About Mirada Surf Beach in Half Moon Bay, California
Mirada Surf Beach is below a park known as Mirada Surf West located between the Half Moon Bay communities of Miramar and El Granada.
Mirada Road is the beachfront road in Miramar and it used to continue north along the shore, but the ocean took it away long ago. Back then the beach was known as Vallejo Beach. Each year the beach gets smaller and encroaches on the streets, buildings and trails along this shoreline.
The bluff behind the beach is very steep and crumbly so the best access to the sand below the park is from Magellan Avenue in Miramar. Surfer’s Beach is next to the Pillar Point Harbor at the north end of this beach.
A section of the California Coastal Trail passes through Mirada Surf West for walkers, bicyclists, equestrians, and dog walkers to share. This section of the CCT is called the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail and it goes south into Half Moon Bay State Park which has much better beaches.
Across Highway 1 is a small dirt parking lot for another San Mateo County park called Mirada Surf East which has hiking trails that lead uphill to Quarry Park.
Parking is slim but there are spots at the end of Mirada Road near the address 203 Mirada Rd. There’s also a parking lot at the Miramar Beach Restaurant if you are planning on grabbing a bite to eat.
- Magellan Ave & Mirada Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
- Park Name
- Mirada Surf West, Mirada Surf East, Quarry Park
- Other Names
- Vallejo Beach, Arroyo de En Medio
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed on leash on beach, on paved trail, and at the park
- Free parking
- Beachcombing, Biking, Hiking, Running, Jogging, Walking
- Paved Bike Path, Picnic Tables, Trails, Restrooms
Lawsuits are being filed to save the homes on the waterfront in Mirada Surf. Winter storms keep eroding the bluffs here and rock barriers are needed to save the homes. Managed retreat is a tough topic.