All Stories from Peninsula & South Bay

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    Camp at Francis

    Bluff-top camping with easy beach access? You’re not in SoCal. You’re in Half Moon Bay’s newly reopened Francis Beach Campground. The campground powered up last month, with electric hookups added to 40 of its 52 sites. Tents can be pitched at all the sites. Among the most popular…

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    Half Moon Bay Beach Hop

    What’s better than a beach paradise on a sunny spring day? Five of them! And they’re yours to connect along Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail—a bluff-top asphalt path with beach access points every half-mile. Start your 5-mile (round-trip) journey at Venice Beach and head north…

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    Vote for Pedro

    Green marks the spot. A green gate, that is. Hidden off Highway 1, just north of Pacifica’s Devil’s Slide Tunnel, this unassuming entrance leads to a 2.2-mile (round-trip) hike with spectacular views of the rugged Peninsula shoreline at Pedro Point. The trail’s crown jewel? Pedro…

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    Go See Madonna This Weekend!

    Surprise your friends by taking them to see Madonna! And the venue … it’s going to be amazing: high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains and dominated by redwood trees. Okay, we’re not talking “Like a Virgin” Madonna; we’re talking like “Second-Growth Redwoods” Mount Madonna. This…

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    Happy in Huddart

    Just off I-280 in the tony burg of Woodside is Huddart Park, a 972-acre respite with quiet trails curving through canyons and among stately second-growth redwoods. Picnic spots, grassy meadows, and a playground are all part of the attraction. For a good 4.5-mile hike with modest…

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    Purisima Charisma

    Beautiful old-growth redwoods have been at Purisima Creek for a long time, but the purple, pink, white, and yellow blossoms popping right now are spring fresh. Combine a canopy of redwoods and newly blooming wildflowers on a 5.4-mile loop in this Half Moon Bay haven. The hike…

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    Have You Bean Yet?

    Unassuming, beautiful, and a favorite once discovered, Bean Hollow State Beach is the Maggie Gyllenhaal of the San Mateo Coast. Located 3 miles south of Pescadero, this stretch of golden sand requires no hike-in, yet on most afternoons the place is wonderfully uncrowded. Spend…