Watch the Sunset at Martin's Beach

San Francisco Martin's Beach

Added by Alysha Painter

This beautiful, rarely crowded beach has amazing sunsets and unique rock formations. There are a number of cute farm/beach houses nearby.

Martin's Beach is a beach about 7 miles south of Half Moon Bay. It features a large, very cool looking rock formation right off the coast. This beach is accessible via Martin's Beach Road, which is a small turn off on your right when southbound on Highway 1, though sometimes the road is only open to locals. If the gate is closed there is a dirt lot right next to the turnoff where you can park and walk down from there (.5 mile walk).

The beach is ideal for picnics, hanging out, romantic evenings, and watching the sun set behind the large rock formation.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Blanket
  • Picnic supplies
  • Jacket (the Northern California coast gets cold!)
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Chillin, Photography, Swimming

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Year Round



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8 months ago


You caught it on a beautiful day! Great shots

8 months ago

8 months ago

My Childhood Beach

I grew up on this beach with the old owners' grandchildren. I had some of the best times of my life here. One of my favorite places ever :)

8 months ago

Hidden Gem!

This beach is closed to public now, but it's well worth jumping some gates if you want to! ;)

8 months ago

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