Head west toward the Pacific Ocean along Highway 92 and make your way toward Highway 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway. Arguably the most scenic drive in the United States, there are coastal bluffs, stunning beaches, and fresh seafood restaurants all the way along the coast. The stretch of Highway 1 down the Peninsula offers some of the best beaches and hidden gems in the Bay Area.
Make your first stop in the charming coastal city of Half Moon Bay, where you can try the seasonal catch at restaurants near Pillar Point Harbor. Shop around Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay for unique clothing, art, gifts, and home goods. You can also purchase locally crafted spirits at one of two woman-owned distilleries, Half Moon Bay Distillery and Jettywave Distillery.
After lunch, head to Half Moon Bay State Beach and explore the Visitors Center to learn more about the history of the area. Located right off of Highway 1, this area is made up of four small beaches that form a two-mile curve of fine, white sand and relaxing coves. The waves here make for a great surfing spot!
After visiting Half Moon Bay, head up north to the city of Pacifica. Be sure to save time to explore Devil's Slide Trail for one of the most breathtaking lookout points in the area. For dinner, visit Nick’s Seafood Restaurant for a fresh meal, live music, and dancing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Or if you’d prefer, you can travel down to Pescadero State Beach and see the iconic Pigeon Point Lighthouse, which is a beautiful lighthouse that has been in operation since 1872. Spend a night under the stars at Costanoa Lodge+Camp+Resort and enjoy a unique glamping experience with several outdoor activities at your fingertips.