Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
The most popular destination for Inn guests is exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve that borders the property. This San Mateo County park is a draw for many residents and visitors alike to explore tide pools, beautiful walking trails and observe the Harbor Seals in their protected environment (yes, there are seals at Seal Cove Inn!). Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and will benefit from the knowledge shared by one of the knowledgeable docents who staff the reserve. Groups of less than 10 may encounter a docent in the park, but it would not be assured. Please see the following link for more information: http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/newffmrsite/
Half Moon Bay State Beach
This four mile stretch of beach kisses the Pacific at the western end of Kelly Street. The waters bring strong currents in from the north, and swimming is not advised. We suggest instead that you enjoy the smooth sands for a morning jog, or in the evenings before heading back in to town for a coastal farm-to-table dinner.
At this roadside favorite for surfers and sand-locked alike, parking is a lot like true love- if you find it, move fast and don't let go! This jetty-side strip of sand will be deep underwater during a high tide but when the old salt is a little further out to sea, it is polka-dotted with bare feet and bottles of sunscreen. Add some snacks and sit back to watch the surfers, skim boarders, and paddle boarders at play, or, rent your own and join in the fun!
Montara State Beach
Enclosed between dramatic cliffs, this two mile beach features a cave-like area filled with come-and-go tide pools. Swimming is not recommended but sun yourself, play kickball, and stroll to your heart's content.
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Named for the gray whales that have been known to make an appearance here, this 800 foot beach is situated off the rocky cliffs just before you reach Montara (driving north from the inn). Access is via a trail leading from the parking lot. Keep an eye out for poison oak if you stop to smell the flowers on your way down - wild blue Douglas Iris, golden-yellow buttercups, and bright pink hollyhocks are all abundant in the spring!
At the far end of Poplar Street (just south of Kelly Avenue) you'll find a long, sandy beach is pocketed away with plentiful parking. This dog-friendly destination is perfect for a game of catch or a run in the sand!
Pescadero State Beach
With a mile of shoreline this popular destination boasts sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities. Just across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. The Reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes and skunks.