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Montara State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day use area 8:00am to Sunset

Driving Directions to Montara SB

About 20 miles south of San Francisco, the beach is located 8 miles north of Half Moon Bay on Hwy 1.
There are two beach access points from the bluff area:
One access point is across from Second St; the other access point is about 1/2 mile north, west of Hwy 1.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

This beach is a popular location for visitors who can explore the beach tide pools or go surf fishing. The beach is bounded by low hills both to the north and south. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby.

Point Montara has a lighthouse that offers overnight accommodations. It is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit group.

Montara mountain (also called McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach. The mountain is a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found over 100 miles of coastline.

On the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, approx. 20 miles south of San Francisco. The beach is located eight miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway One.

There are two beach access points from the bluff area. One access is across from Second Street, immediately south of the Outrigger restaurant. The second access is located about a half-mile north on the ocean side of Highway 1. The paths down to the beach are steep.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.


Dogs are permitted provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.  Fireworks are prohibited.

Permits are required for all events and weddings.  For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.

Seeking Volunteers for San Mateo Coast State Parks

Applications now being accepted!

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? Than join our volunteer team ! You can lead tours, run school group programs, operate the visitor centers, lead whale-watching programs, help with special events, work on preservation and maintenance projects, help with native plant restoration, participate in citizen science research projects, maintain trails and much more.

California State Parks is seeking enthusiastic new volunteers interested in helping parks in the San Mateo Coast Sector. Recruiting is currently occurring at Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Burleigh Murray Ranch and McNee Ranch Montara State Beach.  Volunteers may choose to help in one or more of the parks.  The sector also has a special need for highly trained volunteers to present programs for school groups in the parks and at the local schools on weekdays.

New volunteers will participate in a series of training sessions scheduled for Saturdays. The first training session of the series will begin on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at the  Historic Train Depot located at 110 Higgins Canyon Road in Half Moon Bay. If you are interested in volunteering primarily at Montara, Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beaches, please register for training with Nelle or Angie at (650) 726-8804, voice mailbox 7#, or e-mail  If you are interested in volunteering primarily at, Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, please register for training with Julie Barrow at or call (650) 879-2120 and leave a message.

Available Activities and Facilities at Montara State Beach

Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing