By foot or by bike, spend the day exploring the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail. Family members of all ages will enjoy the ease of the flat paths and the amazing views at the stops along the way. The trail is 11.5 miles long and can easily take a half of a day to complete. The trail opens up to bluff side benches for watching the ocean waves and has access to great State beaches for quick dips in the sea. Experience a morning or afternoon on the trail and uncover all the beauty of Half Moon Bay.
The summer months are the busiest times to visit the trail as the paths can become crowded. The spring, fall and winter seasons seem to have fewer visitors and the weather is more likely to cooperate. Any season and any time of year, the Half Moon Bay Coastal trail is the ideal day trip when visiting the area. Layered clothing is recommended as the ocean breeze can create cooler conditions depending on the time of day. Half of the paths along the trail are paved with the other half consisting of dirt. Despite the terrain, they still create a great ride for biking, running or walking. The paths are dog friendly and even horses can be seen on the dirt paths. The trails can become clouded with fog on many days but when the fog clears, the paths are perfect for meandering and taking in all the views.
There are spots to have lunch or drinks along the way, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach. The end of one path will lead you to a ride through the beautifully manicured Ritz Carlton property and the trail runs adjacent to the golf course. For stunning views of the ocean coast and an easy walk, the Half Moon Bay Coastal trail creates quite the experience. There are many places to begin the journey. The entry at the end of Poplar Avenue has access to the beach where dogs are allowed. When walking the trails versus biking, begin at Francis Beach. If biking first, begin at Magellan Road. Other points of interest along the trail are the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Moss Beach Park and Half Moon Bay Harbor where fresh fish and crab can be purchased right from the boats depending on time of year.
Half Moon Bay, California is home to the award-winning B&B by the sea, The Mill Rose Inn. The Inn is not only close to shops and dining, it is situated right on the ocean. This beautiful and elegant bed and breakfast with its antiques and lavish décor, will have you feeling relaxed and ready to unwind. There are six guest suites complete with private entrance and filled with items like a stocked refrigerator and Japanese dressing robes. A gourmet breakfast is served each morning with items including French pastries, homemade breads, omelets, fruit and fresh squeezed juices. After breakfast, take a stroll in the lush gardens filled with hundreds of roses and tropical flowers. When booking your stay, there is a 20% discount for same-day reservations. Room availability and nightly rate can be found on their website.
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