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Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

#9 of 29 in Things to do in Half Moon Bay
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The San Mateo County Harbor District, runs Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton and Oyster Point Marina/Park in South San Francisco, was created by a County election in 1933. It was originally formed to build a harbor at Redwood City, but the Great Depression intervened.

Coastsiders then pushed to get a breakwater built at Pillar Point for a harbor of refuge for the fishing fleet. The Army Corps of Engineers began work on this breakwater after World War II and finally completed it in 1961. The Johnson Pier, docks and 369 berths, and the inner breakwater were built during the 1970's and 1980's. Pillar Point remains a major commercial and sport fishing harbor, and is host to many public events including the annual Mavericks surfing competition, and the Christmas boat decorating contest.
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  • We went to Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, We had lunch at Ketch Joanne We then went and looked at the boats. We also saw a number of people fishing, It was interesting as they all brought.....  more »
  • We like to travel to Half Moon Bay especially when there is good weather. We always park in the lot at Pillar Point - LOTS of available parking! There is a walking/biking trail that runs through...  more »
  • It's so elegant and beautiful. The atmosphere is nice and very clean. I highly recommend going this place especially when the weather is sunny. Kayak rental is also available at the site. Also, you can buy fresh fish and sea urchins here.
  • Very pricey for RV parking and no hook ups. Enjoyed the harbor and peir activities. Brought a Wild King Salmon fresh off the boat. Nothing better

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