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TOP 3 Tourists Spot in Half Moon Bay via TripAdvisor

The city of Half Moon Bay rests on the Pacific Coast in one of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. It is located approximately 28 miles south of San Francisco which make it one of the favorite tourist destination in the Bay Area.

If you are touring Half Moon Bay for the first time, read on…because you are about to discover the gems in this city.

TripAdvisor has listed top 30 tourist destination in Half Moon Bay and today we will uncover the TOP 3.

1. Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay State Beach
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If you are into picnicing, fishing and sunbathing this is could be the best beach for you. It has four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out perfect for lounging or beach bumming.

Location/Directions
The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 with 3 parking lots in the City of Half Moon Bay. The three parking and beach access points are below:

Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Avenue in the City of Half Moon Bay.
Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Boulevard off Highway 1.
Dunes Beach at the end of Young Avenue off Highway 1.

Learn More About the Half Moon Bay State Beach Here

2. Mavericks

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Mavericks is one of the best surfing location in North California. It has been favorited by a lot of professional surfers. The beach stretches for about 2 miles just reaching Pillar Point Harbor. Many of the world’s best big wave surfers would visit Mavericks during the winter season and challenge the massive waves which can crest at 25 feet and reach up to 80 feet. Not every skilled surfer can become big wave surfer. This is an entire class of riders that take on the most challenging of waves in Maverick, Half Moon Bay. As a matter of fact, the big wave competition at Mavericks is an invitational event and only the most daring surfers accept the risk and challenge of riding such big waves. The great waves are caused by the unique underwater rock formation and needless to say, this is not the ideal place for beginners.

Learn More About Mavericks Here

3. Pescadero Beach

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Pescader means “a place to fish” in Spanish.

Pescadero Beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities.

Pescadero Beach
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Location/Directions
The beach is located 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway One.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities
Dogs are prohibited on the beach and in the Natural Preserve at all times. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.

Learn More About Pescadero Beach Here

Need a room to stay in Half Moon Bay? Checkout Harbor View Inn.

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Top 7 Things To Do in Half Moon Bay

Maximize your stay in Half Moon Bay by finding the perfect activities for leisure and play. Half Moon Bay is a hidden jewel just a few miles away San Francisco.  Here are a few unique and special activities you can do here!

1. Alvaro’s Adventure

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Alvaro Jaramillo, known to many as a well-respected field birder and all-around top-man and owner of Alvaro’s Adventure, runs several California pelagic trips throughout the year. Experience seabirding with Alvaro’s Adventure as they will be having several spring trips this year! Check out their site here for more information.

2. Ano Nuevo State Park

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Witness a a spectacle that’s unlike any other in Ano Nuevo State Park where hundreds of elephant seals of all sizes gather to fight, mate, give birth or just lay around.

There are guided tours conducted by volunteer naturalists, who explain the goings-on and keep the elephants seals and humans safe from each other. If you’re lucky, you will be able to witness a female giving birth to a pup or a skirmish battle between two males.

3. Half Moon Bay Adventures

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See the beauty of Half Moon Bay through the eyes of a real coastal native and explore the natural environment and culture in a way very few people ever do.

Half Moon Bay Adventures offer unique tours and activities custom tailored to your own specific interests and needs. Know more about their adventures here.

4. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a rocky marine reserve in California located just north of Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericksin the San Mateo County community of Moss Beach. It hosts a living community of marine life that is of great interest to visitors and naturalists alike. You’ll be able to see a variety of seaweed, crabs, sponges, seastars, mollusks, and fish here in Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. It’s a beautiful but fragile complex full of educational value. Know more about the place here.

5. Half Moon Bay Golf Links

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Located just a short drive from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay Golf Links radiates stately ambiance in a Georgian revival estate and 36 holes of oceanfront golf. Golf enthusiast will surely enjoy gentle ocean breezes that inspire the senses and the game.

6. Purisima Creek Redwoods

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The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located on the western slopes of historic Kings Mountain in Woodside, California overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks and even free maps for trekkers. Dogs aren’t allowed in the area so just leave your furry friends somewhere comfortable (not your car!).

7. La Nebbia Winery

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Located in the picturesque hills of Half Moon Bay, La Nebbia Winery is the perfect place to take a sip of wine or two and relax. The place features award-winning wines, great food and a an awesome place to gather with good friends, old or new.

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms,  a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

For online reservations, click here. You may also call us at (800) 886-6997.

Fun Things to Do On Valentine’s Day

Make your romantic escape to Half Moon Bay fun with all these Valentine’s Day merriment!

Escape the bustle of the city and de-stress with a relaxing romantic getaway with your most favorite person in the world. These date ideas are perfect whether this your first date or your nth date. The stunning Half Moon Bay Coastside is here to make this once-a-year occasion special for you.

