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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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Unique Things To Do On The Coastside

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Resources - Half Moon Bay Coastside

Sunset Half Moon Bay

Sunset From Miramar


What’s Unique To Do Around Half Moon Bay?

Visiting any area for a wedding weekend or just coming for a day there are the obvious things to do; local restaurants, special shopping areas, historic areas, art galleries etc. But, the Coastside has unique activities the uninitiated might not know to consider.

  • Rent a bike at the Bike Works and bike the Coastal Trail for miles from south of Half Moon Bay through Pillar Point Marina . [Bike Works @ 520 Kelly Ave., HMB.
  • Join a whale watching excursion or rent a kayak to paddle around the harbor and surf the waves at Seal Rock.
  • Take a tour of  Harley Farms Goat Dairy, the only functioning Dairy in San Mateo County and buy some of their great goat cheese and other natural products produced onsite.
  • Hike, hike, hike: Purisima Creek (redwoods and a creek) and Burleigh Murray Ranch State Park (historic dairy barn) are just a sample of scores of hiking opportunities.
  • Ride a horse on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean and even on to the beach. Sea Horse Ranch.
  • Take a Coastside Ecotourism tour.

These are just some ideas, you can find a complete list of activities and things to do at the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce website.

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