The Bay Area: Places to Explore

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Half Moon Bay

It may be the largest and most visited of the coastal communities, but Half Moon Bay is still by all measures a small town. Looking from the highway you'd hardly even know it was there. Turn onto Main Street, though, and you'll find five blocks of galleries, shops, and cafés, many of which occupy renovated 19th-century buildings. While traditionally this was an agricultural center for local growers of artichokes and other coastal crops, in recent years it has also come to be a haven for Bay Area retirees.

Getting Here and Around

To get to Half Moon Bay from San Francisco, take Highway 1, also known as the Coast Highway, south along the length of the San Mateo coast.

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