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Princeton-by-the-Sea is also known as Pillar Point, a peninsula near El Granada, California, on the north end of Half Moon Bay. Whale watching, fresh fish markets & tide pools!
elevation: 13'
population: 563
zip code: 94018


peninsula at north edge of large bay

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San Mateo County
N of Half Moon Bay
on Hwy 1



  • beaches
  • surfing
  • biking
  • scuba diving
  • wineries
  • windsurfing
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • redwood forests
  • horseback riding
  • golfing
  • whale watching
  • kayaking
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • Portola Redwoods State Park
  • Pescadero Creek County Park
  • San Pedro Valley County Park
  • Montara State Beach
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  • Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir
  • Pilarcitos Lake
  • Mavericks Beach
  • Seal Cove Cypress Tree Tunnel
  • description:
    A village setting with a bed & breakfast. Lots of outdoor recreation & only 25 miles south of San Francisco.

    nearby towns:
    Moss Beach
    Half Moon Bay
    El Granada
    San Gregorio
    local links:

    Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce
    235 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

    Mezza Luna
    Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
    Princeton by the Sea Memories
    Pillar Point Harbor

    Barbara's Fish Trap

    Pillar Point Harbor

    Leadership of Princeton-by-the-Sea

    from the bench


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