During our first visit to San Francisco with our daughter, we took a break from the busy city and headed south to Half Moon Bay – a laid back and quaint town in between San Fran and Santa Cruz.
Known for it’s boutique hotels, independently owned shops and restaurants and kid friendly activities, we spent an entire day exploring and eating.
We left San Francisco around 8 AM in the morning and headed to Half Moon Bay’s most famous brunch at Navio – inside the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay – where we feasted on caviar, duck prosciutto, crab filled soup dumplings, sushi, prime rib, ceviche and of course a ton of dessert.
We walked down the path from the Ritz Carlton to towards the beach while our daughter napped in her stroller.
In the afternoon we spent some time at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve searching for water critters in the tide pools.
We ended our day near the harbor just outside Oceano Hotel and feasted on what else – seafood!
We found an empty picnic table and ate fish and chips from Barbara’s Fish Trap (hands down, it is the BEST fish and chips we’ve had so far) and a lobster roll with chowder from Sam’s Chowder House.
More meat than bread — my kind of lobster roll!
If you’re looking for a day or two away from the hustle and bustle of San Fran, I’d highly recommend visiting Half Moon Bay.
Tips for Visiting Half Moon Bay
If you’re planning on having brunch at Navio inside Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay – arrive with an empty stomach. This is a pricey brunch ringing in at over $100 per person and you want to make sure you have room to try at least one of everything!
Be prepared to order takeout at Sam’s Chowder House. We were told the wait for a table was close to 2 hours.
Depending on when you’re visiting, be prepared to be stuck in traffic on your way to Half Moon Bay. We visited on a Saturday and had to make several pit stops for bathroom breaks. An extra large iced coffee before leaving the city was a very bad idea!