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About Elmar Beach at Half Moon Bay State Beach in Half Moon Bay, California

Elmar Beach is a section of Half Moon Bay State Beach between Francis and Venice Beaches. Pilarcitos Creek pools up and sometimes breaches to the ocean at Elmar Beach (at other times it can flow all the way to Venice Beach). This pool also cuts off the most direct beach access from a Half Moon Bay neighborhood behind Elmar Beach. A long footbridge over the creek and wetlands eventually drops you off at Elmar Beach if coming from the north.

Since many of the other beaches near Half Moon Bay have easier access, they will be busier than this spot. You will be rewarded with relative solitude if you venture out to this area. Swimming is dangerous here due to cold water temps and strong rip currents.

To get to Elmar, just walk or bike the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail from the day-use parking lots at Venice Beach (north) or Francis Beach (south). If you are staying at the Francis Beach Campground, it’s just a short walk north on the trail or the beach from your camp spot.

End of Venice Blvd or Kelly Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Park Name
Half Moon Bay State Beach
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on beach, but OK on Coastal Trail if leashed
Fee for parking
Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Birdwatching, Beachcombing
Paved Bike Path, No Facilities
Map of Elmar Beach at Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half Moon Bay, US
4:15 pm, May 25, 2024
temperature icon 61°F
L: 51° H: 61°
Feels like 59.83 °F haze
Wind gusts: 7 m/s
UV Index: 4.68
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:53 am
Sunset: 8:20 pm
Humidity 69 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 7 m/s

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