Montara State Beach
Located a little over 30 kilometres south of San Francisco, west of Highway 1 and nestled between bounding low hills, this beach boasts a sandy shore and high bluffs. Montara Mountain, also known as McNee Ranch, looms above to the east.
Beachgoers here can enjoy basking in the sun and recharging their batteries. People also flock here to take a relaxing stroll on the soft sand along the seashore. Although this beach is in a less developed area, you can find restaurants and grocery stores nearby in the towns of Montara and Moss Beach.
This is a popular spot for surfing, but beware that the water temperature is cold year round. Even a short swim could cause cramps or hypothermia. In addition, strong rip currents are present and can pull even the most experienced swimmers out to sea.
Drinking water is not available at the beach, so don’t forget to bring a few bottles of your favourite hydration along. However, nearby parking, restrooms and picnic areas are available.
The area is surrounded by McNee Ranch, consisting of winding trails and sweeping coastal views, perfect for anyone who is keen on doing a bit of exploring. Travellers interested in non-traditional accommodations will find their beacon of light at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. Perched on a cliff overlooking the rocky Pacific coast, the Point Montara lighthouse was once one of the most important signals for navigators approaching San Francisco.
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