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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. The beach here is narrow and the erosion is

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. Restrooms can be found at the trail entrance at Magellan Ave.

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 in Miramar, but there are spots along the road shoulders of Magellan Ave and Coronado Ave. There’s also a parking lot at the Miramar Beach Restaurant if you are planning on grabbing a bite to eat before going to the beach.

Address
Magellan Ave & Mirada Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone
650-355-8289
Park Name
Mirada Surf West, Mirada Surf East, Quarry Park
Other Names
Vallejo Beach, Arroyo de En Medio
Owner
County
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash on beach, on paved trail, and at the park
Fees
Free parking
Activities
Beachcombing, Biking, Hiking, Running, Jogging, Walking
Amenities
Paved Bike Path, Picnic Tables, Trails, Restrooms
Map of Mirada Surf Beach
El Granada, US
12:35 pm, June 24, 2024
temperature icon 73°F
L: 49° H: 73°
Feels like 72.41 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 6 m/s
UV Index: 10.25
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:49 am
Sunset: 8:34 pm
Humidity 63 %
Pressure1014 mb
Wind 6 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Surfers Beach

0.3 miles away

Surfers Beach is just outside the rock jetty that protects Pillar Point Harbor across Highway 1 from the community...

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Miramar Beach

0.4 miles away

Miramar Beach parallels Mirada Road in the Half Moon Bay neighborhood of Miramar. The beach and the road are...

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May 13, 2023

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.

https://grist.org/housing/california-managed-retreat-half-moon-bay-coastal-commission/

Joanie