Pomponio State Beach
LocationSan Mateo County, California
Nearest citySan Gregorio
Coordinates37°17′30″N 122°24′27″W / 37.29167°N 122.40750°W / 37.29167; -122.40750
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

Pomponio State Beach is a state beach of California in the United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) south of Half Moon Bay off California State Route 1.[1]

This coastal strip lies between Pescadero and San Gregorio State Beaches. It is made up of several miles of sloping, sandy beaches and a small lagoon below high sandstone bluffs.[1]

A parking lot and a picnic area are available for public use during the day. There are hiking trails and beach access. No camping is available. Dogs and campfires are not permitted on the beach.[1]

The beach was named after José Pomponio Lupugeym, a Bolinas Native American and outlaw.[2] He was a captain of a group that called itself Los Insurgentes, and was captured and executed in 1824.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c California Department of Parks and Recreation (2009). "Pomponio State Beach". Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  2. ^ Morrall, J. (2008-06-19). "The "Outlaw" Pomponio & The Historical Art of David Gremard Romero". Half Moon Bay Memories and El Granada Observer. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 298. ISBN 0-520-21316-5.