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Parks and nature in Half Moon Bay

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“Another immediately recognizable and iconic Californian coastal destination is the town of Half Moon Bay; charming and quaint in equal measure, and a popular alternative to raucous Santa Cruz. Only an hour northwest of San Jose, you’ll find this water sport haven, where kayaking in the bay and surfing in the Pacific are two of the most popular pastimes. With many surf schools offering lessons, it’s a great place to learn during the summer, though beginners may want to take a back seat in winter as the waves grow to monstrous sizes exceeding 50-feet in height. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Fun place to park and walk and take in the views of the ocean and whales (when they are nearby). ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“This is a hidden gem for hikers, a 40-acre community park. The view of Pillar Point Harbor from Quarry Park's Vista Point is amazing. The 2 mile round trip hike to Vista Point is particularly recommended for its spectacular view on sunny days of Pillar Point Harbor. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“The Coastal Trail runs along the bluff above the beach for miles and is great for hiking and biking.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
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“wonderful view of Half Moon Bay. you can walk the trails down to the beach. great place to photograph or just watch birds.”
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

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“This is a great beach that allows dogs both on hiking trail above the beach and down by the water. It is too cold to swim, but is a great place for a picnic with the pups or on your own.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Because everyone needs a good beach to drive to off Highway 1. This beach is a good sure bet.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Nice Beach, next to dunes beach and near sweet wood which is a sweet little spot for picnicing and/or camping-- a little more protected”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Ocean studios is a unique location created by a local scuplture and filmaker. it has an beachfront studio often open to small gathering/work. The owner also rents kayaks and bicycles.”
  • 1 local recommends