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Ponder the Ocean’s Expanse at Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay

February 20, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay

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Half Moon Bay has the quintessential Northern California coastline of bluffs, cliffs, and beautiful, yet cold waters. Unlike some of the area’s other popular beaches Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay is off the beaten path, making it a nice alternative to the more populous spots. Located in a residential neighborhood, it’s easy to get to while being just enough out of the way, and without free parking, that it is typically a quiet beach.

This is one of the best places to experience the whole Half Moon Bay. As you look out from Poplar Beach you’ll see cliffs to both North and South as the horseshoe shape of the bay curves in around you. To the north, you’ll see Pillar Point Harbor, with Mavericks out to sea from there. There is no view that compares to it on the West Coast, so be sure to appreciate it while there.

There are more advantages to this beach than its habit of being sparsely populated. Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay is the only dog-friendly beach in the area, attracting dog lovers and their furry friends who love to splash after sticks or balls in the waves. If you’re interested in taking a long walk with your pooch this is the perfect destination, as the bluff above the beach is home to a leg of Half Moon Bay’s Coastal Trail. This great recreational trail stretches most of the length of the town and is a great place to get some exercise.

If you’re into bird-watching this Poplar Beach bluff has been known as an exceptional place to sight rare and large birds. Hawks are frequently seen nonchalantly perched on the railing at the edge of the bluff, probably stalking prey on the beach below. Bring your binoculars for other potential wildlife sightings. This is a great vantage from which to spot whales out at sea as well.

While Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay is in a quieter part of town is its still just half a mile down the coast from the Half Moon Bay State Beach where many of the area’s popular restaurants are, including the pier where you can buy fish fresh off the boat. You walk up the beach to get to the bustle of Half Moon Bay’s coastal attractions, or take the Coastside Trail if walking in the sand isn’t your thing.

If you’re looking for a truly unique beach experience Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay is frequented by seasoned equestrians and beach trail rides. Check in with the Sea Horse Ranch to see about available trail rides and pricing. This is a fun way to explore the Bay, and you don’t need to have any experience to have a great time.

If you’re looking for the perfect Northern California vacation any time of year, the Mill Rose Inn offers the perfect small town retreat. Located right downtown by all the best restaurants and shops in this charming beach town, you’ll love our Victorian style rooms, famous gardens and gourmet breakfasts.