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Address: West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

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Windy Beach

Great beach, I mean Steve Jobs named an Operating System after it! The views are incredible. Small parking lot, but I've never had a problem finding a spot. It is windy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
tazman1099
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Anchorage, Alaska
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There really isn't anything to see. You can walk along the beach but can't get past the point where the big waves break. If you park in the parking lot and walk up the road there is a Airforce Military fence and guard shack that put reaching the best vantage point out of reach. During the big wave completion you... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beach, I mean Steve Jobs named an Operating System after it! The views are incredible. Small parking lot, but I've never had a problem finding a spot. It is windy, though! Bring a windproof jacket, and a hat without a bill. I'm not a surfer, but during surf season I'm guessing it gets a lot busier.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk beside the estero, from the parking lot, usually follows a raised track at the foot of some very friable cliffs. When we visited in late February the track was closed due to small landslides that had come down in recent heavy rains. It is possible to negotiate these spots by deviating onto the bayside beach and ten minutes... More 

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Aledo, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a quick view of the Maverick waves on a rainy day. It was worth the trek out and marked off my bucket list. I get to say I saw the surfer waves with friends. Glad to have walked on the beach.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to walk beaches and carry binoculars to check out the birds. This is a great place even when packed with people. Cliffs, beach and wetland add to the variety of wildlife. Have lunch nearby and wave watch.

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Fair Oaks, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

We went to this beach because we knew that Maevricks is famous for huge waves and an annual surfing championship. We walked on the beach but discovered the surfing waves are two miles out so we couldn't see them from land. You can't climb up the hill because it's an Air Force location and off limits. We did see some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Even though the conditions were bad, it was still cool to see where epic waves form. Wish it could have been better conditions though. Easy access and parking.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were in HMB and after having lunch at HMB Brewing Company, our server showed us how to get to the point on a map. A short drive takes you to the trail head parking lot. A short easy walk along the beach brings you to the point where you can see the huge waves at Mavericks.

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

In town and hoping to see Mavericks, but storm in the way. Love this competition and the overall town. Best wave, we were lucky to see from the bluff years ago which left a lasting great memory!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A nice hike to Mavericks break from the parking lot. Saw some surfers and enjoyed watching the waves crash. Wouldn't dare to try swimming in it, at least not the day we went.

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