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Chasing Mavericks!

Had to visit the "Big Wave Surfer Mecca of the World" (Nazaré is up there too)! This place is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
R2_Ramirez
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San Antonio, Texas
Beautiful area with lots of quaint charm.

We got skunked on the waves; they were small that day, but really enjoyed the area -- nice... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
q94040
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Mountain View, California
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.
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West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had to visit the "Big Wave Surfer Mecca of the World" (Nazaré is up there too)! This place is legendary, with one of the most exclusive/unpredictable Surf Contest in the Planet, the vibe is certainly different. We went during "Low Tide", so it was muddy...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank R2_Ramirez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got skunked on the waves; they were small that day, but really enjoyed the area -- nice restaurants, pretty scenery, parking was okay, etc.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank q94040
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When the surf is up, it world famous. When the tide is out walk on the reef an pick mussels. Lots of dogs. Lots of beach. Climb the bluff to watch the surf.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018

Happened to have lunch at Barbara's Fishtrap next door and what a wonderful place to visit after a sumptuous meal, be prepared to walk though, it is worth it ...

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ana L
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Excellent _ parking is limited you walk to the ocean lots to see maverick is offshore you cannot see it but the walk is very nice

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

Famous for the big wave competition in winter, the waves come from 2 directions, but is fairly quiet other times of year.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Inspiration24874
Reviewed 5 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank JosephPaddy
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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Stacy M
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nancy d
16 October 2018|
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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.
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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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