Going on a trip, whether it is for business or leisure, usually means breaking up your normal workout routine. However, our destination offers several fun ways for you to stay active while also enjoying your time here in the Best of the San Francisco Bay Area. From going on walks to hiking to kayaking, we promise there is something for everyone to enjoy!
One of our favorite spots to go for a walk is the Junipero Serra County Park in San Bruno. This park provides three trails ranging from .5 miles to 1.3 miles, which are perfect for short, relaxing walks. The park also features picnic areas, as well as extraordinary vistas of San Francisco Bay and San Bruno Mountain. Check out the park’s brochure, which contains useful information to help plan your visit. Now, if you’re looking for longer walks, the Crystal Springs Regional Trail is the perfect place for you! This trail is currently 15.3 miles long and will reach 17.5 miles once completed. The trail offers views of San Andreas Lake, Crystal Springs Reservoir and the chance to travel parallel to the San Andreas Fault. The trail has numerous access points so we recommend checking out their brochure before heading there.
Do you prefer hiking over walking? You’re in luck because our destination is well known for its hiking trails - which are great ways to challenge yourself and experience the outdoors! If you’re on the coastside, we highly recommend the Año Nuevo Point Trail. Here, you may see 10,000-pound elephant seals in their natural habitat while hiking along the rugged outer coast, as well as migrating whales, sea lions, coyote and wild flowers. A visitor's permit is required to see the seals, and they may be acquired at the park entrance. Now, if you’re looking for more of a scenic, wooded hike then you must visit the Skyline Trail at Phleger Estate. You’ll enjoy the sights of redwoods, oaks, manzanita, California coffeeberry, Douglas-fir and many types of ferns. This location is also home to bobcats, black-tailed deer, eagles, newts and banana slugs. We also recommend checking out POST’s Hiking Calendar - it lists additional hiking trails and the best times to visit.
Have you ever given kayaking a shot? Well, whether you’ve done it a million times or you’re looking to experience something new, our friends over at Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. have your back! You will be able to paddle among seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or in the wild waters of the open Pacific Ocean. They offer a vast variety of guided trips that are sure to give you an unforgettable experience, as well as a great workout! They’ll provide the wetsuits and waterproof paddle jackets for all classes, rentals and tours. All you need to bring is sun block, sunglasses, waterproof sweater and shoes, and a hat. Also, if kayaking is not for you, they also have paddle boards and bicycles available for rent. Now, if you'd like to go kayaking but cannot make it over to the coastside, then California, Canoe & Kayak has your back. They offer multiple different typles of tours and classes on the San Francisco Bay which depart from Redwood City every Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
If you’re looking for something more “extreme”, then surfing is the right activity for you! Surfing is huge on our destination and you can spot surfers along our coast any day of the week. Pacifica, for example, is home to some of our destination’s best surfing beaches. If you’re a beginner looking for a new experience, Linda Mar State Beach is one of the most popular beginner surfing spots. This is a mile-long stretch of beach where the break is usually fairly forgiving. In addition, the University of Surfing is also located at Linda Mar and offers year-round, hands-on surf lessons to those interested in learning the sport. For the more experienced surfers, Rockaway Beach and Sharp Park Beach are the beaches for you due to their strong rips and big swells. Furthermore, no matter which beach you decide to visit, make sure to stop by Traveler in Pacifica for their “Drop-In Day Pass”. The pass lets you enjoy hot outdoor showers, changing rooms, day use lockers, fresh coffee, loose leaf tea, heated outdoor furniture, sunny garden, and private restrooms!