Coastal views. Highway 1 is one of America’s most iconic drives. Half moon bay sits about 30 miles south of San Francisco and 40 miles north of Santa Cruz. The stretch of road that lies between offers jaw-dropping views of jagged cliffs and rolling green hills. Pack your camera and be prepared to pull over at least a few times to snap photos of the dreamy view.
Pizza for breakfast. Drive to historic main street for breakfast at Moonside Bakery & Café. The menu has the usual suspects — omelets, pancakes, breakfast burritos — but the local go-to is the breakfast pizza created with their own dough and cooked in the hardwood-fire pizza oven.
Surf’s up. Meander the mavericks cliff trail, a 2.5-mile walk that overlooks the beach and a world-renowned surf spot. Even on a low-swell day, you’re bound to catch a glimpse of surfers hanging 10 or even migrating whales.
Beer with a view. Relax in the afternoon with a pint at half moon bay brewing co. The craft brewery pulls pints of styles ranging from IPA to kölsch, and the patio is dotted with fire pits (it’s also dog-friendly). Lunch on beer-steamed prawns and the Dungeness crab roll. Each month the social-minded brewery hosts a speaker series that tackles topics ranging from politics to environmental issues.
Tee off. Bay area golf fanatics make day trips just to play the two championship courses at the Ritz-Carlton, half moon bay. Set along picturesque coastal bluffs, the historic parkland-style old course is dotted with cypress trees and the 18th hole overlooks the ocean. The ocean course offers more of a challenge as well with an ocean view from every hole.
East coast meets west. Inspired by new England-style seafood restaurants, Sam’s Chowder House, has a straight-from-the-sea menu of oysters, lobsters, fish and chips, and a highly lauded lobster roll that has been called one of the five best sandwiches in America. Choose to cozy up fireside in the dining room or by a fire pit on the patio. The desserts are made on-site. Save room for the Straus organic soft-serve. The vanilla-chocolate swirl is a staff favorite.