San Gregorio State Beach
Latest NewsCalifornia State Parks is temporarily closing vehicle access to all state beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties to reduce the density of visitors over the Fourth of July weekend. The parking closure is Friday to a Sunday, July 3-5. The beaches will be open to walk-ins only.
Here are some guidelines for people visiting San Gregorio State Beach:
- Very limited parking in the main day-use lot is now available to the public.
- Visitors must wear masks at the kiosks for day use entry in accordance with the San Mateo County health order. Credit card payments are encouraged.
- Visitors to engage in active recreation only.
- Restrooms are partially reopened. Trails are open for access.
What is currently closed at this park?
- Picnic tables and gathering spots
San Gregorio State Beach has some rather steep and very high coastal bluffs and cliffs bordering the ocean. The area includes a protected, driftwood-strewn estuary at the back of a wide, sandy beach, with grassy bluffs along the coast. The estuary is home to many birds and small animals.
San Gregorio Creek flows down to the beach and pools before creating an exit route through the sand. South of the creek, the beach stretches for over a mile below rugged cliffs to Pomponio State Beach. This is an excellent beach walk with high sandstone cliffs the entire way. To the north, there are caves and fossils in the sandstone cliffs to investigate.
Learn more in the California State Parks brochure.
The beach is located 10.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1.
By Bus: Take samTrans line 17 south from Half Moon Bay.
Things to doBeach Area
Visitors enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing, fishing and boating
Fees and Passes
Very limited parking in the main day-use lot is now available to the public.
Parking is $8 and supports the park.
- Picnic areas
California Historical Landmark 26 commemorates the passage of Spanish Explorer Captain Gaspar de Portolá through this area in October 1769. Rancho San Gregorio, consisting of 17,752 acres, was granted to Antonio Buelna in 1839. The rancho extended from Tunitas Creek in the north to the mouth of Pomponio Creek and encompassed the whole of the lower San Gregorio watershed.
- Dogs are prohibited on the beach at all times, but are allowed on leash on the trails and in the parking and picnic areas.
- 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.