2930 N Cabrillo Hwy.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 712-1999
Fax: (650) 712-4412
A highlight of the charming little town called Half Moon Bay is this four-mile stretch of beach that kisses the Pacific Ocean. The trail runs along the beach and is accessible by pedestrians and bikes. Parallel to that trail is a designated horse trail, but note that horses are not allowed on the beach itself. Swim at your own risk. Even in the summer the water is very cold and the currents are dangerously strong. Camping is permitted by reservation only. After a day at the beach enjoy dinner in the Half Moon Bay area, it is full of great seafood restaurants.
Methodist Episcopal Church was erected in 1872 and has adapted the Victorian Gothic Revival style of architecture. This historic church featured in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The church has ever since its inception facilitated and helped people of the peripheral communities live a Christian life. The Methodist Episcopal Church of Half Moon Bay also participates in several community initiatives and activities with a view to encourage a harmonious and better quality of community life.
Just 20 minutes south of San Francisco, off the Highway 1, lies this majestic state beach enclosed in dramatic cliffs. The two-mile beach features a cave-like area filled with tide pools. Swimming is not recommended, so sunbathing and walks are the main activities. Even on the hot days the water at Montara Beach is very cold and the waves can be too strong for even experienced swimmers. Next to the beach parking lot is the Chart House Restaurant known for its views and prime rib. The beach is open daily from 8 AM.
Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Crystal Springs Reservoir consists of two artificial lakes. The Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir was formed in 1877 after a dam was completed and in in 1888 the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir was formed after the Crystal Springs Dam was completed. The lakes are home to giant rainbow trout and bass, while the surrounding area has rare plants such as San Mateo thornmint and San Mateo Woolly Sunflowers. The reservoir is closed to the public but there are hiking trails around the water.
The Flintstone House is a unique private house that looks like a set of orange domes. Built in 1976, it was created using frames and shotcrete over inflated balloons. You can easily see this landmark home when you're on the Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge on Interstate 280.
Gray Whale Cove State Beach on the California coastline sits just 20 minutes south of San Francisco on Interstate Highway 1. It is named after the gray whales that have been known to make an appearance off the coast here. It is situated off the rocky cliffs just before you reach Montara. You can access the 800-foot beach from a trail that starts at the parking lot. Sunbathing is the most popular activity and do not be surprised if you see more skin than normal. On this beach is clothing optional. The beach is open daily from 8 am.
The Carolands Chateau is an integral part of Hillsborough in California. This mansion has adapted the French classical style of architectural design. Comprising splendid and aesthetically decorated rooms, it was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The Sanchez Adobe Park is a celebrated park site and home to the Sanchez Adobe. The site is precisely situated in the Pacifia region in California. It is established over a 5 acres (2.0 hectares) land area. It was built in 1785 and carries great monumental value. The historical site stands listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a great avenue to explore how life was at a time when California was a part of Mexico. It is a stellar ancient home and is swanked by the archaeological evidence of the Mission Dolores Outpost.
San Andreas Lake is a San Francisco Bay Area reservoir. The San Andreas fault, the 810 miles (1,300 km) long California earthquake fault, was actually named after this lake. San Andreas Lake was originally much smaller, but grew in size after a dam was constructed. The lake itself is closed to the public, but there are trails around the water that are perfect for biking and hiking.
Following the Great Earthquake of 1906, the water of the Hetch Hetchy reservoir was successfully brought down from the mountains to the city by the San Francisco Water Department. To celebrate this assured supply of water, the Pulgas Water Temple was constructed. It is a columnar structure inspired by Greek architecture and made of stone. A beautiful pool surrounded by lush trees completes the setting. The Pulgas Water Temple is a good site for picnics and can be rented for weddings as well. The peace and serenity also provides a retreat for private contemplation.
The famed San Francisco Bay Discovery Site is a distinguished site in California. At this very site, explorer Gaspar de Portolà and his expedition team discovered the San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay Discovery Site is designated as the California Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.
Located just a few miles south of San Francisco, Pacifica's State Beach proves that you don't have to be in southern California to enjoy a beautiful beach. Shaped like a crescent, the beach gets a little crowded on truly nice days, and combine that with vehicles, it can get a little tough to find parking. A well-known Taco Bell location lies at the south end of the beach, and the Pacifica Beach Resort stands to the west across the highway.