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Escape On A Half Moon Bay Horseback Riding Adventure Or Kayak Trek

Calling Half Moon Bay a magnificent coastal playground would be an understatement. An endless ribbon of pristine shoreline extends in either direction, interrupted only by majestic cliffs and rock formations. For the adventurous, there are Half Moon Bay horseback rides on the beach and kayak excursions off Pillar Point. You can explore the tide pools of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, shove off on a whale-watching cruise, or hike to Año Nuevo State Reserve to view elephant seals in their natural habitat. Catch the best names in big name surfing at iconic Mavericks Beach or get your own feet wet one of the many tamer Northern California surf spots nearby. From farmer's markets and romantic oceanfront dining to lighthouse tours and sailing, if you can do it in California, you can do it better in Half Moon Bay.
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links, test your handicap on two of the most gorgeous oceanfront courses in the world. The Old Course weaves around lakes, through cypress and coastal pines, while the Ocean Course is a true links layout with an authentic Scottish soul.
  • Half Moon Bay Horseback Riding, enjoy a scenic ocean view horseback ride with Blue Sky Riding Experience at Costanoa Lodge. Blue Sky Riding Experience is located at 2001 Rossi Road, Pescadero, CA. Tours can be set up by calling the Recreation Director at 650-879-1100 x 0.
  • Coastal Elegance Tours, these tours are private high end experiences. They specialize in eco hiking, reef walking and cycling in along the Half Moon Bay Coast and the Redwoods.
  • Oceanfront dining, savor the coastal lifestyle while enjoying a romantic waterfront meal as the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean and the tides lap at the shore just beyond the deck.
  • Surfing, Surfing Lessons & Surf Camps, hang ten all year long on the legendary waves of Half Moon Bay. Sign up for private lessons, group classes, or surf camps run by experienced, fun counselors at Open Ocean Surfing.
  • Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. ,glide silently past Pillar Point on a sheet of glassy water or sign up for a class or workshop to learn everything from basic skills to kayak surfing, navigation, and open water strategies.
  • Scenic Drives, cruise along the coast, past windswept beaches and majestic 30-foot bluffs, through quaint coastal towns, all while enjoying some of the most mesmerizing scenery in the country.
  • Harley Farms, don't let over-processed foods get your goat. Tradition, family, and sustainable farming practices all abide at this enchanting goat dairy. And you can taste it in the artisan cheeses. There may even be a baby goat or two around for the kids to pet.
  • Green Oaks Creek Farm & Retreat, an educational, organic farm & retreat center. Nestled against the Santa Cruz mountains
  • Pescadero State Beach & Natural Preserve, drop a line into the surf on the pristine line of shore that literally means "the place to fish" in Spanish. Explore sandy coves, rocky cliffs, and tide pools, or spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic with the family.
  • Pomponio State Beach, make the commitment to get to this hard-to-reach spot and you'll be rewarded with a nice, quiet little cove, gently-sloping sand at the base of high sandstone bluffs, and a small lagoon extending into the roaring surf.
  • San Gregorio State Beach, pack up the family for a day at the beach at this easily accessible state beach. The views are simply incredible, and the sand is fine and soft. Don't you dare leave before sunset.
  • Humpback Whale Watching, witness the magnificent parade of gray whales each December as approximately 15,000 gray whales swim south from their Arctic feeding grounds en route to their Baja California breeding and calving grounds. Find out more at the Oceanic Society.
  • Coastside Farmers' Market, reap the bountiful abundance of produce from the most fertile farmland in the West. Take home tasty breads and pastries, artisan goat cheese, super-fresh local fruits and veggies, eggs, fresh caught fish, and regional honey.
  • Lighthouse Tours, visit these historic shoreline structures and learn about the people who dedicated their lives to keeping vessels from succumbing to a watery grave on the jagged coastline of Half Moon Bay.
  • Yachting, drop anchor at the Half Moon Bay Yacht club and learn to sail, ride the ferry, or just mingle with like-minded folks who have fallen in love with life on the water.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, discover a truly magnificent destination for the perfect Northern California coast vacation or business trip. Enjoy innovative cuisine in ocean-view restaurants, two championship golf courses, and miles of walking trails at the most romantic setting in Northern California.
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Why Not Take A Northern California Surf Lesson During Your Visit?

The Northern California coastline has something for everyone. Plan a Half Moon Bay horseback riding tour along the beach, sign up for a surfing lesson, or take a relaxing drive through some of the country's most charming seaside towns. Start planning your trip today!