There are dozens of beautiful beaches, state parks, picturesque coastal villages, and historical landmarks in the Half Moon Bay area. Being located along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, you'll enjoy getting to visit an area full of marine biodiversity. Here are a few of our favorite spots that are well worth a visit!
Located six minutes north of Inn at Mavericks off Highway 1 (Cabrillo Highway) in the town of Montara, you'll find Montara State Beach. Many visitors like to explore the tide pools or surf while enjoying this lovely beach framed by spectacular mountains.
A short walk and 4 minute drive away from the Inn at Mavericks is Pillar Point. This lovely beach is located directly south of the Tide Pools Parking Lot on W Point Avenue. The beach is a popular place for families with kids as well as dog owners due to its gentle surf and sheltered sandy beach. Many visitors play on the beach and enjoy looking at the beautiful views of Pillar Point Harbor and the Santa Cruz mountains in the distance.
No trip to the Half Moon Bay coast would be complete without visiting the very quaint and charming seaside town of Half Moon Bay as well as the #1 most beautiful beach in America according to Coastal Living Magazine: Half Moon Bay State Beach.
Located about 30 minutes south of Inn at Mavericks is Pescadero State Beach. This beautiful beach is perfect for a romantic walk along the shoreline, enjoying lunch with an ocean view at one of the picnic areas, marveling at the rugged cliffs that make up the coastline, or exploring the unique sea life at low tide at the beach's tide pools. Its also fun to pick a spot on the beach and watch the birds dive for food; you'll see dozens of pelicans and other sea birds.
Located directly across from Pescadero State Beach and Highway 1 is the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve which is a 235-acre haven for blue heron, deer, raccoons, foxes, skunks, and a bird watcher's delight.
Explore the historic and very charming town of Pescadero located 2 miles inland down Pescadero Creek Road which runs adjacent to the marsh.
Located about 3 minutes south of Pescadero State Beach on Highway 1, and approximately 31 minutes south of the Inn at Mavericks, is Bean Hollow State Beach. Many visitors enjoy fishing, picnicking, and beachcombing. At low tide the beach's tide pools can be explored which are home to anemones, crab, sea urchins and other marine inhabitants.
Located four minutes south of Bean Hollow State Beach and about 34 minutes south of the Inn at Mavericks is Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. 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.
Located nine minutes south from Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and 44 minutes south of Inn at Mavericks, is Año Nuevo State Park which consists of Año Nuevo Island and Año Nuevo Point. Año Nuevo State Park is the site of one of the largest mainland breeding colonies for the northern elephant seal. The northern part park is considered to be California's geographic center.
Just south of Ano Nuevo State Park and approximately 42 minutes south of the Inn at Mavericks, is Swanton Berry Farm. This little stop along highway 1 is well worth the visit as guests can pick as many strawberries and blackberries as they want for a nominal fee.
Located 4 minutes south of Swanton Berry Farm and approximately 47 minutes south of the Inn at Mavericks is Greyhound Rock County Park. This beach is sandy with a rocky shoreline full of tide pools and mud-stone rocks. The biggest of these mud-stone rocks is "Greyhound Rock," named after the State Park. Enjoy a spectacular view of Greyhound Rock as well as the northern Santa Cruz coastline at this lovely California State Park.