Raptors, pelicans, and northbound gray whales are all part of the action at Half Moon Bay’s newest 206-acre playground, Wavecrest. Thanks to quick-moving Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), this windswept coastal bluff was rescued from condominium development. Make your way through Wavecrest’s meadows and coniferous trees en route to spectacular cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. To the south is the Ritz Carlton, to the north is a public beach. And sandwiched in between is Wavecrest’s little-known beach. Head down below or stay up on the cliffs, watching for grays offshore. Oceanfront property for all.
TIP: Fire pits, frothy pints, and legit fish and chips have been drawing people into quirky Cameron’s Restaurant & Inn for years. Just look for the London-style double-decker bus on the west side of Highway 1.
Heading south on Hwy. 1 in Half Moon Bay, take a right on Wavecrest Rd. in front of Cameron’s Restaurant & Inn. Drive to the end of Wavecrest Rd. and park near Smith’s Ballpark. A trailhead sign marks the Wavecrest property, but you can also work your way down to the beach on a mixed-surface path by way of the adjoining property to the south. Dog-friendly! Cameron’s Restaurant & Inn, 1410 S. Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay; 650-726-5705.