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Morning: Outdoor Adventure

Explore the great outdoors along miles and miles of beautiful coastline by choosing your own outdoor adventure. 

Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. in Pillar Point Harbor will help everyone from beginners to experts get out on the water in the craft of your choice, while University of Surfing in Pacifica makes learning how to surf a breeze. During your time in Pacifica, make sure to visit Traveler, which is an indoor/outdoor ocean & traveler surf shop.

Enjoy a round of golf at picturesque Half Moon Bay Golf Links or do some whale watching or deep sea fishing on the water with Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours.

Take a tour of Pescadero’s Harley Farms Goat Dairy, home to hundreds of Alpine goats and frequent winner of American Cheese Society awards, or Año Nuevo State Park, a natural preserve
home to one of the largest elephant seal communities and other wildlife.

Mid-Day: Cultural Attractions

Make your way to Pacifica’s Sanchez Art Center, which features exhibitions by emerging and established California artists in its three galleries and offers art classes and workshops. Pacifica is also home to Sanchez Adobe, the oldest building in San Mateo County, which was occupied from prehistoric Indian times until it became a historic landmark in 1953 and Sam’s Castle, which was built in 1908 and boasts a long colorful history.

If you would like to stay closer to Half Moon Bay, you can head to Half Moon Bay Art Glass, which specializes in blown and sculpted forms of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and they offer classes where you may create your own glass pumpkin. You could also visit The James Johnston House, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and was built ‘49er pioneer James Johnston between 1853-1855, for his Californiano bride, Petra Maria de Jara.

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Explore the great outdoors along miles and miles of beautiful coastline by choosing your own outdoor adventure. 

Early Afternoon: Shop and Dine

Head over to Half Moon Bay’s historic Main Street, home to several stores and eateries such as Oddyssea (, which is an interactive retail shop and outdoor garden focused on science, nature, and art products and experiences. Have a look inside the bookstores and gift shops to discover gourmet cookware, local wine tasting venues, fine jewelry, yarns from all over the world, home furnishings, and much more.

Enjoy a cold craft beer at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, or a delicious dinner at Sam’s Chowder House, Pasta Moon or La Costanera in Montara. In the mood for something sweet? Make sure to pop over to Mazzetti’s Bakery in Pacifica. Now, If you really worked up an appetite, head to Daly City’s Moonstar Buffet for an upscale seafood buffet experience.

Late Afternoon: Sip and Savor Wines

No trip to California is complete without a little wine, and the coast is home to two exquisite wineries with tasting rooms. Half Moon Bay’s La Nebbia Winery is available for private tours and hosts entertaining events throughout the year. Half Moon Bay also boasts Barterra Winery, started by the grandson of an Italian winemaker, which offers wines, olive oils, and artisan chocolates.

Evening: Kick Back and Relax

End your day by being pampered at one of the area’s acclaimed spas. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is perched atop a scenic bluff with sweeping coastal vistas, and its spa features lounges with whirlpools and a candlelit, co-ed mineral bath with Tsunami showers. Oceano Coastal Spa in Half Moon Bay uses high-quality, custom-blended, all-natural products, while The Spa at Costanoa, nestled in relaxing Pescadero, offers integrated massages, aromatherapy, and Arnica treatments.

If you prefer a night out on the town, try Pacifica Performances, an art gallery and concert hall that has weekly shows featuring top musical artists, comedians, dancers, and more, or head to Pacifica’s A Grape in The Fog for some great wine and top entertainment. You may also take in some live music and performances at one of the area’s many restaurants.