One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal is at Año Nuevo State Park. A Natural Preserve has been established to protect the elephant seals along with many other animals such as otters, California sea lions, coyotes, cormorants, terns and more. Native plants and an untouched intertidal ecosystem also find shelter inside the Natural Preserve. Elephant seals can be observed here year round either on a docent lead tour or through a self guided permit system within the Wildlife Viewing Area.
Baby lettuces, mustard greens, watercress, tatsoi, and baby kale found in your favorite Navio dishes at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay are grown right here using aquaponic farming techniques.
Barterra is the premiere Half Moon Bay winery, offering a range of fine wines from California's top vineyards.
Visiting Barterra is like taking a tour through California wine country. We offer premium wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma, Carneros, Amador, Alexander Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Lodi and Madera.
Stop by our tasting room and you're likely to find owners Bart and Mary Colucci behind the counter, ready to pour! You may purchase wine tastings, wine by the glass, bottles of wine, and wine by the case.
The tide pools are a great place for checking out organisms, shells, rocks, driftwood, and more, just don't take them with you. Access to this no-take protected marine area is tucked into a quaint neighborhood near Moss Beach. Clams, starfish, crabs, and other small creatures are just a short, simple hike from the parking area.
Watch a master glass blower create beautiful glass art that reflects Half Moon Bay's agricultural heritage. The artist can create custom colored glass pumpkins for a unique souvenir.
A small craft distillery, located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in scenic Half Moon Bay, California. We provide locally produced ultra-premium spirits to people who care about where their drinks come from and who made them.
Free 45 minute tours are offered every hour on the hour Friday - Sunday.
This trail runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean with sweeping views of the surf and Northern California coast. It also provides remarkable bird watching; like red-tailed hawks and blue herons.
Hop Dogma Brewing Company is a true artisan craft brewery located in the beautiful coastal town of El Granada, CA. Our batches are small, but our flavors are huge. From our Porch Livin' kolsch and Ol' Keller Pils to our Alpha Dankapotamus IPA and Fides in Fermento Imperial Stout, we are positive we have a beer with your name on it. Please stop by to say hello and enjoy the experience of handcrafted beer always made with passion, creativity, and a whole lotta of love.
Invitation-only contest held between Nov. and March along the world-renowned big-wave break, just 1 mile off the coast. On 24-hours notice, 24 of the most skilled surfers take on the dangerous waves.
Located in the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay. La Nebbia winery is the oldest bonded winery in Half Moon Bay and has been a local landmark since 1979.
Today we specialize in offering the California wine experience, all in one place. Our quaint and old world tasting room is open daily from 10am to 5pm and introduces visitors to a wide sampling of grape varietals and wines reflective of the expansive and diverse wine regions of California. The gardens and picnic areas throughout the property offer another great space for sipping wines, enjoying a picnic, and playing bocce ball.
Just about 30 minutes south of Half Moon Bay, you'll find Pescadero, a charming little town with world-renowned artichoke bread.
Arcangeli Grocery specializes in country-style Italian artichoke breads, garlic breads.
One of two historic lighthouses in the area, this is the only one to have stood on two oceans. Built on Massachusetts' Cape Cod in 1882, it was moved to the Bay Area in 1928.
While adorable little shops and art galleries and eateries serving up fresh seafood are the first things one notices upon arrival at Pillar Point Harbor, fishing and surfing are actually the center of the universe here. The fish markets are frequented by locals and the best surfers from around the world descend on the area annually to take on the massive waves at the Mavericks Invitational. Whether passing the time watching the boats go in and out of the marina, fishing from the wharf, playing on the nearby beach, shopping, or taking in some art, there's something for every member of the family to enjoy at Pillar Point.
The Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located on the western slopes of historic Kings Mountain in Woodside, California overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks and even free maps for trekkers.
One of the oldest houses in Half Moon Bay; this historic home was built on top of the hill, so residents had perfect views of the town and the ocean.
Sea Horse Ranch offers a ride that unrolls different elements of this splendid coastal area. Meadows filled with colorful patches of wild flowers, a small gorge with water flowing through it, and a slope opening onto a pristine beach are all part of the adventure. All levels of riding experience are accommodated,
Located at the Half Moon Bay Airport, this great little diner is filled with toy replicas of model airplanes and lots of aviation paraphernalia. Be prepared to wait about 15-20 minutes, the place gets busy on the weekend! FYI- The banana walnut waffle was top notch.
Get the Dungeness Crab Sandwich. Cash only with ATM nearby. Come here to watch the sunset over the water.
American classics ---- burgers, milkshakes, farm to barn specials, using only the best ingredients we can source.
Cafe Capistrano is the only authentic Mayan style restaurant in Half Moon Bay, so don't expect the usual Taqueria Mexican food. The owner Arturo is from the Yucatan area of Mexico near Cancun. Delicious food with unique spicing and healthy fresh ingredients can always be expected at Cafe Capistrano. The restaurant is in old Victorian house that provides a cozy ambiance. Fish tacos are fresh and excellent, perhaps the best in the area! "Just a good place to eat" and a local favorite.
