Day use area 8:00am to Sunset
Montara State Beach
Driving Directions to Montara SB
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.
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.
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.
Gray Whale Cove Trail Guided Walk
Saturday, December 12 at 10 am
Join Montara Docents for a 1.5 hour, 2 mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail along the edge of the California coast. View how the Ocean Shore Railroad has etched into the landscape and the remnant bunkers left over from the World War II era. The Gray Whale cove Trail is located at McNee Ranch which is part of Montara State Beach. Meet at the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide. For more information, please call (650) 726-8819.
Available Activities and Facilities at Montara State Beach
Nature & Wildlife Viewing