(photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay)
Due to business reasons, my colleagues and I drove down the Interstate 280 and passed the Half Moon Bay several times in the past week, renewing my liking and interest of this famous seaside town in the Bay Area.
Before, every time I visited the Half Moon Bay, the weather was a bit cold and gloomy, but not these last few times. The weather was gorgeous and the water was shimmering under the sun.
Half Moon Bay has the oldest settlement in the Peninsula, which separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. It was first discovered by the Spanish explorers in the 1800’s (the missionaries) and was primarily used for grazing of cattles, horses and oxens. It was originally called the “Spanishtown” until 1874 when it was named after a store called “Half Moon Bay”.
Now, this small seaside town has won the title of the “Top 15 happiest seaside towns in America” and also one of the “Best small towns in the world”. What honours this little town has! The 12,500 residents are not surprised. About 25 minutes by car from San Francisco, the town boasts a world-class hotel – the Ritz, a bay for kayaking, swimming and surfing, gorgeous golf courses, numerous sandy beaches, a pumpkin festival as well as a crab season. The town has more than 50 historical homes for the tourists to visit. The top 3 industries are agriculture, tourism and commercial fishing.
I am most happy that I live so close to this delightful seaside town.
(photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links)