Just north of Half Moon Bay lies an unassuming area known as Princeton by the Sea, right next to Pillar Point Harbor on the California coast. There’s a small town of shops and seafood eats but we headed straight to the water. The first thing that caught our eye was an old fishing facility at the end of the pier. Despite being covered in graffiti, it gave us a quick glance into the local past.
You could spend a full day here with so many different things to do, both on land and in the water. On land you can explore the tide pools and exposed rocks to find anemone, both open and closed, or the many species of crabs. You can walk by the water in the fine sand or through the pathway along the marsh land. There’s also plenty of space to just pop up a shelter and lay back if you so please.
The water is mostly calm as the enclosed harbor broke any big wave entering the area. This makes the perfect environment for paddle boarding, kayaking, wading, and splashing. Maybe the resident seals will venture from their floating dock and join you. If you’re really adventurous and don’t mind getting dirty, there’s a ton of slippery seaweed ready to be slid across.
It’s a great place for the kids to romp around in the water…
It’s a great place for the dogs to romp around in the water…
I think we’ve found our new favorite spot along the coast, a hidden gem that few visit. With outside fun for everyone, it’s a nearby and inexpensive location for your next daycation!
How to get there:
- Take 92 W
- Turn R on Highway 1 (north)
- L on Capistrano
- L on Prospect
- L on Broadway
- R on Princeton
- L on West Point (park on dirt)