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Montara State Beach

Montara State Beach is a popular dog-friendly destination in Half Moon Bay, CA. Pets are allowed to join you on this beach as long as they are on a leash under six feet. This area is really popular for people who want to explore tide pools and partake in a little bit of surf fishing. While you're there, you can check out Montara Mountain as well, featuring the only undisturbed coastal mountain habitat across 100 miles of coastline. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Montara State Beach has received a rating of 3.8 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Danielle
    Jun 28, 2021
    Good for a day trip

    The weather was a bit brisk, 66 degrees against a forecast of 75. Took my pup and littles to the beach where there were a lot of other families with pups in tow.
    The sand is a bit rough- suggest water shoes unless your feet are calloused. I was very disappointed by the fact that we had to walk around several piles of dog poop on the beach, clearly people do not clean up after their pets. It is not likely that we will return to this location.

  • Gregory
    Mar 20, 2019
    Lots Of Trails

    Lots of trails along the Cliffside and of course a beautiful stretch of beach. As noted by others, not many places for trash.

  • Liz C
    More than a year ago
    great beach but steep

    Wonderful beach for pups but steep climb and no garbage cans

  • Haley
    More than a year ago
    Definitely worth it

    I liked this beach! I recommend checking what is going on in Half Moon Bay before going. I took my 12 year old border collie on a weekend when there was marathon. Big mistake! No parking anywhere! Thankfully, I got lucky finding the last available parking spot right as a family was packing up to leave.
    The getting to the beach was a struggle. The stairs lead into a lagoon of muck.. Locals happened to be near us and showed us the best way to the beach (through the railing over a small unstable bridge). My pup has arthritis and ended up ditching the bridge and walking through the muck...
    Once we got there, it was perfect! The sand was nice and warm, but not too hot.
    Very friendly dogs and the tide was just right.
    Not what I expected at first, but well worth the struggle to get there.
    Definitely going back to that beach😊
    I do give 4 bones because there were no trashcan for pet waste and because the way to the beach was such a hassle.

  • Coleen
    More than a year ago
    Montara Beach

    Very nice & clean beach. Would have rated it a 5 but there were no garbage cans for those poop bags! We had to carry our bags to the dumpster by the restaurant, back up on the highway.

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