With the summer season upon us, it’s time to start planning your next vacation. Instead of sticking to East Coast cities like Miami or hassling with travel abroad, visit our area for mild summer weather and just as much outdoor adventure. From kayak tours and surf classes to outdoor dining and luxurious hotel stays, here are five of the best ways to beat the heat this summer.

Take in the Scenery Via Kayak

Feeling adventurous? Explore stunning Half Moon Bay by kayak, either by signing up for a guided excursion or exploring at your own pace.

Each of Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.’s tours covers a different part of the bay, from Pillar Point Harbor to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. There’s even a special Sunset Paddle offered every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer season. The company provides wetsuits and waterproof paddle jackets for everyone, whether renting or taking a class. Our area maintains a balmy 65 degrees almost year round, unlike other parts of the U.S., you’ll still want to wear plenty of sunscreen and bring a pair of sunglasses.

Hike the Portola Discovery Site

Don’t be deterred from taking a hike this summer; our temperatures are far more refreshing than in other cities in California. One of the most popular viewing points is the Portola Discovery Site on the Sweeney Ridge Trail between the cities of Pacifica and San Bruno. On a clear day, you can see for miles—30, to be exact.

Keep an eye out for the Farallon Islands, Point Reyes, Mount Diablo, Mount Hamilton and Mount Tamalpais. Make sure to bring plenty of water and some snacks for the journey; you’ll definitely be working up an appetite.


Indulge in a Night (or Two) Away

When it comes to the ultimate in luxury accommodations for those seeking more comfortable summer temperatures, the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay—perched on a breezy bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and California coastline—tops the list. Guests are greeted with gorgeous views throughout the property and are even offered a Beat the Heat summer package that includes valet parking and overnight accommodations.

Cool off with a dip in the swimming pool or partake in one of the many excursions the Ritz offers nearby—golfing, surfing, horseback riding and whale watching, to name a few. Alternatively, treat yourself to a rejuvenating and decadent treatment at the spa.


Take a Surf Class

Summer might be in full swing, but the University of Surfing is still in session. For locals this is the go-to spot for year-round, all-inclusive surf classes, and for visitors it’s a place to get an intro to the popular California sport.

Complete beginners should opt for the Surf 101 two-hour class that teaches participants the basics—like safety, technique and best practices. If you’re short on time and want to make real progress, sign up for a private surf class to up your game. Among the more offbeat classes is Namaste Surfing, which begins with a pre-surf yoga session.


Sit and Sip Outside

With so much outdoor adventure, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, a plethora of restaurants offer outdoor dining with refreshing breezes you won’t find in most other U.S. cities. It all depends on what you’re craving.

For flavorful Italian fare with a garden feel, head to Stella Alpina Osteria in Burlingame. For the ultimate seafood experience, try The Fish Market in San Mateo and ask for an outdoor table facing the water. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company on Pillar Point Harbor features an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing firepits on the waterfront, perfect for enjoying one of their home-brewed beers on a clear summer night. Another picturesque seafood restaurant is Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay. Come sunset, it’s quite the romantic spot.

Stay tuned for our blog post on outdoor dining in August with even more options for eating well and staying cool this summer.


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