About Tunitas Creek Beach in Half Moon Bay, California
Tunitas Creek Beach is a large, but hard-to-reach beach along Highway 1 south of Half Moon Bay. Those who get to visit the beach would agree that this is one of the most spectacular ocean beaches near the Bay Area. The highway bridge over Tunitas Creek gives you a peek-a-boo view of this stunning spot, but access is challenging at this point in time. It will get better however thanks for a local land trust.
There is a pull-out parking area on the ocean side of Highway 1 south of the bridge. From there a path leads to the bluff where a steep and eroded trail descends to the beach. It has fixed ropes on the final section, but keep in mind that ropes wear out over time so don’t put all your weight on it while descending. If the trail is wet it is not climbable as the dirt gets very slippery. Only capable people that are comfortable with steep trails should attempt to go all the way to the beach. Bring sturdy shoes and a backpack to carry what you’ll need for the day so your hands will be free while going down the trail. Even if you don’t go down the last section, there is a great view of the beach from the top of it.
Once on the beach walk north and cross Tunitas Creek if possible and continue up to see the vertical cliff walls. These high walls are very impressive, but stay back as they can drop rocks. The south end is punctuated by a point that separates this beach from San Gregorio State Beach.
Camping on Tunitas Creek Beach has been tolerated in the past, but it’s illegal now as the county passed an ordinance banning camping, alcohol, bonfires, and loud music to discourage parties.
Peninsula Open Space Trust has purchased the 58 acres above the beach and south of the creek. Eventually it will become a San Mateo County beach park and we hope beach access will be much improved. See the comments below for updates on this future county park.
- Cabrillo Hwy S & Tunitas Creek Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
- Park Name
- Tunitas Creek Beach County Park (future)
- Trust & County Beach
- Pet Details
- Dogs are not allowed on the beach
- No fee for parking
- Surfing, Beach Exploration, Birdwatching
- Creek, High Bluffs, Trails, No Facilities
Here is an update from POST on the future of this amazing beach.