In October, Half Moon Bay gives itself over to Pumpkin Patches and the Great Pumpkin Festival (10/18-19) in 2003. Great fields of the orange (and green, and black and multi colored gourds) are everywhere, in brilliant contrast with the green of the hillsides and the blue of the sea. Most patches charge $5.00 per pumpkin (more for "giants"), no bargain, but a fun day trip, particularly if you have kids.
Early in the morning we took a stroll before breakfast. It was quiet and no stores were open yet. We notice some great wall paintings/art on the sides of several building. Very well done, it was nice to take some time to check them out.
My favorite was a wave with a surfer that took up an entire build and a building next to it on a right angle.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
Pigeon Point Bluffs
About 1 mile south of Pigeon Point Lighthouse (which is 20 miles south of H.M.B.) is a pull off area with a few dirt roads taking you toward a beach. This location offers great views of the lighthouse and coastline in the foreground. Definitely worth the few minutes to drive past the lighthouse to see this view.
- National/State Park
Pigeon Point Light Station SHP
The lighthouse is a state historic park. Currently the lighthouse is closed to the public however the grounds are open to walk around and read about the history. Nice photography opportunities. There are a few trails off to the side for different views.
Also on the grounds is the lighthouse keeper quarters which is now converted into a hostel open to the public.
- Historical Travel
A beach life too!
As mentioned in the opening, Half Moon Bay has a great little beach, which is small and very scenic. I am sure the water is freezing up this way, but you don't have to jump in, just relax with your favorite book or beverage, or both!
Guided Horse Ride at Sea Horse Ranch
We went there on a Saturday morning. It was my second time (the 1st one was 3 years ago), so the ride was more stressful than relaxing, but I still had fun.
- 1 hour Trail Ride=$40.
- 1.5 hours Beach Ride on the shore = $50.
- 2 hours Trail & Beach = $60.
After the ride, you can purchase a CD with the pictures ($30) or a single 4x8 shot ($10.88) of yourself riding a horse.
NOTE: Every day an Early Bird special is offered. It`s a guided 2 hours long Beach & Trail ride. Cost $35 per person. Starts at 8am. Be early and better come during the week, cause you may not have a horse otherwise. We came at 8am on Saturday and by the time it was our turn to buy tickets, the horses were all taken. Had to wait until 11am (still got a discounted Early Bed rate though). Also payed $5 each for a guide.
- Budget Travel
- Horse Riding
If you are along the coast in California, you have to take advantage of a sunset over the water. Half Moon Bay has one of the most beautiful over the water sunsets that I have ever seen. There are a number of places all along the coast for you to be able to partake in this beautifully natural happening. Drive along Highway 1 and stop anywhere in one of the many beach parking lots (or somewhere else along the water). You will not be disappointed. The best sunsets are when it is a little cloudy and the sky illuminates and turns pinkish. Once the sun is completely gone, it will still be light enough to walk back to your car. If you are lucky, as you are watching the sun go down, you may even get to see some sea life. A friend of mine has seen dolphins, but I have never been treated to that. However, keep your eyes peeled on the water.
Christmas Trees - Cut your own
Adjacent to the pumpkin patches are the Christmas Tree farms. Many families drive over, choose a tree and cut their own.
Half Moon Bay's Main Street is lined with quaint shops, restaurants, and other businesses. This is a really good place to stop for lunch or dinner while visiting the town.
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Half Moon Bay State Park
One of California's most gorgeous beaches, this is a favorite spot for tourists, surfers, and of course photographers. The sunset alone is worth the trip.
- Water Sports
- National/State Park
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