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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
Located just south of the lovely seaside town of Pescadero (about 35 minutes from Inn at Mavericks) stands the picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse. This 144 year old icon is considered to be the tallest operating lighthouse on the West Coast (115-ft.) and one of the most recognizable in the Western United States. For over 140 years the lighthouse has guided ships in and out of the harbor and has served as a major coastal California treasure that has drawn hundreds of thousand of visitors each year. Today, the lighthouse and grounds have been designated a California State Park and are considered to be a California Historical Landmark listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
Located a mere 30 minutes from Inn at Mavericks is Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve. This 4,711 open space preserve is part of MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District and is home to the Purisima Creek Canyon, Purisima Creek, towering Coastal Redwoods, beautiful ferns and wildflowers and incredible views overlooking Half Moon Bay.
Two of the most popular trails of the preserve are the Redwood Trail and the Purisma Creek Trail. The redwood trail is an easy hike for people of all ages and winds 1/4 of a mile through the Coast Redwoods near Skyline Boulevard (the park’s main entrance). The Purisima Creek Trail is slightly more challenging and follows an old logging road located on the western side of the preserve and crosses over picturesque Purisima Creek. The entrance to Purisima Creek Trial can be found 3.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Purisima Creek Road which intersects Highway 1.
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.