News - June 20, 2007

Whaler's Cove reopens to public thanks to POST

A cove south of Half Moon Bay that has been closed to the public for more than a decade is being reopened for the enjoyment of nature lovers and beachgoers.

Peninsula Open Space Trust purchased Whaler's Cove in May 2000 after the owner decided to build a nine-unit motel on the property and also erected a chain link fence blocking access to the beach, according to a statement from POST.

POST built recycled redwood stairs from the scenic bluff near California Coastal Trail down to the rocky beach making it accessible for the first time in 13 years.

Whaler's Cove has a unique past. Portuguese fishermen used the beach to haul catch, and timber was loaded and shipped to other parts of the world. Some historical remains can still be seen.

"It's hard to believe that access to the cove, where tide pools team with sea life and whales make their graceful migration, was nearly closed forever when the previous owner posted 'No Trespassing' signs and put up a fence obstructing the way to the beach,'' POST President Audrey Rust said. "Thanks to POST supporters, the motel and fence are gone and the beach at Whaler's Cove is now accessible to all who wish to enjoy it."

Located 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay on state Highway 1, Whaler's Cove is part of Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and is owned and operated by California State Parks.

"A visit to Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park is inspiring. We hope visitors will enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of Whaler's Cove while exploring California's rich maritime history,'' Paul Keel, supervising ranger for California Coastal State Parks, said. "It's no surprise this park is home to many of the most frequently photographed scenic views on the San Mateo Coast. We are pleased that with POST's help we are able to reopen the beach at Whaler's Cove to the public.''

— Bay City News Service


Posted by Valerie Goff, a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2008 at 11:47 pm

I felt the overwhelming need to express how absolutely unforgettable the Whalers' Cove Beach experience is and continues to be every visit(which is every possible time I can!)! It is abundant with spectacular beauty, from the great photo opportunities of Pacific Ocean mixed blue hues to the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse that towers on the cliffs above you! The wonderful thing about this place is the remarkable seclusion and lack of crowds and even when windy in other locations close by, this beach stays relatively calm because of the cliffs surrounding it. When the tide is out this beach takes on a whole new meaning, it's a magical collection of shells, rocks, tidepools that boast lively creatures, starfish clinging to the rock walls and the ocean glimmering and beckoning you to take your up-teenth picture! The Pigeon Point Lighthouse offers lodging in the way of a Hostel! I have stayed there on numerous trips there and highly recommend the experience if you enjoy people and a unique opportunity to stay at such a scenic, historic location with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean with a gorgeous sunset from any spot surrounding the Lughthouse! I hope this place brings the smile to your face that it brings mine and the sun shines brightly on you while you visit!If you are interested in pics as I mentioned earlier I have many incredable shots, please feel free to send me your comments to!

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