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Bike the Coastal Trail to Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay

Oceanside breezes, beautiful beaches, a car-free pathway for biking, and beer at the end: You’re on a roll! The San Mateo Coast was made for beach hopping and beer tasting … and it all goes down smooth as part of an 8-mile out-and-back bike ride.

The multi-purpose paved trail starts at Half Moon Bay State Beach and travels 4 miles up the coast to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (plus plenty of other food and drink options).

Start at the east side of the state beach entrance, then continue north towards Pillar Point Harbor. You’ll cross over a charming footbridge as you ride this mostly flat route, passing parking areas that lead to overlooks of the Pacific as well as beaches. Wildflowers still dot the landscape. The route goes through four beach communities: Venice, Dunes, Roosevelt, and Surfer’s Beach (which is dog-friendly). Hop off wherever you please on your way to Pillar Point Harbor (3.6 miles in).

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At the harbor, it’s 0.2 mile north to Capistrano Road, where you’ll make a left turn and go another 0.2 mile to Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. The very popular patio has a fire pit and nice views of the harbor (reservations recommended unless you don’t mind a wait). Order a burger to pair with a pint … the Mavericks Amber Ale is a signature choice. Other food and drink options include Hop Dogma Brewing Co. and Barbara’s Fishtrap. The bike ride back is especially nice closer to sunset when the late-day light strikes low and undulates across the waves in glistening beauty. Goes down smooth.

From Half Moon Bay at CA-1 and CA-92, drive 0.3 mile south, then take a right onto Kelly Ave. At the end of the street, turn right into the Half Moon Bay State Beach parking lot. Parking at Half Moon Bay State Beach is $10.00. Some parking can be found in the nearby neighborhoods, but some streets require permits. 

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