When you head for the beach in Northern California, the required goods are pretty consistent: a towel, sweatshirt and maybe a picnic. Ever packed a helmet? It’s not something you need for an ordinary trip to the beach, but then Oceano is no ordinary beach.
The pumpkins are a work in progress, but don’t let that keep you from thinking about a getaway to Half Moon Bay. Just a little more than half an hour south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is the perfect place to get your summer beach fix.
Mendocino is known for its picturesque seaside setting. You expect to see things like shining blue water, rugged coast and even the not-so-pretty thick, wet fog.
Llamas out for a jaunt – well they make you question your eyes, and when you realize you’re not seeing things, even pull over.
One of the best things about going to Monterey County is all the great getaway choices waiting for you when you arrive. There are vineyards for wine lovers, tasty and healthy food options, miles of coastline for beach lovers and probably the world’s best known aquarium. If you’re a parent there’s even more reason to smile – because all of the above are family friendly.
Monterey County is a good place to hit the beach.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore beach lover or not, it’s hard to tear yourself away from scenic Carmel Beach. That usually leads to an afternoon or evening of wandering in Carmel-by-the-Sea. You can’t complain about that–but if you’re up for a relaxing change of pace, head to picturesque Carmel Valley.
This past weekend, we escaped on bicycles for a 20-mile bike ride to the beautiful seaside town of Montara.