Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail and Fresh Fish


Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail bike ride

08.16.12

From the issue Coastal Flavor

Fresh Catch

Fancy yourself quite the catch? Prove it on a trip to Half Moon Bay, where plenty of fish in the sea works to your advantage! Start things off by romancing the coast on a car-free bike ride along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail (as part of Half Moon Bay State Beach, this is a walkable route). Wheel the love as you roll along this oceanfront gem. Start from Pillar Point Harbor on Miranda Road off of Highway 1 and pedal south along the paved trail, across old wooden bridges all the way to Poplar Avenue (5 miles one-way). En route you'll find lots of bluff-side benches for wave watching. Afterward, head back to the harbor to grab dinner: by grab we mean picking up fresh-caught fish sold "off-the-boat" every day. Prices are retail (a whole salmon is roughly $8 to $10 per pound), and here’s a tip to avoid feeling like a fish out of water while deciding what to get: call the "fishfone" (number below). A recorded message will update you on all the daily catches. Crab season begins in September, for those who like to get clawfully crazy in the kitchen. Was that a pinch you just felt?!

Fresh-caught fish is sold retail "off-the-boat" directly to the public at Pillar Point Harbor, seven days a week. Call the Fishfone to hear what's selling: (650) 726-8724, then 3. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is dog-friendly! 

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