Cowell Ranch Beach

Cowell Ranch Beach is a little known beach just south of Half Moon Bay. The beach was purchased by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) in the 1980’s and is now part of the State Park system. Reaching the beach entails a half mile walk through a farm easement to reach the bluff and then a staircase descent to the beach. Thus, there is much less visitation compared with many of the other beaches along the San Mateo coast where parking is available right next to the beach. One interesting facet of Cowell Ranch Beach is the consistency of the sand, which is course and more like tiny rock granules – not good for sand castle building. We enjoyed the unusually warm and clear weather for January by spending the afternoon on this beach watching the waves breaking and taking in the clean ocean air. We also had some hot, fresh-baked artichoke garlic herb bread from Arcangeli Bakery in Pescadero. We found out why this bestselling bread is so famous as we devoured an entire loaf between the two of us 🙂

Cowell Ranch Beach
Cowell Ranch Beach
View of the beach from the above
View of the beach from the above

Cowell Ranch Beach
North end of the beach
Serena on the beach
Serena on the beach
Me on the beach
Me on the beach
Serena holding the hot artichoke garlic bread from Arcengeli Bakery in Pescadero
Serena holding the hot artichoke garlic bread from Arcangeli Bakery in Pescadero
Mmmm... tasty bread
Mmmm... tasty bread
Beach on the other side of the overlook with no access
Beach on the other side of the overlook with no access
Looking up at the bluff
Looking up at the bluff
Enjoying the afternoon
Enjoying the afternoon
Nice afternoon light
Nice afternoon light
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