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Montara State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day use area 8am to Sunset

* Camping is not available at this park.

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.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


On Monday January 1, 2018, California State Parks invites you to start the New Year outside as part of the sixth annual First Day Hikes initiative across America. First Day Hikes is a nation-wide promotion of healthy lifestyles and year round outdoor recreation through free guided hikes.

 

Gray Whale Cove First Day Hike
Monday, January 1 at 10am
Join us for a moderate 2-mile, 2-hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach.  Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites.  Rain cancels; event is free. Meet at the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Tom Lantos tunnel. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free.

 

Visiting Montara State Beach

This beach is a popular location for exploring tide pools and 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 known as 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.

 

Basic Park Information

CAMPING is not available at this park. Nearby state park campgrounds include Half Moon Bay State Beach and Butano State Park.

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

BEACH FIRES are not allowed.

COLLECTING is prohibited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features. 

FIREWORKS are prohibited.

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

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Available Activities and Facilities at Montara State Beach

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms