Half Moon Bay has long been known for its creative community of artists whose eclectic mixed-media pieces will confound most. Northern California is spotted with little out-of-the-way artist communities, and Half Moon Bay has one all its own. Spanish Town, a little village with a handful of artisan shops right off Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, has grown famous for the life-size dinosaur statues that greet people as they enter the little shopping center. The dinosaurs of Spanish Town are what bring many people to this thriving cooperative whose inventory of items will shock you in both their diversity and number.
The Dinosaurs of Spanish Town
These life-size iron statues of a variety of dinosaurs and prehistoric species are the most shocking thing you’ll see upon entering Spanish Town. Though rusted and dated, every detail of the dinosaurs of Spanish Town is still intact and will shock you and leave you in awe. The eyes of each dinosaur are shockingly realistic, giving them a lifelike quality that adds only more charm to their unassuming presence. The Wooly Mammoth has individual strands of hair covering his entire body while the Triceratops has a perfectly scaled body and the most charming eyelashes framing its big eyes. The perfectly pointed razor sharp teeth, and talons that look like they could do equal damage on the Tyrannosaurus Rex are nothing short of beautiful artistry. As an adult this exhibit is quite astounding, so you can imagine that the little ones will feel as if they’re walking into a scene of The Land Before Time.
Shopping in Spanish Town
If you’re a thrifty type who could rummage through junk for hours, then once you’ve gotten your fill of the dinosaurs of Spanish Town you’ll love what the rest of this little art village has to offer. As you step in and out of the little shops around town you could literally spend hours amongst the quantity and variety of decorative pieces sold. Selling everything from Nepalese imports to landscaping decorations and handcrafted jewelry, it’s the perfect place to come buy a gift for that friend back home. As a visitor you’ll enjoy seeing every garden water feature imaginable, and literally every shape, size, and color of dog statue available. From replicas of DaVinci’s David, to dragons, gnomes, and fairies, the garden alone will keep you occupied. If you’ve been looking for that perfect lawn ornament, this stop could very well be your lucky day and you can ship that beauty home.
The dinosaurs of Spanish Town are one of the most unique sights to see in Half Moon Bay. Just a quick drive from downtown where you’ll find the charming bed and breakfast, the Mill Rose Inn. If you’re planning a trip to the North California Coast and want more information on other things to do in the area, check this Half Moon Bay vacation guide, chock full of the area’s best restaurants, outdoor activities, and historical places. One quick read and you’ll be saving up your pennies for the vacation of a lifetime.
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