Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail
What is it? Nearly completely removed from street traffic, this paved, multi-use path skirts the shoreline as it leads over creeks, under Cypress trees, and through vivid patches of blooming wildflowers.
Why go? Rent bikes and make a day of it—the thrilling waterfront path links numerous spots featured on this list. Pick up bikes at Half Moon Bay Kayak Co., make leisurely stops at beaches and overlooks, and indulge in a luxe lunch at the trail’s terminus: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.