See the Dinosaurs of Spanishtown


When you travel across this great nation of ours, you see the most amazing sights. Just off Highway 92 in scenic Half Moon Bay, California are the Dinosaurs of Spanishtown. At first glance, you’d think that you had stumbled onto the set of the next Steven Spielberg movie, but the gigantic metal sculptures are very real and leave a lasting impression for even the most jaded amongst us. A home to many local artists, Spanishtown is a magnificent spot to shop for pottery and other handcrafted goods.Just be sure to tip the dinosaurs on your way back to the car.

Moss Beach Distillery, a local landmark


A landmark to the area, the Moss Beach Distillery is an historic establishment dating back to the Prohibition era of 1920’s when it produced home-brewed whiskey. Situated on the seaside, guests find themselves faced with a spectacular view of the ocean making for an overwhelmingly romantic experience.Don’t be so taken in by the view that you forget the food, however, as the local halibut and sea bass are highly recommended. While you are waiting for the main dish to arrive, I advise dining on the shooter trio that includes several varieties of oysters and perhaps a tasty cocktail. If you find yourself seduced by the Moss Beach Distillery as many have been over the years, have no fear as Cypress Inn is a short drive away. The Moss Beach Distillery is also the ideal spot for anniversaries, weddings, corporate celebrations and other special events, so keep this spot in mind for your next get together.For more information including seasonal specials, please visit the official website,

It’s Italia at the Half Moon Bay Inn

Located in the luxurious Half Moon Bay Inn on Main Street in beautiful Half Moon Bay, It’s Italia is like a little slice of Italy. So lovely you can taste it, the restaurant was founded in 1977 and offers up Italian cuisine by way of the California coast. The pizza is famous, but don’t discount the lamb or calamari which are equally desirable. My personal tip is to bring a large group of friends so that you can sample more of the menu. The kitchen uses only local produce, resulting in a fresh and wholesome flavor. When you dine at It’s Italia, you may also be lucky enough to arrive on a night when live music is performed by local musicians, so make sure to check their calendar of events online. Aside from the casual dining experience, It’s Italia can also cater special events, so keep them in mind for wedding receptions, family reunions, anniversaries or other unique dates. Please visit the official website,, for more information.

Grab a bite at the Flying Fish Grill!


When you are visiting the west coast, sand, sun and surf should be utmost in importance. In addition to these three important aspects is fine food.  The Flying Fish Grill on Main Street and Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay has garnered roaring acclaim from locals. From fish tacos to the ahi tuna salad, the Flying Fish Grill has a spectacular assortment of seafood dishes. Reviewers claim that it is one of the best kept secrets of the area, so I hope I am not ruining it for those in the know by letting you in on the fantastic eats that can be had at this establishment.Please visit the official website,, for more information.
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Located approximately 35 minutes
south of San Francisco in the
Bay Area, this stunning slice of
the Golden State boasts an
unrivaled combination of
coastal town friendliness, charm
and natural beauty.

From romantic inns and luxurious coastal resorts
to budget-friendly brand hotels, the Half Moon Bay
area’s variety of lodging offers a perfect fit for
everyone visiting Northern California & the SF Bay Area.

There are four regions to explore in the Northern
California bay area of the San Mateo County Coastside.