In the past, this beach has also been known as Grey Whale Cove or Edun (nude spelled backwards) Cove, but these days it's usually called Devil's Slide, for the landslides that frequently close the highway nearby.
The beach was run by a concessionaire until spring, 2001, but today it's run by the California state parks system.
Get a map and directions.
- 300-yard-long sandy beach bounded by two hills
- Very clean
- Best in September and October, chilly rest of year
- Lots of wildlife, even an occasional great white shark
Who's at Devil's Slide Beach
The number of textile visitors is increasing and nude sunbathers tend to gather at the north end. Gawkers can be a problem.
Devil's Slide Beach Facilities
Restrooms available. Fires not allowed and dogs not permitted.
Devil's Slide Beach Activities
Sunbathing, whale watching. Swimming not recommended
More Nude Beaches Close to Devil's Slide
- San Gregorio: About 10 miles north
- San Francisco County Nude Beaches
- Santa Cruz County Nude Beaches
- Marin County Nude Beaches
Nudity Laws and Devil's Slide Beach
Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location and fines are stiff in some places. I have made every effort to provide accurate information, but the responsibility for knowing the law at Grey Whale Cove is yours.
Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach and check the nudity laws too.
Devil's Slide Beach Reviews and Rating
The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Devil's Slide a grade of "A" and our readers seem to like it, too.
What Our Readers Have to Say
Gray Whale Cove
Was there this past May for the Bay to Brakers. Now the temp that weekend was around 100. and nothing but blue sky. So since I flew out from NC I really had nothing to do so I gave it a try. That beach is AWESOME sand and water cooler not bad For San Mateo county.
Water was chilly but so what go for it. The thing is I use to live in Pacifica, SSF and Belmont and never knew. I guess I lived a sheltered life.
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Devil's Slide Compared to Other San Mateo County Nude Beaches
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If you want an interactive version of the map, would like to convert to a close-up satellite map that shows the beaches and trails or need driving directions, use our San Mateo County Beach map at Google.
Driving DirectionsCA Hwy 1 south of San Francisco and north of Half Moon Bay
You can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. It's between milepost 37.7 and 38.06. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker
If you're driving south on CA Hwy 1 from San Francisco and Pacifica, Devil's Slide Beach is just south of the Devil's Slide tunnels. There's a ruined building on top of the cliff just before you get there. The parking lot is on the left side of the road where an unmarked road goes uphill.
If you're driving north on CA Hwy 1 from Half Moon Bay, the parking lot is on the right, shortly after you pass telephone Call Box number SM 1 375. It's 1.2 miles north of La Costanera restaurant, which used to be called the Chart House.
ParkingParking lot on the east side of CA Hwy 1 and it is open from from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
In August, 2013, the Bay Guardian reported that there are plans for "new parking lots on either side of the highway, giving Devil's Slide a parking area on the ocean side for the first time" - and the state parks department also plans to improve the stairway that leads down to the beach.
Walking from Parking Lot to the BeachCross CA Hwy 1 and look for the gate (see picture on the next page), using EXTREME care when crossing the highway and walking beside it
Follow the paved driveway downhill to the entrance
A 146-step wooden staircase leads to the sand
Once you get there, you'll your fellow naturists at the north end, past rocks that separate it from the rest of the beach. It's easiest to get there when the tide is low.
This is the road that leads down toward the beach from the highway.