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Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Things To Do - Half Moon Bay

Visit Half Moon Bay Newsletter Comes Monthly

To get the most out of a visit to Half Moon Bay it helps to have advise from those who know the area the best.

The web site comes from local professionals who know the area and everything happening from Half Moon Bay north to Montara and south to Pescadero and La Honda. The site has

Half Moon Bay & Coastside Resources

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside, Things To Do - Half Moon Bay

Visit Half Moon Bay Monthly Newsletter


Mavericks Pillar Point Harbor

Full of great resources about lodging, things to do, restaurants, shopping, events, and maps, also publishes a Monthly Newsletter that’s brimming with the latest news about Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County Coastside.

I’ll tease you with a few sentences of each entry in the November issue and you can go over to to read the whole entry and follow links to important resources for a visit during this Christmas season.

Mavericks Surf Contest

“Contest Window – November 1- March 31 Half Moon Bay is home to the world-famous surfing spot Mavericks, located one-half mile off the coast by Pillar Point Harbor. Mavericks is considered one of the most challenging surfing areas in the world…”

Half Moon Bay Food & Wine Fare

November 3, 12 – 4 p.m. Head over to the Oceano Hotel & Spa: Harbor Village Shops for the Third Annual Half Moon Bay Food & Wine Fare. Visitors won’t want to miss out on this opportunity…”

The Johnston House Foundation’s Holiday Boutique & Historic House Tour

“November 3 – 4 & 10 – 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get into the spirit at the Holiday Boutique & Historic House Tour held at the historic Johnston House. Guests will delight in the rooms adorned with Christmas trees, one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths, handcrafted items by more than 30 local and regional artists…

 Pigeon Point Lighthouse 140th Anniversary Celebration

“November 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join the San Mateo Coast Natural History Association as they celebrate Pigeon Point lighthouse’s 140th anniversary of the lighting of their first-order Fresnel lens. Festivities will include docent-led tours of the light station grounds…”

 Dungeness Crab Season Kicks Off

“The highly anticipated Dungeness crab season kicks off on November 3rd and runs though the end of June. These large, hard-shell crabs with a sweet flavor and flaky texture are found along the northwest coast from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Northern California…”

“Several local companies offer fishing and crabbing excursions:…”
 Passport to the Wineries

“November 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Passport to the Wineries is back again, featuring over 50 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries. Enjoy the scenery filled with mountain top vistas while enjoying the winding drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the trail is half the experience…

Get “Inn” at Mavericks

“Experience the magic of the Inn at Mavericks, sitting on a small waterfront bluff overlooking the picturesque Pillar Point Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Guests are welcome to partake in any number of activities nearby…”

Bottle & Cork

“Take part in a tradition known as “bottle and cork” at La Nebbia Winery where wine lovers can recycle wine bottles by bringing in their empties and getting them filled with La Nebbia’s own wine. Guests can even bring in their own custom labels…”

 Butler Golf

“Play 18 holes at any golf course in the world, right here in Half Moon Bay. Now available on the driving range at Butler Golf is TrackMan, a program that allows guests to play golf using a video simulator on a big screen in front of them…”

Read the full entries at


The Monthly Newsletter is written by Kelly Chamberlin.
Chamberlin Public Relations

terry Plank Authored by Terry Plank

Pillar Point Harbor: eating, boating, birding, exploring, buying seafood, and more.

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Things To Do - Half Moon Bay

Princeton By The Sea & Pillar Point Harbor is the center for a commercial fishing harbor, shops, eating establishments, wildlife, beautiful views, and world class surfing.

Pillar Point Harbor - Things To Do

Pillar Point Harbor Area Link
Start your visit walking on the pier looking at the boats or purchasing fresh fish from the dock. Then wander back to land for a range of activities:

    • Seafood dining
    • Italian dining
    • Renting a Kayak
    • Taking a whale watching tour
    • Outfitting for surfing
    • Shopping
    • Signing up for a sport fishing excursion

Harbor Village – Link
Walk across the street to Oceano Hotel & Spa, if  the center of Harbor Village. Along with the lodging and spa, there are 19 interesting shops and eateries in a casual, coastal environment. On Sunday’s there’s a Farmers Market with fresh foods and crafts.

Pillar Point Marsh Area
At the west end of the harbor,  park at the Pillar Point Marsh parking lot for a unique ocean experience:

  • Bird watching at the Marsh
  • Exploring the tide pools around Seal Rock
  • Hiking the bluffs for a unique vies of the ocean and the Mavericks surfing area.

Pillar Point Harbor is a fun place to tour for the guests attending your wedding, before or after the great event. Or book a tour of the area through HMB Coastside Tours. Maybe I’ll see you on the bluffs, I’m  there a couple of times a week with my wife and my dog.


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