Montara State Beach
Latest NewsThe beach is open for walk- and bike-in access only. The parking lot is closed. Please practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart from other visitors.
This beach is a popular location for visitors who want to explore the beach tidepools or go fishing. The beach is bounded by low hills to both the north and south. Visitors also enjoy sunbathing, strolling, nature study and picnicking.
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 in over 100 miles of coastline.
On the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, approximately 20 miles south of San Francisco. The beach is located 8 miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1.
There are two beach access points from the bluff area. One is across from Second Street, immediately south of the Outrigger restaurant. The second is located about a half-mile north on the ocean side of Highway 1. The paths down to the beach are steep.
By Bus: Take samTrans line 17 from Linda Mar Park n Ride.
Things to doBeach Area
This beach is popular for surfing, windsurfing and fishing.Hiking Trails
The 690-acre McNee Ranch (on
Montara Mountain) encompasses coastal
mountain habitat with sweeping coastal
vistas. The ranch’s two-mile Pedro Mountain
Trail connects to trails leading to Montara
Beach and Gray Whale Cove.
Horses are permitted in McNee Ranch.Wildlife Viewing
Birds nest in the coastal scrub along these
beaches, with wrentits and song sparrows
among them. Residents include mallards,
black phoebes, American coots, warblers,
and hawks. Migrating cinnamon teal and
buffleheads pause on their travels.
Fees and Passes
Day-use parking lots are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Parking is free.
- Point Montara has a lighthouse that offers overnight accommodations, operated by the nonprofit Hostelling International.
- Picnic areas
- Dogs are permitted and must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
- No beach fires are allowed and fireworks are prohibited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood and other natural beach features.
- Permits are required for all events and weddings. For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.