Half it your way

By: DogTrekker Staff
Aerial view of Montara coast.
Montara. Photo by Waldo Broodryk.

It’s hard to know what to do first in Half Moon Bay: Explore miles and miles of pristine beaches, scarf up some seafood at a seaside café, ogle the surfers or window shop in the picturesque downtown district.

If your main goal is a sandy stroll, try chasing some waves with Rover at dog-friendly Montara or Bean Hollow state beaches, both within 20 minutes of town.

Closer in, you and your four-legged friend can watch the surfers who come from around the world to tackle the waves at Surfer’s Beach on Highway 1. Or, park at dog-friendly Blufftop Beach and soak up some fresh air along the scenic Coastside Trail, which hugs the ocean bluffs for about three miles.

You’re sure to meet other hungry hikers—two-legged and four-legged alike—on the heated, ocean-view patio at Moss Beach Distillery, where the doggie menu boasts such gobble-worthy treats as skirt steak, chicken breasts and protein-rich scrambled eggs.


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