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Category: Half Moon Bay Activities
Are you looking for beaches, parks, whale watching, wine tasting, theaters, marine reserves, golf, art galleries, surfing? The Half Moon Bay area has it all
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering what to do while staying at Inn at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay? Well, you’ve come to the right place, Half Moon Bay has an endless list of recreational activities that may be perfect for you. The Inn at Mavericks is conveniently located within walking distance of many of these activities.
Delicious coastal cusuine, charming local shops, and breathtaking coastal views are just a few of the things you’ll encounter on your next trip to Half Moon Bay California. Watch our brief video to get an idea of what our picturesque seaside town has to offer. If your looking for a place to stay in the area, please consider the Inn at Mavericks, a spectacular Inn with luxurious, oceanfront rooms.
Many of our visitors are drawn to the California coast as a location for great hikes with their canine companions. From our inn you may access the beach for walks… or if you want to drive just a few miles from the inn the pristine coastal hills of “Rancho Corral de Tierra” await you with 4,000 acres of trails for exploration.
The guests at Inn t Mavericks often include a wide variety of pets. We tend to spoil our four legged friends with treats and above all with beautiful pet friendly beaches in Half Moon Bay for them to run an play on. This little video was shot right next to the Inn.
On your first visit to The Inn At Mavericks you may be surprised to find that we truly are on the very edge of the bay. From your private patio you can watch the sunsets and sunrises with no interruptions. After a day of simply not wanting to leave your room, it may occur to you that this stunningly beautiful bay might best be explored from a kayak. Just as a side bonus… Pillar Point Harbor is considered one of the safest harbors in the U.S. and is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
Half Moon Bay Kayak company is just a few blocks from our inn and here you can rent kayaks, take classes, or join a local day trip. The bay is rich with sea life like Harbor seals and California sea lions. My favorite local trip offered by Half Moon Bay Kayak is the “Full Moon to Dinner.” On this guided trip you paddle to dinner at either Sam’s Chowder House or Half Moon Bay Brewing company and then after dinner you paddle back as you watch the moon rise over the hills. Don’t forget that when you are done you get to come back to an extremely comfortable bed.