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Poplar Beach

Poplar Avenue, Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-726-8819
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Love all HMB beaches

if you're coming to the beach for cotton candy, popcorn, corn dogs, this is not for you, No thrill... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Oakley, California
Poplar Beach-perfect for a relaxing walk, whale-watching, and stunning sunsets!

You can watch for whales, walk, or relax on the easy to access beach. There are even well-placed... read more

Reviewed 25 July 2016
Napa Valley, California
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  • Average14%
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“the cliff” (4 reviews)
“parking lot” (4 reviews)
Poplar Avenue, Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you're coming to the beach for cotton candy, popcorn, corn dogs, this is not for you, No thrill rides just some good old sand and some waves. That's what I love about this beach and most others in Half Moon Bay it's just about...More

Thank mdauth58
Reviewed 25 July 2016

You can watch for whales, walk, or relax on the easy to access beach. There are even well-placed benches waiting for you! We were lucky enough to park and in minutes see three whales close to the shore turning, spouting tall plumes of water, and...More

Thank jmmyers2015
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Head north from the parking lot to get to the trail down to the beach. Parking is hourly rather than Half Moon Bay which is $10 for the day.

Thank SStichter
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Great horse riding beach, with easy in/out horse trailer parking. So great for a no-hassle beach ride. Great for dogs too.

Thank Howie J
Reviewed 7 May 2016

This is a local beach-paid parking, like $2 for an hour. The trail is not well maintained and is moderately steep. The only bad this was a lot of horses on the beach-so horse poop everywhere. In addition, people must party there at night and...More

Thank calsun99
Reviewed 30 April 2016

You can park in an easy lot, and walk either north or south from this beach. The walk allows some beach access and some bluff sections.

Thank sudubu
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We spend a couple of hours walking on the edge of the cliffs dominating the beach. Even if it was a cloudy day it was amazing. We would have like to have more time to spend there. The green of the grass on top of...More

Thank paolovbossi
Reviewed 1 April 2016

My children went horseback riding on this beach. Lovely time spent with the family. It was a gorgeous day! Sunny, warm perfect.

Thank jaysands2015
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We waited for low tide and then took the dogs for a walk. It is an awkward climb down the cliff but no worse than others we visited. Used by locals who take pride in picking up trash and keeping it pristine. Walked and walked!...More

Thank VivienneR811
Reviewed 23 January 2016

It really is amazing to see the big waves coming and hitting the beach. It was windy and a nice swell was on.

Thank Rafael G
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is the walkway easier to walk on for the elderly or those carrying heavy stuff? And what time does the beach close?
8 November 2015|
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Response from Joseph N | Reviewed this property |
No the path is not elderly friendly and the beach closes at sunset I believe.
Hi, What are your working hours? Do we need to make a reservation for a Wednesday- Thursday diner in September? Thanks, Victoria.
2 July 2015|
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Response from Joseph N | Reviewed this property |
Popular Beach is a public beach, opens at 7am
Nathan A
Is there any portion of the beach that is accessible, or even approachable after hours?? I need to propose, and being on the sand isn't necessarily important as just being close to the beach.
15 May 2015|
Response from Joseph N | Reviewed this property |
Yes the paved walk way on the clif above the beach is open and has some beautiful overlooks that would be great for your event. Congratulations