Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay is a great option for novice and intermediate paddlers. The waters are generally quiet and relatively calm as long as you stay in the bay area.
What Makes It Great
Turn back toward land to enjoy scenic views of the San Mateo shoreline. Kayak and SUP rentals are also available nearby in Half Moon Bay. Spend a summer morning identifying an incredible variety of shorebirds and sea life, like harbor seals, sea lions and even migrating gray whales. While Half Moon Bay is typically protected, it is still the Pacific Ocean. Be sure everyone is prepared for the water.
Who is Going to Love It
Newer paddlers and SUPers are going to enjoy this honest-to-goodness foray into the Pacific Ocean, while experienced paddlers can make a long day of exploration starting from the harbor.