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Trying to prove that you’re quite a catch? Well, Half Moon Bay has plenty of fish in the…

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Trying to prove that you’re quite a catch? Well, Half Moon Bay has plenty of fish in the sea… but that works to your advantage! First, make an impression by romancing the coast on a car-free bike ride along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail (as part of Half Moon Bay State Beach, this is also a walkable route). Start from Pillar Point Harbor off of Highway 1 and pedal south along the paved trail, across old wooden bridges all the way to Poplar Street (5 miles one-way). En route you’ll find lots of bluffside benches for wave watching. Afterward, head back to the harbor to grab dinner: by grab we mean picking up fresh-caught fish sold off the boat and directly to the public, every day. Prices are retail (a whole salmon is roughly $10 per pound), and here’s a tip to avoid looking like a fish out of water: call the “fishfone” (650-726-8724, then 3). A recorded message will update you on all the daily catches.

TIP: Rather eat on-site, with ocean views aplenty? Barbara’s Fish Trap (pictured, 281 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay) is a classic best bet. The restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood right off the fishing boats, but their patio and indoor setting are perfect for enjoying fresh Fish-and-Chips by the beach.

Fresh-caught fish is sold retail off the boat directly to the public at Pillar Point Harbor, seven days a week. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is dog-friendly!

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