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Montara State Beach is a wide, mile-long beach just north of Montara along the San Mateo County Coast. Behind the beach are stunning sculpted sandstone cliffs making this a very photogenic spot. Montara State Beach is part of the Montara State Marine Reserve. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.
Site Captains: Meet Eva, Iona & Janice!
Time: The 2nd Saturday of the month from 9 to 11am (except for April and Sept, when we do special cleanups for Earth Day and Coastal Cleanup Day). Check the online calendar to know when is the next scheduled Montara Beach Cleanup. NOTE: Rain will cancel the event.
Where to Meet: The parking lot is on the north side of the large building across from first street. If coming from Pacifica, go past the first Montara Beach parking lot, and turn in to the lot right next to the building.
Cleanup Areas: We will clean the beach, the bluffs, the parking lots, and both sides of the road from La Costanera restaurant to the north parking lot.
Supplies: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves, buckets and specific tools for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. The weather is changeable: make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: Expect to pick up plastic wrappers, cigarette butts, burnt pallets, other debris and recycling. We try to plan cleanups after spring and summer holidays when more trash is left.
Restrooms: There is a public restroom in the South Parking Lot – South of La Costanera restaurant.
Be sure to read through the Cleanup Guidelines before attending a cleanup.
More questions? Read our Beach Cleanup FAQs.
Would You Like to Join Us? To make sure we bring the right amount of supplies, to be more efficient and conserve paper, please complete our online form. It will only take you a few seconds. Make sure to check our calendar to find out when is the next cleanup before signing up. If you checked our calendar register here!
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