Indulge in Heart Shaped Cheese

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Spend your Valentine’s Day in the romantic roads leading to Harley Farms in Pescadero where you can indulge in freshly made heart-shaped Valentine’s cheeses, seasonal truffles and delicious cheesecakes. You can keep a memento of this very fun day by taking some snapshots  with their very pregnant and happy goats.

Interested? Check out their website here for openings or call (650) 879-0480.

Harley Farms Goat Dairy
205 North Street, PO Box 173
Pescadero, CA 94060

Assemble a Glass Heart

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Head over to Half Moon Bay Art Glass and learn to create hand blown glass hearts for the ones you love. Visitors will gather hot glass from the furnace, color it and then shape it into the heart of their dreams. This is definitely fun, fun, fun!

Half Moon Bay Art Glass at La Nebbia Winery, 12341 San Mateo Road on Hwy 92, (650) 283-5626. You can also book you class here.

Send Love Letters in a Bottle

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Visit Oddyssea and engage in an an interactive retail experience in Downtown Half Moon Bay with two hands-on activities. Oddyssea offers you a chance to create “love letters in a bottle” or Valentine’s Day terrariums, a very fun and entertaining craft which are sure to delight the love of your life.

This fun activity has started since January 31 and will continue through February 14. Make that unique and truly memorable Valentine’s Day gift. Activities are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Click here for more information.

617 Main Street, (650) 440- 4555. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closed Wednesdays.

Kayak with the One You Love

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Paddle through the waters of Pillar Point Harbor on a tandem kayak with the one you love this Valentine’s Day. There may be nothing more romantic than paddling amongst seals, birds, and other marine life in Pillar Point Harbor. Choose among single, double, and triple kayaks to head into the wild blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Interested? Visit their website for more information.

Half Moon Bay Kayak, 2 Johnson Pier, (650) 773-6101.

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms,  a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

For online reservations, click here. You may also call us at (800) 886-6997.

 

This post is an adaptation of visithalfmoonbay‘s Things To Do On Valentine’s Day – Northern California. View the original post here.

7 Travel Hacks for the Christmas Holiday

We love going to places during the Christmas holidays. Mostly because it’s the perfect time for a little rest and relaxation, and because Christmas just makes us want to be with our family. It is undeniable, however, that while we are looking forward for a relaxing break we are not so excited about the stress that comes along with travelling. Holiday travel might be associated with a whole lot of nail-biting and clenched teeth, but it doesn’t have to be like this anymore. Here’s a list of our favorite travel hacks to make travelling a little easier this year.

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1. Enjoy Package Deals

Packaging up your airfare and hotel reservations is like hitting two birds with one stone. Plus, you’ll be able to save more cash. Throw in a car rental to your travel bundle and other whatnot you think is useful while on vacation. There are many travel bundle promos offered online that offer flexible package deals.

2. Make Early Hotel Reservations

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It’s a fact that hotel prices hike way up during the holidays. Be alert for early Christmas promo offers and book early (READ: a few months early).

3. Bring a Scarf

Bring your favorite scarf. It will be your best friend whilst you are travelling. Whether you use it as a blanket, wear it as a fashion accessory, or roll it up like a pillow, a cozy scarf is a versatile travel item for holiday travel.

4. Wear Comfortable Clothing

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No, don’t slip on your 5-inch heels just yet. Save it for the family Christmas party. Wear your most comfortable flat shoes instead.

5. Attach a Ribbon to your suitcase

Unless your suitcase is custom-made, there is always some other guy with the same black suitcase as yours. So save yourself the hassle of picking up the wrong suitcase. Attach a bright colored ribbon or sticker to your suitcase to make it stand out.  That way it’ll be literally calling you from a mile away on the airport conveyor belt.

6. Roll your Clothes

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Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will not only save you space, it saves your clothes from getting super wrinkly too.

6. Protect Fragile Items in your Suitcase with a Sock

Placing fragile or breakable items inside a sock when packing will ensure that they arrive at your destination in one piece.

7. Photocopies

Make copies of your passport, plane tickets, birth certificate, health insurance and hotel booking information before you leave and stash them in your carry on so you can access them easily if urgently needed.

 

Do you have any travel tips or hacks to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay for the holiday? Make a reservation with us here or give us a call (800) 886-6997. Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite. We offer comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms as well as a newly remodeled single king and single queen rooms in order to accommodate your needs in Half Moon Bay. See you soon!

