San Gregorio State Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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San Gregorio State Beach

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  • San Gregorio has a nice day use area.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • The trail down to the beach offers a great view of the creek.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • Crossing San Gregorio Creek.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • The beach is expansive.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • A huge driftwood sculptures grace the beach across the creek.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • View north.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • A fine spot for a nap.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • San Gregorio is big enough for everyone to find solitude.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • View north.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • A small sea cave on San Gregorio beach.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • San Gregorio Creek.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • The view north from the bluffs.- San Gregorio State Beach
  • The  view south from the bluffs.- San Gregorio State Beach
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Pros: 
Gorgeous wide beach. Lots of room to hike. Driftwood sculptures.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
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San Gregorio State Beach is another of the chain of lovely beaches between Half Moon Bay and Año Nuevo State Park along the San Francisco Peninsula coast. Characterized by 200-foot bluffs and a large, driftwood-strewn estuary, San Gregorio at low tide is also a beach that can be walked quite far in either direction. The driftwood is one of the highlights of this beach, but to access it one must cross San Gregorio Creek, which might require a bit of wading if recent rains have swelled the creek. Many people build shelters or sculptures out of the driftwood, which makes a unique landscape at times.

There are restrooms, plenty of parking spaces and lots of picnic tables on the bluff above the beach. With the right tide conditions, it is possible to hike south along the beach three miles to Pomponio State Beach and over a mile north. But be aware that about a mile north is a private, fee-based, clothing-optional beach that does not restrict access from the beach side but which may surprise beach walkers who don't expect it.

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