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Pillar Point Marsh,
Beach and Shoreline
Princeton-by-the-Sea

Pillar Point Marsh, Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA

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.



Bird-watching at Pillar Point Marsh, Princeton-by-the-Sea

Bird-Watchers
The picturesque coastal shoreline
is frequented by bird-watchers and groups on field trips. Birds, pelicans and seals can often be spotted here.

View of water from Pillar Point Marsh at Princeton-by-the-Sea, north of Half Moon Bay, CA


Maverick's
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."

More Info
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Hikers on Shoreline Trail at Pillar Point Marsh, Princeton-by-the-Sea

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.

View of sandy trail at Pillar Point Marsh, Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA

Directions to Pillar Point Marsh and Mavericks
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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 the bluffs.

View of water from Pillar Point Marsh at Princeton-by-the-Sea, north of Half Moon Bay, CA


Fun Off-Site Team Events
Fishing & Whale-Watching Tours

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