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San Gregorio State Beach is located on the rural San Mateo County coast approximately 11 miles south of the city of Half Moon Bay.

Virtually deserted for much of the year the beach attracts most of its visitors during the late summer months when temperatures rise to almost unbearable levels inland. The park features several ecological zones, a long and relatively wide surf zone, windswept coastal bluffs, and a large estuary which is a haven for all sorts of wildlife including the endangered Western Snowy Plover.

San Gregorio State Beach's most well known feature has long been its abundance of driftwood. Visitors enjoy creating sculptures and structures from the driftwood.

In this photo a small hut has been erected. Aside from being an artistic endeavor the small structures constructed at the beach also serve the practical purpose of being wind breaks to the steady and often strong winds experienced along this coastline.

Of notable historic interest, this beach is the site of California State Historic Landmark #26 being a place where Spanish explorer Captain Gaspar de Portola's expedition camped in 1769 before discovering the San Francisco Bay.

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