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Gray Whale Watching Cruises in Half Moon Bay

Every year beginning in the fall, gray whales travel over 12,000 miles from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska down to Baja California, Mexico to breed and give birth to their young. When Spring arrives, the gray whale mothers and their calves travel back north to their feeding grounds in Alaska. This migration path occurs along the California coast making it an ideal location to see these beautiful majestic creatures.  The Oceanic Society offers an incredible 3 hour whale watching cruise beginning on December 26th, when visitors will get the amazing opportunity to see whales and hear commentary from a well versed naturalist about gray whale biology as well as other valuable information on other marine wildlife and seabirds.  In addition to seeing gray whales, visitors might also see California sea lions, harbor seals, and porpoises.

Exploring Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Located only 15 minutes north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, California, is Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. This three mile stretch of Northern California Coastline is known by scientists as one of the most bio-diverse intertidal regions in the state and is home to dozens of colorful, unique sea creatures.  If you visit the reserve at low tide (one foot or less), you’ll be able to see a multitude of sea-life. The reserve hosts a living community of seaweed, crabs, sea-stars, octopus, sponges, mollusks, fish, and even harbor seals.

Inn at Mavericks Wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

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TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence

Inn at Mavericks is delighted to have been awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for all of the consistently great reviews written about our Inn.

Here are just a few positive reviews written by our satisfied customers:

Inn at Mavericks TripAdvisor “Bravo” Award

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Inn at Mavericks OutsideThe Inn at Mavericks is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a “Bravo!” by TripAdvisor for the wonderful reviews our customers have written about their stays. We take pride in our rooms and service, and we’re glad our patrons enjoy their visit! Our Inn has been rated “excellent” by over 100 reviewers on TripAdvisor.

Here are some highlights from our satisfied customers.

Jon K of Kingsport wrote: “My wife and I did a trip starting in San Francisco and drove south on the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Big Sur. We stayed our first night of the trip at The Inn at the Mavericks. What a fantastic start to the trip….The Inn at the Mavericks even provided complimentary ear plugs just in case the fog horn was bothersome during sleep. They covered all the bases. We will definitely stay here again next time we are in Half Moon Bay. Thanks for the great memory.”

A Visit to Half Moon Bay

In our short video, we explore the coastal community of Princeton-By-The-Sea. We start at the Inn at Mavericks, visit Pillar Point Harbor, and walk down the beach and let the dogs play in the waves. As day comes to a close we enjoy the fire-pit in front of the inn, and the next morning wake up to specular sunsets. We hope our video inspires you to come visit Princeton-By-The-Sea and Half Moon Bay, and stay at the Inn at Mavericks.

Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay

There are many exciting attractions surrounding the Inn at Mavericks.
In the front of our picture, you’ll see the Pillar Point Harbor and Romeo Pier surrounded by the beautiful Half Moon Bay beaches. Fishing and crabbing without a license is allowed on all public piers in California. There are also sailing cruises, shoreline hiking trails, and picnicking within Pillar Point Harbor.

Inn at Mavericks Half Moon Bay Sunset

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The sunset from your front door at Inn at MavericksWe truly have picturesque natural beauty here at Inn at Mavericks.

Our guests love our luscious Half Moon Bay sunsets and sunrises, and often send us fantastic pictures taken from their room’s balcony or porch. We’re located right on the beach, so there’s no obstruction between you and the ocean. The water seems to go on endlessly until it meets the sky. This is one of the many photographs that we have received from pleased guests, and it perfectly demonstrates the serene elegance of the view from our rooms.

The Story of How Mavericks Half Moon Bay, CA was Discovered

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“Mavericks” is a world-famous Northern California Surfing destination located just north of the town of Half Moon Bay, and south of Pillar Point in the town of Princeton-By-The-Sea.

Restaurants You Can Walk To

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The Inn at Mavericks is ideally located near many outstanding local Princeton, CA restaurants. To make your dinner decisions a little easier we’ve decided to mention just a few restaurants where you can have a delicious dinner and a pleasant walk from the hotel.


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The coastal village of Princeton-by-the-sea is located only 5 miles north of the town of Half Moon Bay and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great vacation. The village is surrounded by Pillar Point Harbor, where visitors can rent kayaks and paddle boards and enjoy a day on Half Moon Bay. The local beaches in the area offer stunning views of the rugged coastline and attract thousands of visitors every year during the world famous “Mavericks” surfing competition. Many of the beaches are pet friendly and are great places to take your dog for the day. If you visit Princeton-By-the-Sea, dine locally and you’ll taste some of the best seafood in the area caught fresh from the Bay.