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About Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay, California

Poplar Beach is a city-run beach in Half Moon Bay, CA. Poplar is a popular beach with families, dog owners, and even horseback riders which sometimes adds a horse poop smell to the beach access. From the parking lot you’ll have to hike the steep trail down to the beach. Bring sturdy shoes for the hike down the bluff. Once on the sand you can ditch the shoes and walk quite a ways in either direction.

To get to Poplar Beach turn off Highway 1 onto Poplar Street toward the ocean. At the end near the edge of the bluff you’ll find the large paved parking lot. The paved Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail runs north and south from this lot. It’s great for walking, running, and riding bikes.

Poplar St and Railroad Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Park Name
Bluff Top Coastal Park
Other Names
Blufftop Beach
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee for parking
Hiking, Biking, Running, Fishing, Beach Walking, Equestrian Use
Toilets, Paved Bike Path
Map of Poplar Beach
Half Moon Bay, US
9:13 am, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 65°F
L: 51° H: 65°
Feels like 64.26 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 5 m/s
UV Index: 2.41
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:51 am
Sunset: 8:24 pm
Humidity 71 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 5 m/s

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August 26, 2023

it is too windy and too cold most of the time