 

Golfing in Half Moon Bay

Let’s Go Golfing in Half Moon Bay

Life in the concrete jungle can be very stressful. It’s the pollution, the endless traffic, and sometimes the people make it taxing. We can’t blame some people if they look for a weekend with the nature, away from the city lights and traffic jams after a demanding week-long work. Sometimes, spending time in the great outdoors can help you remove your mind from the day to day worries. What could be the best way to spend time with nature while feeling the heat of the sunshine and the air caressing your cheeks? Golf. Try it.

Who wouldn’t know Tiger Woods, considered one of the golf’s greatest players ever? Align with the equally the best Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bobby Jones to name a few. Over the years, they have proven themselves to earn a spot in the history of golf. One thing is for sure, these legends started to be just struggling golfers. But with practice and motivation, they were able to climb their way up. What is so gripping about golf that people are engross with this sport?

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People find it emotionally refreshing when they hit the holes of golf. This often provides a way for them to temporarily forget their problems and not think of the difficult situations they face. Moreover, golf can be a great means to build friends and create social business contacts. People love the companionship this sport creates. Entrepreneurs, professionals and yuppies that ended up having business relationships mostly started as golf buddies and friends.

Golf is a relaxing way to spend it with loved ones and friends. Talk about life, your future plans and what’s going on in each other’s lives with much treasured friends and loved ones while enjoying golf and the view. It’s just perfect. Furthermore, some people just love the sport and the challenge it poses to every golfer. Just try to get yourself into a good setup, check your ball position and posture and make a relaxed swing all the way to a full finish.

These and all are just a few of the many reasons why people get hooked with this sport. This isn’t really a rich man’s game. Age, sex, and economic status will never be an issue in golf.

Here’s a rundown of the best golf courses in the Half Moon Bay, California area.

Crystal Spring Golf Course
This 18-hole course facility in Burlingame, California features 6,515 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Rye grass. Designed by Herbert Fowler, the Crystal Springs golf course opened in 1924. CourseCo, Inc. manages this facility, with Steve Bratcher as the General Manager.

For more information visit or call:

6650 Golf Course Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010-6543
United States
P: (650) 342-4188
F: (650) 342-1769
http://www.playcrystalsprings.com

Stanford University Golf Course
This 18-hole course facility in Stanford, California features 6,778 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 73.4 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Rye grass. Designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, the Stanford University golf course opened in 1930. Russ Vandersluis manages the course as the General Manager.

For more information visit or call:

198 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
United States
P: (650) 724-0944
F: (650) 323-0995
http://www.stanfordgolfcourse.com

See More Golf Courses Around Half Moon Bay Here

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Harbor View Inn invites tourists to try Surfing Spots in Half Moon Bay

The great coastal state of California is home to many different attractions and one of the most popular among them are its beaches. The coast line of California is the setting for many different attractions and activities. Some of the most popular among them include beach volleyball, swimming, whale watching and fishing trips. But surfing is most likely what stands out as a fun beach activity in California and it is everywhere.

Many of California’s beaches are very good for surfing. Some of the well-known surfing destinations in the state include Malibu, Linda Mar, Ricon, Oceanside and many more. Alongside these popular beaches, Half Moon Bay is also quite a popular destination for surfing. The Harbor View Inn, located in Half Moon Bay, has consistently recommended Maverick’s as one of the best surfing spots in California. Known for its cold waters and big waves, Mavericks is very popular with surfers who look for some challenge and the chance to ride major waves.

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Mavericks is the best surfing beach in California for advanced and expert surfers who would like to test their skills against the giant waves. The beach stretches for about 2 miles just reaching Pillar Point Harbor. Many of the world’s best big wave surfers would visit Mavericks during the winter season and challenge the massive waves which can crest at 25 feet and reach up to 80 feet. Not every skilled surfer can become big wave surfer. This is an entire class of riders that take on the most challenging of waves in Maverick, Half Moon Bay. As a matter of fact, the big wave competition at Mavericks is an invitational event and only the most daring surfers accept the risk and challenge of riding such big waves. The great waves are caused by the unique underwater rock formation and needless to say, this is not the ideal place for beginners.

However, many novice surfers and spectators would flock to Mavericks every year during winter to see these international big wave surfers compete against each other and ride the biggest and best waves ever seen. This is truly a must see event for any one especially for out of town visitors and tourists. For those who would also like to try surfing but at much easier levels, Half Moon Bay California also features beautiful beaches that are suited for families and beginner surfers. Some of these beaches include the Half Moon Bay State Beach, Dunes Beach, Redondo Beach and Surfer’s Beach.

In any case, a visit to Half Moon Bay is truly a worthwhile experience. With many beautiful beaches, fishing tours, whale watching opportunities and one of the most thrilling surfing competitions in the world, visitors are never bored. Many tourists would book ahead in Harbor View Inn for the big wave competition as accommodations do go fast during this one of a kind surfing event.