From the issue Here's Your Beach
Catch the WavecrestWhen you hear hike-in beach, it’s easy to think of a tiny pocket cove hidden from plain view. Half Moon Bay’s Wavecrest may be hidden, but it’s hardly a pocket! Saved by the Peninsula Open Space Trust from a housing development sprawl and set just north of the Ritz-Carlton, this beautiful beach unravels miles of honey-colored sand backed by 50-foot cliffs. Even on a busy day, there’s so much room that it won’t feel crowded. Get there via a 20-minute bluff walk where Northern Harriers and Red-tailed hawks like to soar above. Spur trails skirt in several directions along this wide, open space, leading to multiple vantages for taking in sweeping views of a dramatic yet sublime coastline. While temperamental waves and strong undertow at Wavecrest can make swimming a little dicey, this place begs for Frisbee, football tossing, or just laying down a big blanket and enjoying one of the largest hike-in beaches in the Bay Area.
Heading south on Hwy. 1 in Half Moon Bay, take a right on Wavecrest Rd. in front of Cameron's Restaurant & Inn. Drive to the end of Wavecrest Rd. and park next to the ballpark. Work your way down to the beach on a mixed-surface path. Veer to the left and don't descend the cliffs if it looks too steep. There are easy routes to the beach, just keep looking (or ask a local)! Dog-friendly!