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Address: West Point Avenue, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, CA
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Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

Popular beach in Half Moon Bay that is known for superb big-wave surfing.

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Cool spot with a lot of history

A nice hike to Mavericks break from the parking lot. Saw some surfers and enjoyed watching the waves crash. Wouldn't dare to try swimming in it, at least not the day we went.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice hike to Mavericks break from the parking lot. Saw some surfers and enjoyed watching the waves crash. Wouldn't dare to try swimming in it, at least not the day we went.

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Middletown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely fun to make a trip here and see the wave. Really net if you actually have an appreciation for surfing, big wave surfing, Titans of Mavericks and the sport as it has developed. There are pretty easy paths you can walk down on the bay side of up to the bluffs and look down. The parking seems to get... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun little beach right that is easily accessible. It is definitely worth checking out as an iconic beach that hosts the Mavericks surf competition most winters depending on when the right storm creates the swells needed. There is a small parking lot that fills up quickly with additional parking on the road an additional 1/4 mile away.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mavericks is a tricky one to sum up because it is very difficult to see the wave. In times past one could stand on the cliff tops but there is a security fence now that stops that. We loved the sense of power and drama coming from the area, reminded me of Margaret River mainbreak on a huge day. Go... More 

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Thank Bruce P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on Christmas Eve, the wind was howling so the surf was raging. Beautiful beach and very well maintained area, even though not surf season. Nice parking lot and porta-potties available.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

It's such a great short trail. Walking past the marsh and wetland and looking for critters is fun in it's self. It was high tide when we there so be very careful when you get to the beach!! If sneaker waves. Low tide is best.

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Great view of surfers riding enormous waves. Hard to find parking near by so be prepared to walk quite a distance. No restrooms just port-o-potties that are nasty. Best view is from the top of a bluff at the end of the park. The climb is not for everyone as it is steep and there is no real path. Bring... More 

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Saratoga, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Well this time we visited - it was Mavericks surfing competition season. The place was absolutely nuts o filled with people - perhaps not the best time to visit. At other times the parking lot is easily accessible and allows for a pleasant view of the harbor and you can walk the beach or out around the point ot where... More 

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Tucumcari, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Good service and food. Nice location, friendly staff, nice view of the harbor on second floor. Great experience.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Known for its annual big wave surf competition, Mavericks is really incredible. In the winter, you can see 30-40' swells. The actual break is pretty far out from the beach, so you may want to bring binoculars if you want to see the waves well. Also, you can park in the lot or near the shops/restaurants and then you walk... More 

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