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Type of Attraction
Beaches, Lakes, Rivers
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Sports & Recreation, Photography, Outdoors
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Dirt/off-road walking
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Not Available
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Big Wave Surf Spot

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Pillar Point Harbor
Half Moon Bay, CA 94018


Maverick's is not an ordinary surf spot. Ordinary surf spots do not have signs warning of the ocean's penchant for freak waves dragging innocent bystanders into the sea. Ordinary surf spots don't have waves so big they sound like bombs going off when they break. Ordinary surf spots do not have an elite crew of big-wave surfers on a 24-hour call so that they can descend from Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, and Malibu just to surf their waves. No, Maverick's is more of a pilgrimage for those surfers brave enough to bear its punishing weather and dangerous waves. The name of its annual big-wave surf contest is telling: "The Men Who Ride Mountains." If you want to see the ocean's force in its purest form and those courageous enough to try and ride it, Maverick's will take your breath away.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: Mavericks is best viewed during daylight hours when you can watch the surfers and the waves.
Visit Time: 1hr-3hr
Average Wait Time: None
Notes: Time spent here depends on if you are just wave watching, or here for the contest.
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Walking
Notes: Park the car as close as possible then walk to the cliffs.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Parking Safety: Safe
Notes: Parking is available in the Pillar Point Harbor lot or in the grass lot on Capistrano Ave.

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