This quiet and secluded beach is a great place to check out the California coast, tide pools, and a picturesque lighthouse–or perhaps go surf fishing. Use the stairs from a nearby restaurant to get to the beach safely (don’t climb down the cliff!) Montara State Beach includes and is connected to Montara Mountain, also called McNee Ranch.
McNee Ranch south of Pacifica is part of the same park and across Highway 1 from Montara State Beach. Its 625 acres of coastal scrub and chaparral cloak the southwest flank of Montara Mountain. It’s often foggy here, but that means likely to be cool when it's hot inland, and to have some green in […]