Pronounced che-trella and named for Capri's fragrant valley with panoramic views, Cetrella offers rustic, worldly and free-spirited Mediterranean-rim and California coastal cuisine. Cetrella's flagship restaurant on the San Mateo Coastside, Cetrella Half Moon Bay, launched in September 2001 to national recognition, with early features in Gourmet Magazineand San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants. It was featured in June 2016 by the San Francisco Examiner's Fran Miller as a Bay Area Dining Secret
Daddy-O's takes great pride in creating upscale versions of American roadside-diner classics. We use the finest meats, artisanal cheeses, and the freshest local produce available.
Everything, from soup to dessert, is made from scratch in our full-kitchen caboose. Meats and vegetables are fresh, never frozen. And the flavor profiles are original recipes born of an 80-year culinary lineage.
Famed fish tacos lead the lineup at this Californian seafood specialist in a tropics-themed space.
Our specialty coffee shop may brew an awesome cup of coffee, although our shop was actually inspired by our house made granola.
SINCE 1906, HALF MOON BAY BAKERY has been serving freshly baked treats to coastside residents and the daily visitors to our community.
We're centrally located at 514 Main Street, directly across the street from City Hall. Come by and browse our wide selection of freshly-baked breads, cookies, donuts, pastries, cakes, and other fresh delicacies. Enjoy choosing your treats!
Lunchtime? Come in and choose a nice sandwich. Special event upcoming? We can freshly bake and decorate a very special cake or some wonderful pastry delights for you.
With handcrafted beer brewed right on site and a great view of the harbor, it's safe to say that you'll have more than a good time here. Come for the beer, stay for the band! Even better, come during happy hour- 11am-6pm during the week! Bring Fido, because the outdoor patio is dog friendly with complimentary dog treats!
Hop Dogma Brewing Company started off as a "hobby business" that two friends, Dan Littlefield and Ethan Martini, thought would be a fun way to share their love of beer with friends. Before long it would spiral out of control into a new and exciting direction and on July 4th, 2013 they opened the doors of Hop Dogma Brewing Company to the public. Word of mouth was the only advertising they relied on for months and before long the tap room was the new hot spot of town and was bubbling with locals and beer enthusiast alike. Like the name suggest, Hop Dogma specializes in hop forward IPAs, Pale Ales, and Imperial styles of beer. However, they love making pilsners, sours, stouts, porters, ambers, roggenbier, and just about any other style that one can imagine. Their one goal is to be constantly improving and pushing their limits as brewers. Hop Dogma has become much more than just a brewery. It has truly become a town center. We love making new friends, talking (and drinking) beer, celebrating beer and life, and hope you can come out soon to El Granada and do so with us!
El Granada's premier, authentic Indian restaurant for all your eat-in, take-out, catering, and special event needs. They prepare delicious Indian dishes using the centuries old traditional Tandoor fired up to 1000 degrees.
It's Italia opened in 1997 as a San Francisco style trattoria and pizzeria serving gourmet pizzas, house pastas, and creative salads, always with a California Italian flavor. Thirteen years later, having moved into the beautiful Half Moon Bay Inn on Main Street Half Moon Bay, our menu has expanded to include seafood and meat selections from our rotisserie and mesquite grill, artful pastas and award winning pizza, creative salads and antipasti, and an array of house desserts. A Tuscan style courtyard patio with fireplaces and a fountain is ideal for large parties and receptions. Our full bar and locally famous bartenders create a lively social ambience nightly. Over one hundred fifty bottles line up on our wine list from Italy, California, France, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
European-style full-line bakery, located in the heart of Half Moon Bay, California. Specializing in danishes and pastries, cookies, tarts, cakes and pies. We produce an assortment of different artisan breads daily, along with pretzels, bagels and rolls. Our "fast-casual" menu serves up hearty meals for breakfast and lunch including eggs, waffles and pancakes, wood-fired pizza, homemade soup, sandwiches on our own freshly baked bread and fresh salads. Also check our board for our daily specials.
First-class dining experience? If you're looking for a romantic place Navio is the way to go. With exceptional seafood dishes and even better service, you'll be glad you chose the Ritz Carlton. Plus, the stunning views of the California coastline don't hurt either.
Contemporary, modern Italian, known for it's house made pasta and butternut squash ravioli. Better save room for dessert-wouldn't wanna miss the tiramisu or the meyer lemon parfait. Sounds great a like fall meal.
Grilled Cheese and Breakfast place.
Known for it's lobster roll and clam chowder, of course. The views are phenomenal, so be sure to plan some time here to kick back and relax with some drinks.
The San Benito House Bar features craft beer, specialty cocktails, the best burgers and BBQ on the Coast and live music. While the Bar is located within one of the oldest buildings in Half Moon Bay, the atmosphere is fun, and the service is warm and friendly.
SPICE ME offers a carefully selected menu of Thai favorites, served in a lively, bright and cozy dining place. SPICE ME's authentic Thai cooking is characterized by flavor, spice and a wide variety of ingredients like vegetables, meats, and seafood combined with a nice balance of herbs and spices that captivate the taste buds and nourish the senses. Aside from the regular menu, SPICE ME creates seasonal dishes to promote Thai culture and local festivities.
From Calabria to Campania, Rome to Naples, and Potenza to Cosenza, the many culinary flavors of Southern Italy's regions find their way to VIA UNO's cucina daily. We are proud to share with you recipes from our families, friends and chefs, both traditional and contemporary. Our menu features farm-to-table foods that are hand selected daily from farms along the coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. This style of purchasing is the true Italian trattoria way: using local, regionally grown and artisan produced fare, and preparing these ingredients in the Italian Slow Food Movement style.