S.F. Bay Area
Half Moon Bay Attractions
Pillar Point Marsh,
Beach and Shoreline
Pillar Point Marsh
Pillar Point Marsh is located past
Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-Sea
— a small community about 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay and
25 miles south of San Francisco.
The picturesque coastal shoreline
frequented by bird-watchers and groups on field trips. Birds, pelicans
and seals can often be spotted here.
Famous Surfing Spot
Maverick's famous "big waves" break about one mile off-shore
in Princeton-by-the Sea.
Maverick's Surf Contest
Each year, top surfers from around
the world descend upon the cold waters of Half Moon Bay — at
Northern California's most famed surf break — for the chance
to compete in the Maverick's Surf Contest and ride what many consider
to be "the most dangerous waves in the world."
Click here for more info on Maverick's and Maverick's Surf Contest
Shoreline Trail to Beach
Follow the sandy trail around the point (to the right), past the jagged rocks,
to the breakwater and tide pools. The hiking trail ends at the beach — take
a leisurely walk along the water's edge. The serene small beach area is also
a fun place to collect seashells and pebbles.
Directions to Pillar Point Marsh
Take Highway 1 north of Half Moon Bay about 4 miles. Turn left
on Capistrano Road at the traffic light, past Pillar Point Harbor.
Continue past the harbor entrance to Prospect Way and turn left.
Turn left on Prospect Way. Drive west on Harvard Avenue until it
merges onto West Point Avenue. Follow West Point up the hill to
the small, unmarked parking lot.
Park in the Pillar Point Marsh lot and hike about
one mile along the sandy footpath to the viewing area on
Fun Off-Site Team Events
Fishing & Whale-Watching Tours
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and Whale-Watching Tours
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