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Cowell Ranch State Beach

Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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Nice beach - Long walk

Very nice beach that is secluded off of Highway 1; small parking lot and then a 1-10 minute walk on... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2014
One of the Best Hidden Beaches

I've probably passed this beach so many times on my way to other state beaches in the Half Moon Bay... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2013
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The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good45%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“quarter mile” (2 reviews)
“coastal trail” (4 reviews)
“parking lot” (4 reviews)
Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Very nice beach that is secluded off of Highway 1; small parking lot and then a 1-10 minute walk on a trail through some farmland to get to the beach. Long stairs to get down to the beach; very private; Nice 1.5 mile coastal trail...More

1  Thank 141MAK
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I've probably passed this beach so many times on my way to other state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area. Finally, on Memorial Day this past year, one of friends suggested we try this beach. Needless to say, I was taken back by the...More

4  Thank Eradravu
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Stopped here by chance on a day's drive from Pacific Grove. It was beautiful and such a great place to walk and hike around the paths. We did not get down to the beach but it looked beautiful, but cold on the day we visited....More

Thank 2Italylovers
Reviewed 20 May 2013

What a good find! Beautiful beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. Can get a little breezy, but once you're on the beach with the sun beating down on you - you'll warm right up. We were 1 of maybe 10 people there on a Sunday. TIPS:...More

1  Thank Megan R
Reviewed 25 January 2013

We were excited that we were in the area when the "Mavericks" surfing contest happened this past weekend. Between "all" the people, traffic and trying to find just where the contest was happening. We searched until we could find a "view' and it was awesome....More

Thank kim092663
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Can be a little crowded at times when sunny . Road can flood in winter at times of high tide. A nice hike inland. Many nice CA beaches, this is one.

Thank eugenemiya
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Oh I just give up. I came down here to take a healthy hike and generate some good man-sweat and what did I do? I gawked. I pondered. I wondered in awe. I listened. I watched. I took all 2.2 miles in very slowly. So...More

4  Thank tantien3
Reviewed 25 July 2012

A small well preserved hamlet and former ranch perserved along with long trails leading to cliff side views. A true small gem of long gone history not to be missed as you travel north on Hwy 1.

Thank dominoman
Reviewed 5 June 2012

nice walk thru coastal trails and bluffs to the beach.

Thank GaryW
Reviewed 31 May 2012

This was a nice private location open to the public. You have to really watch for the sign for the area as it is small and we nearly drove by it but there is a small parking lot that is free. You have a small...More

Thank CubaqueenOntario
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16 August 2015|
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No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.