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Half Moon Bay has a small airport, as well as fishing and boating area. One can buy crab and other fish right off the boat from the local fishermen. One can go out on a charter boat rental for catching fish as well as sometimes they have excursions for whale watching.
In Downtown Half Moon Bay there are a number of trendy art shops, small restaurants, etc. The range of lodging is from inexpensive motel to bed and breakfast to 5 star (Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.). Ritz Carlton also has a golf course that has good ocean views. There is also gardens and a winery to visit. Close by is a "you pick um" berry farm; artichokes and other vegetables also do well growing in the area, so its a good place to stop and buy some local fresh vegetables.
One of the most famous things they grow in the area are pumpkins. Each year in October, there are several pumpkin farms one can visit and buy one's pumpkin. Also annually there is one week-end where there is the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Many art and craft vendors show their wares; in addition, one can buy many different food items made from pumpkin.
It is also a popular area for surfers and for those who enjoy watching surfers. Once a year, Half Moon Bay hosts the Mavericks surfing competition. Surfers come from all over the world if they are able to make travel arrangements literally overnight. That’s because surfing enthusiasts are only given less than 48 hours to show up in Half Moon Bay. The competition organizers usually do not know way ahead of time when surfing conditions are prime for the Mavericks. It was no different this year. When I visited one of the fine restaurants in Half Moon Bay called Mezzaluna on the evening of Sunday (February 5th), the wind had picked up considerably and, on the way back to Burlingame, heard in the news that 20-foot waves were hitting the area in the next two days. Thus, the invitation went out to surfers everywhere and the annual contest is now underway.