Location: San Mateo County, CA
Features: This surf spot is located just north of the point at Ano Nuevo, and it is officially located in San Mateo County. It is just north of Ano Nuevo, which is the last spot in Santa Cruz. You should see a lighthouse – you really can’t miss it. The best waves break on the southern side of the lighthouse in the cover. There are some funky reefs that are located offshore. One thing to keep in mind is that this entire area is shark territory.
Beach: It is pretty empty during the week, as well as the weekend. This surf spot is best for experienced surfers. Before you surf here, be very aware that this whole area is great white shark territory. A lot of people say that this surf spot isn’t worth the risk. If you want to do a little surfing during the day and stay there at night, there is a youth hostel at the lighthouse, and it is very affordable and offers a great scenic view. You’ll hardly ever see anyone surfing out here, and there’s a reason for that. You might want to surf about a mile to the south at Gazo’s Creek, to reduce your chances of a shark attack.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Keep your things from getting wet
Seal your things on a dry sack so they don’t get wet if you plan to stay at the beach.
2) Chill at the beach
Since it’s not advisable to go into the water, you could just do sunbathing a few feet away from the shoreline where the sharks can’t catch you.
3) Take a stroll
It’s always a good idea to just take a stroll along the beach and feel the sand in your toes. Just be careful to not step on anything sharp.