Montara State Beach

Montara State Beach

Hwy. 1
(8 miles north of Half Moon Bay)
Montara, California 94037
Visit Website
Local Phone: (650) 726-8819

This beach is a popular location for visitors who enjoy exploring the beach tide pools or surf fishing. It is bounded by low hills to the north and south. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby. The water is clear, the surf is strong and the sand is nice and soft. This is dog heaven!

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 point is about a half-mile north on the ocean side of Highway 1 and the last few steps have been washed out. The paths down to the beach are steep.

Remember that dogs must be leashed at all times.

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints, dog friendly, beach, san mateo county

Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
Blufftop Beach, Half Moon Bay. Photo Credit: Janet Fullwood
DogTrekkers who live inland know they’re never far from Sweatshirt Land. So when the mercury climbs, those in the know leash up their pups and head for the coast, making base camp in unhurried towns like BeniciaPacifica, Point Reyes Station (gateway to the national seashore) or Half Moon Bay, all of which are well appointed with hiking trails. Our most recent weekend away was to Half Moon Bay, where early-morning fog gave way to blue-sky days and the shooshing sea was a soothing backdrop for long walks along the gorgeous Coastside Trailmore »
Walking the dogs near the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay
Dogs on the beach in Half Moon Bay - Photo Dave Kendrick
Dog-friendly Half Moon Bay, at the heart of the region locals call “Coastside,” is part resort, part classic California surf town.

Beaches and bluffs are what it’s all about for visitors with dogs, and while off-leash opportunities are few, there are many ways to engage with the scenery.

In fact, it’s hard to know what to do first: explore the pristine beaches, scarf up some succulent seafood, ogle the surfers or window shop in the boutique-rich downtown. more »
This dog-friendly coastal community in San Mateo County is part resort, part classic California surf town. Visitors with dogs can access the ocean at several points, including Blufftop Beach at the end of Poplar Street; Surfer’s Beach at Highway 1 and Coronado; and Montara State Beach eight miles north of town.  more »
It's hard to know what to do first in Half Moon Bay: Explore miles and miles of pristine beaches, scarf up some seafood at a seaside café, ogle the surfers or window shop in the picturesque downtown district.

If your main goal is a sandy stroll, try chasing some waves with Rover at dog-friendly Montara or Bean Hollow state beaches, both within 20 minutes of town. more »
Download Our Free Mobile App

© 2022