviewed this property |
H.A.L. does NOT dock in Half Moon Bay. This is a small town south of San Francisco, north of Monterey. You would need a car to get to this area from San Fran.
18 February 2018|
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