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Half Moon Bay Dog Park
Wavecrest Rd & Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Half Moon Bay Dog Park is an example of what can be accomplished when residents join together to improve theirMore community. Located off of Highway 1 -- tucked away next to Smith Field Little League Park and the Half Moon Bay Horseshoe Pits -- the park opened in 2001 after the city agreed to set aside the area as a public space where dogs could run off leash. Although the park is under the jurisdiction of the Half Moon Bay Recreation Department, the Committee for a Coastside Dog Park pays for maintenance costs, which includes the fencing around the park, the grounds and cleaning. Since there is no entry fee, the committee holds periodic fundraising events. It also encourages users to join the committee and contribute a donation to keep the park open. The wood chip-covered grounds are well kept, and there are picnic tables and lawn chairs for the dogs' owners. A small walk-in structure holds cleaning supplies and information for visitors. There is no separate play area for small dogs. To enter the park, dogs must be fully immunized, dewormed, licensed by owners and wearing an identification tag. Dogs less than four months old, as well as those who have not been vaccinated for parvo virus or kennel cough, are not allowed in the park.
Flying Fish Grill
99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The first thing you will notice about Flying Fish Grill is all the cars in the parking lot! This restaurant is knownMore as "one of the worst kept secrets on the coast." With positive reviews in many national magazines and television shows, this small, unique restaurant is a definite destination stop for visitors when they come to Half Moon Bay. The Crabby Cheezy Bread, Jeaux's Special and cioppino are just a few of the popular items on the menu. The restaurant has a colorful, outdoor garden seating area which will make you feel like you are on vacation, even if you do have to go back to the office afterwards.

Flying Fish Grill is a dog-friendly business.

Half Moon Bay State Beach
95 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

At the Half Moon Bay State Beach, visitors can camp, fish, swim, surf and even try horseback riding on the trailMore above the beach. Located west of Highway 1, the four-mile beach has three parking lots that each give access to a different section: Francis Beach, Venice Beach and Dunes Beach. During weekends and holidays, a lifeguard is on duty.

A visitor center is open on weekends. Campers should make advance reservations by contacting Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275), or online at www.reserveamerica.com.  Fires, fireworks and dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time.

For those who don't want to leave Fido behind -- or would like to have the beach experience without getting sand between their toes --  it's possible to catch panoramic views from the picnic tables and the campgrounds.

Another option is walking, biking or running along the Coastside Trail, which overlooks the waves for an additional three-mile stretch. There's a generous smattering of benches, too. But be careful before setting out that picnic spread: Low-flying seagulls are plentiful.

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