Moon Bay State Beach
parking lots and restroom facilities at Francis, Venice, Dunes,
Roosevelt, and Cowell Beaches. Fees are collected for each
vehicle at all beach parking lots. Popular activities along
these 3 miles of state beach include fishing, sunbathing, kite
flying, surfing, and walking. The Coastside Trail runs along the
eastern boundary of the four beaches, providing close to a
3-mile stretch to walk, jog, or ride bikes. A horse trail
parallels the Coastside Trail from Dunes Beach to Francis Beach.
|A wide, clean, sandy
beach from which one may spot harbor seals or gray whales during
migration. Good surf casting.
Nuevo State Reserve
|Only visible mainland
breeding grounds for elephant seals. Reservations necessary Dec.
through March (800) 444-4445; walk in remainder of year, which
also offers wildflower and shorebird observation. Popular
V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
|This rocky seashore
hosts a living community of marine life that is of great
interest to visitor and naturalist alike. A variety of seaweed,
crabs, sponges, sea anemones, molluscs, starfish, and fish make
their homes in the intertidal, that area between low and high
tide. Excellent tidepooling, reefs exposed at low tides,
earthquake fault visible, and birding. Open sunrise to sunset.
Docent walks on weekends; call (650) 728-3588 for schedule.
Marsh Natural Preserve
|Restored wetlands are
home to nesting great blue herons and great white egrets.
Excellent birding throughout the year, especially during
Point Marsh and Shoreline & Mavericks Wave
| Although tiny,
Pillar Point Marsh is a paradise for lucky bird watchers. Follow
the trail around the point to the breakwater and tidepools.
California sea lions bask on the jagged rocks. Surfers catch the
famous Mavericks Wave just west of the point.
Ranch State Beach
|A pocket beach brings
to mind secluded privacy, which you will discover at this beach.
Over 100 steps lead from the trail's end to a delightful 1/4
mile long sandy cove, walled by precipitous sandstone ridges.
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