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“A piece of history perserved”

Cowell Ranch State Beach
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Owner description: The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.
Reviewed 25 July 2012

A small well preserved hamlet and former ranch perserved along with long trails leading to cliff side views. A true small gem of long gone history not to be missed as you travel north on Hwy 1.

Thank dominoman
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

nice walk thru coastal trails and bluffs to the beach.

Thank GaryW
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

This was a nice private location open to the public. You have to really watch for the sign for the area as it is small and we nearly drove by it but there is a small parking lot that is free. You have a small hike which is pleasant and at the end of it you are welcomed by the ocean with a great view of seals to the left. There are many birds nesting and it is a great place for pictures. A spot you don't want to miss if you are in this area.

Thank CubaqueenOntario
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

This is our favorite beach in Half Moon Bay. It does not have a lot of parking spaces, so it can be a challenge to find parking on weekends especially during the summer. The beach is very clean with beautiful sand. There is a ten-minute walk from the parking lot to the scenic overlook, then you can take a set of stairs to go down to the beach.

There is a Cowell-Purisima Trail that starts at the scenic overlook. You will enjoy some fantastic views along the way.

This beach is normally not very crowded, its limited parking and the 10-minute walk are the two major reasons. We like the way it is though - quiet and pretty. The Cowell-Purisima trail makes this beach even more attractive, because you can either go to the beach or take the costal trail, and you can always do both.

2  Thank y2012
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

I love this beach. It's a slight hike to it, which makes it a little more quiet. Not a lot of people, and nice quiet little cove to sit and watch the day go by.

2  Thank CassieKat306
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