In less time than it takes to listen to the latest tech podcast, you could flee Silicon Valley or San Francisco for the serene, coastal farmlands of Half Moon Bay. Dubbed The Coastside by locals, the region is awash in New England style charm with a verdant landscape dotted with barns, white clapboard houses, and quaint seafood shacks. Its mild climate and scenic beaches inspire outdoor recreation—from kayaks to kite-flying—and play host to the annual Mavericks big wave surf contest whose monster swells break half a mile offshore. During fall, you’ll spot more monsters when the town is transformed into a veritable Salem of the West with fun haunted houses, street fests, and seemingly endless fields of orange pumpkins.
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