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About Ross Cove Beach in Half Moon Bay, California

Ross Cove Beach is on the north side of Pillar Point between Half Moon Bay and the city of Moss Beach. The cove is inside the boundary of the San Mateo County-operated Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. On the south side of Pillar Point is Maverick’s Beach, the site of the annual Maverick’s Surf Competition. Above Ross Cove Beach is the Pillar Point Bluff Park with trails for jogging and dog-walking.

To find Ross Cove from Highway 1, drive through town of Princeton-by-the-Sea and then drive north on West Point Avenue to the end at the Pillar Point Marsh day-use parking lot. There are a couple trails that descend the steep bluff west of the parking area (across the road). One is up the Air Force Military Facility road right before their gate and the other is up the gated radio tower road directly west of the tower. Inspect the routes before descending as coastal conditions and bluff trails are always changing due to erosion. At high tide and during storms this beach may not be accessible or safe.

W Point Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Park Name
James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Pillar Point Bluff Park
Other Names
Ross' Cove
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
No fee for parking
Surfing, Beachcombing, Whale Watching, Hiking
Toilets, Trails
Map of Ross Cove Beach
El Granada, US
5:53 am, April 18, 2024
temperature icon 51°F
L: 51° H: 61°
Feels like 50.34 °F few clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:30 am
Sunset: 7:47 pm
Humidity 91 %
Pressure1014 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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