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Cowell Ranch State Beach

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

The .3 mile walk allows you to see farming of brussel sprouts, given the time of year and a nicely... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2015
travelagentreplies
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Burlingame, California
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Quarter Mile Hike to the Beach Area - Quiet Beach

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2014
mini
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Fremont, California
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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.
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3 weeks ago
“worth the walk”
12 Feb 2018
“Gorgeous bluff trail”
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Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

The .3 mile walk allows you to see farming of brussel sprouts, given the time of year and a nicely kept gravel trail they takes you to an overlook that is beautiful. You can travel down 30 stairs or so to the beach, which is...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here and taking a walk to the beach area; it is around a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. As such, it is less populated but beautiful state...More

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Reviewed 23 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

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Reviewed 23 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

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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

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Reviewed 21 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

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Reviewed 26 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

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Reviewed 28 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.

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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

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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.

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No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.
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