Redondo Beach on Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, California
Redondo Beach is just south of downtown Half Moon Bay and just north of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links in the Ocean Colony community. It’s a long sandy beach with eroded bluffs behind, a reef for tidepooling, and trails for exploring. It’s a great place for birdwatching too.
Behind and north of Redondo Beach you’ll find a large area that includes Wavecrest Open Space which has been protected by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). The Wavecrest Trail starts at the beach parking lot and meanders north along the bluff all the way to Poplar Beach. The Trail is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and dog walking.
The beach parking lot is located at the end of Redondo Beach Road off Highway 1 and is clearly signed. After you park in the lot above the bluff, you’ll have to find a path to the beach as there isn’t one designated descent. If you head north on the dirt trail from the parking area you’ll find a route that isn’t as steep as the ones right at the parking lot where erosion has made them dangerous. Bring sturdy shoes to hike down with as flip flops would be risky.
It’s possible to walk north on the sandy beach all the way to Half Moon Bay State Beach from here. At lower tides you can walk south to the Half Moon Bay Tide Pools at Miramontes Point below the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort. A more direct access to the tide pools and the sandy beach below the resort can be found at Pelican Point Beach. The Redondo lot is a popular place to park for mountain bike rides on the old roads in the open space lands.
Redondo Beach Rd and Thorne Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
- Park Name
- Wavecrest Open Space
- Other Names
- Wavecrest Beach
- Beachcombing, Tidepooling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Walking, Running, Beach Walking, Birdwatching
- Tide Pools, Trails, No Facilities
- Pet Policy
- Dogs allowed on trails and beach
- No fee for parking