Coastside Destinations

The elephant seals aren’t the only things worth flapping your flippers for. With thousands of feisty northern elephant seals swarming its shores each year, Año Nuevo offers one of the most thrilling wildlife experiences in the state. Located twenty-five miles south of Half Moon Bay, the park’s remote sandy shores play host to the… Read more →
A picturesque route guides you through breathtaking scenery with numerous stops along the way. Highway 35 packs bucketloads of scenery as it winds along the forested ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains with opportunities to explore redwood groves, chow down at historic eateries, and enjoy thrilling vistas of the Pacific and San Francisco Bay… Read more →
The biggest surf break of the Half Moon Bay area lures surfers from around the globe. Just off the coast, a short distance outside Pillar Point Harbor, Mavericks looms large on the horizon in winter months (November through March), when the storm swell pushes the surf into some of the biggest waves in the world. Originally named for the canine companion of a local surfer… Read more →
The old town district of Main Street serves as the very gateway to this magnetic seaside town. The historic motorway intersects highway 92, offering a nostalgic jaunt into the earliest established region of Half Moon Bay. Enveloped in rolling country side, evidence of a robust past is peppered throughout the downtown architecture, the retail establishments and unique cultural events. Today’s… Read more →
Situated just north of Pillar Point Harbor, this tranquil and semi-isolated beach promises an awe-inspiring ecological experience, serving as home to a colorful variety of marine life including sea urchins, anemone, sponges,  hermit crabs, sea stars and more.  Shorebirds, harbor seals and the occasional sea otter can be spotted, and with the ever evolving tide pools, the Reserve delivers a unique… Read more →