Martin’s beach is a beautiful crescent shaped beach surrounded by cliffs on either side, in Half Moon Bay, California. After years of open public access, it was cut off to public access in 2010 when owner and billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, locked the gate to the beach road, erected signage, and hired security guards to exclude the public from the only access road. In 2012, Surfrider Foundation helped to successfully defend the Martin’s 5 who were ticketed for trespassing when they went to surf. In 2013, Surfrider Foundation sued the property owner for violation of the California Coastal Act. And in 2014, we received a favorable ruling in that case. Surfrider Foundation refuses to back down from this fight until the community beach is open again to the public.

The Surfrider Foundation San Mateo County Chapter has been engaged in this effort to re-establish public access to Martin’s Beach, and to preserve the beach and public access to it for future generations to enjoy. Stay updated on campaign efforts, learn more, share your love for Martin’s Beach, and get involved.


Photo by Barbara Kossy


Martin’s Beach in the News:

Tech Exec Relents, Opens Public Access to Martins Beach Near Half Moon Bay (CBS SF), October 3, 2017.

California moving to seize public beach closed off by tech billionaire (Sacramento Bee), June 19, 2017.

Martins Beach hitting Senate: State, county considering funds to reinstate public access (The Daily Journal), May 26, 2017.