Half Moon Bay
Located in San Mateo County, Half Moon Bay is 28 miles south of San Francisco. Half Moon Bay is home to a historic downtown and plenty of hidden beaches such as Pomponio, San Gregario and Cowell Ranch State Park. The area is an ideal escape from the bustling San Francisco.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Located just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Point Lobos is a popular destination for hiking, lookout points and smaller beaches. It is also known for its unparalleled scuba diving scenery. Point Lobos is so beautiful and unique that landscape artist Francis McComas called Point Loma, “the greatest place of land and water in the world.” Gibson and Sandy Beach are two popular hangout spots in the park.
Big Sur Secluded Beaches
Between Carmel and Big Sur you’ll notice long stretches of secluded beaches. Most have a pull out point where you can park your car along with wooden stairs that lead to the beach. The current may be too rough for swimming, but it’s a perfect spot to enjoy a beach walk all by yourself.