Articles by Garrick Ramirez

Garrick Ramirez is a freelance writer and photographer who loves sharing compelling destinations within California. As a native, he has yet to tire of exploring the many cities, small towns, and natural splendor found throughout the state. His travel guides have appeared in the SF Chronicle, Via Magazine, and The Mercury News among others. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

Coffin varnish, jiggle soup, and bathtub gin are just some of the colorful names used to describe the moonshine that filled Coastside stills and speakeasies during the Prohibition years of 1920 to 1933. Thanks to a landscape of secluded canyons and fog-shrouded coves—plus close proximity to a major market such as San Francisco—… Read more →
It is impossible to describe the Half Moon Bay Coastside without the mention of farming. Swaths of verdant fields have informed the region’s culture and beauty since coastal dairies cropped up in the mid-1800s and Italian immigrants flocked to the fields in the early 20th century. Since then, Coastside farms have fed the nation with… Read more →
A suspected haunted house, a jail for overindulgent saloon patrons, and a historic barn with a mysterious past. In a region chock full of mesmerizing historic structures, few capture the Coastside’s history and imagination like the Johnston House, former city jail, and what was previously known as the Thomas Johnston barn. Two of… Read more →
A bustling gathering spot since 2000, Half Moon Brewing Co. draws locals and visitors alike with killer views, brews, and grub. Situated along the shoreline in charming Pillar Point Harbor, the welcoming craft brewery and restaurant offers a sense of place with fresh local seafood, beers brewed onsite, and an expansive, light-strung… Read more →
When the Coastside’s famously large swells start picking up, so, too, does excitement for the Mavericks Surf Challenge. First held in 1999, the thrilling big wave surf contest draws an elite group of surfers from around the globe—from Australia to Portugal—to brave towering waves that frequently top twenty-five feet. Given the… Read more →