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Half Moon Bay,

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Just South of San Francisco ... North of Monterey Bay ... The Diverse Coastline of San Mateo County







Half Moon Bay


Año Nuevo

Purisima Creek Redwoods


Sam McDonald



Montara south through Half Moon Bay and Pescadero down to Davenport: imagine unhurried civility punctuated by unique adventures in nature! Farming and fishing California style are major facets of coastside community life, providing fresh seafood and field produce for residents and many fine restaurants.
Once two stops on the Ocean Shore Railroad, tiny Montara boasts a wide clean beach, a Victorian lighthouse and a significant population of "lone eagles." The latter hark back to the village's beginnings as an art colony and rancho - nurseries. Mount Montara's hiking trails offer a good workout as well as good looks at the ocean, birds, rare plants, and maybe even an endangered red-legged frog.
Just south in Moss Beach, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve has ranger-led tours of the finest tidepools south of Mendocino. Hiking along the bluffs down to Princetown will allow views of shade shingle and Maverick's, a surfing spot renowned for its waves, danger, and difficulty.
The forty miles of shoreline invite fishing, surfing, picnicking, or absolute lethargy. During prohibition, that shoreline was the smuggling base for local Italian and Portuguese fishermen who quenched San Francisco's thirst. Speakeasies, bordellos, and "clubs" have now grown respectable as restaurants and B&Bs.
California's 2nd largest fishing fleet weighs anchor at Pillar Point, where sportfishermen can surf cast or join other boat trips. Walking trails begin here and continue through Half Moon Bay. Bring binoculars for sighting ducks, shorebirds, seals, and the occasional sea otter.
The village of Princeton, located at Pillar Point Harbor, is a destination for both boats and aircraft and offers restaurants, quaint shops, and live music, all within walking distance of harbor and airport. The well-maintained 5,000-foot runway attracts private pilots who come for adventure as well as for the nursery business.
Half Moon Bay has enough historic sites, imaginative food, art galleries, bookstores, and craft shops to fill several days. There's also horseback riding on the beach and a world-class golf course. Flowers are multi-hued and multi-blossomed and provide fragrant pleasure year 'round in many nurseries and garden shops as well as in the monthly Flower Markets held in downtown Half Moon Bay through the Spring and Summer.
South of Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, as romantic as it sounds, has a fine beach and a quaint town one mile inland. A group of 18th-century buildings make this a popular spot for filming old-time movies. In the famous San Gregario Store, one can find kerosene lanterns, New Age music, and surprisingly serious books.
Two miles inland from Pescadero Beach, the town of Pescadero has the best bread bakery. Buy two loaves at Archangelli's - one to eat in the car as you smell the other. Picnic makings, home-made sausage, and local produce are also tempting. Enjoy cream of artichoke soup or grandma's fresh apricot pie at Duarte's, an eating institution since forever.
The weather is always a respite from whatever is going on in the rest of California. It's cool in summer when inland valleys are sweltering; winter varies between exhilarating storms and warm sunny days for whale watching. If there's fog over the hills, it's sunny on the coast and vice versa.
The Half Moon Bay Coastside - a wonderful place to live, a wonderful place to visit. You'll be welcomed at any time of the year!

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