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.''