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The Best Kayaking in Half Moon Bay

April 7, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

kayaking in half moon bay

Photo Credit: Dennis M via Flickr

A Pacific coast bay known for its giant surf, massive whale migrations and plethora of seaside restaurants serving up some of the best fresh seafood, it’s hard to avoid ocean-centered activities when you visit. In fact, many of our guests here in downtown Half Moon Bay, California at the Mill Rose Inn come to the area specifically to enjoy the sea adventures offered by this Northern California destination. There are many ways to enjoy the water, including things for the leisurely beach types, as well as the hardcore adventurers who want to hit the cold salt water and get a taste of the area’s unique lifestyle. Kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co. located at Pillar Point Harbor is one of the best companies to get out on the water with. As a local small business, you can trust their expertise in guiding at sea as well as maintaining their equipment. They also offer a number of great trips that will take you out exploring some of the best places to see in the area. Now that the warmer months are upon us, kayaking in Half Moon Bay is a particularly perfect way to explore the area, no matter what your paddling experience is.

Here are the great adventures you can have on the water with Half Moon Bay Kayaking Co:

  • Coastal Paddle – Starting just north of Half Moon Bay at a state beach in Pacifica, this trip takes you down the coast, past the beautiful Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Kayakers will end up at Pillar Point Harbor having explored the beautiful coastline.
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – This is an adventure for anyone looking for a rugged trip out kayaking in Half Moon Bay. The Marine Reserve is scattered with sea stacks, kelp beds, secluded beaches and of course the legendary Mavericks surf spot. You are bound to see a lot of wildlife on this trip out around Pillar Point.
  • Full Moon Dinner – This multipurpose trip is a great night out either on a date or just with a group of friends. Paddle up the coast to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company or Sam’s Chowder House by moonlight for a delicious meal. A Full Moon Paddle without dinner is also available.
  • Pillar Point Harbor Tour – If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, either for the kids or because you’re a first timer on the water, then this is the perfect tour for you. After some training, paddlers will hit the tranquil water of the harbor to practice their skills without the challenges of being out at sea.
  • Sunset Paddle – After a brief land orientation you’ll head out for a relaxing sunset paddle across Pillar Point Harbor into the setting sunlight. Keep your eyes sky bound and look for the birds coming in to the roost for the night.

When heading out on your adventure kayaking in Half Moon Bay be sure to dress in layers and slap on that sunscreen and other protective gear. Pack a change of clothes just in case you get wet while out at sea and enjoy exploring these waters!

Take a Half Moon Bay Kayak Trip

December 22, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Kayak

Half Moon Bay Kayaks / Photo By John K via Flickr

The most quintessential way to see our little California Bay on the sea-side of the San Francisco Bay Peninsula is to take a Half Moon Bay Kayak Trip. If you want to see the entire coastline from the water, then a leisurely paddle along the shore is a great way to do it. This is ecotourism at its best!

You’ll be shocked by the famed rocky cliffs of the Pacific coast when you see them from just a few feet above the water’s surface. The mountains that run lengthwise down the peninsula, dividing the small coastal towns from the busy world of Silicon Valley and blanketed in redwood and eucalyptus groves are similarly breathtaking. The sandy beaches running along the coast are great resting points during your trip on the high seas. You’ll get the chance to glimpse wildlife like sea otters and whales. There are also miles of salt marshes in the area to kayak through for a more mellow trip.

Here are some local Half Moon Bay Kayak companies where you can rent equipment and sign up for tours.

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company

This company boasts numerous great trips, including team building trips for an out-of-office adventure. At very descent prices you can be outfitted with all the equipment you need and led over varying waters to explore Half Moon Bay. Sign up for an easy coastal paddle, or explore the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – one of the most diverse ecosystems on the entire West Coast. Famous for being the safest harbor in the United States Pillar Point by sea kayak is another favorite tour. They also offer two different full moon paddles, one of which includes a stop for dinner. Or end a day of sightseeing with a lovely sunset paddle.

If you like fishing from a sea kayak then be sure to pack your fishing gear because this is your spot. You can rent a Cobra kayak with fishing rod holders. If you’re a competitor you should definitely come in July for the Nor Cal Kayak Angler’s Half Moon Bay fishing derby.

California Canoe and Kayak

Another local favorite and one of California’s oldest paddlesports company, California Canoe and Kayak will provide a great Half Moon Bay experience. Not only do they offer numerous rental options – including tandems! – and tour choices, but they also offer numerous sea kayaking classes. If you’re considering planning a long kayak trip this is a great opportunity to start studying up on this great sport. You can start with a beginners course and work your way up.

Getting our for a Half Moon bay kayak trip is worth very minute. The great thing about the above companies is that they offer multiple paddlesport equipment and tours so you can continue your sea adventures. If you’re staying with us here at the Mill Rose Inn this is a great daytime activity that will leave you ready for a meal at one of our great local restaurants. You’ll sleep well after a few hours out on the water!