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Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

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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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  • A good place to watch boats. There’s a lot of signs of fish for sale, but it’s late afternoon and it’s too late, so there’s no fish. The boats are interesting. They are different size, and looks.....  more
    A good place to watch boats. There’s a lot of signs of fish for sale, but it’s late afternoon and it’s too late, so there’s no fish. The boats are interesting. They are different size, and looks.....  more »
  • This explains how to buy fresh fish/crab "off the boats Half Moon Bay", which people will suggest is something you ought to do but isn't very obvious. Use "Pillar Point Harbor" as your destination in....  more
    This explains how to buy fresh fish/crab "off the boats Half Moon Bay", which people will suggest is something you ought to do but isn't very obvious. Use "Pillar Point Harbor" as your destination in....  more »
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  • This is not like Pier 39 in San Francisco. This is a working pier in half Moon Bay with many fishing boats docked in the harbor. There's a sign at the harbormaster office showing you which boats are selling which fish that were freshly caught. There's a nearby small shopping and dining area with excellent restaurants. You can see harbor seals playing in the harbor. They have very clean and nice public restrooms as well.
  • Pillar Point Harbor has been a long time favorite destination of mine. I usually travel to the El Granada/Half Moon Bay Area when friends are visiting from out of town. This is my favorite area because of all the sea life, fresh ocean air, and seafood. This area has it all;coastline- hiking- views-photography opps-diners-breweries.......Great place.if you visit, please protect the area!

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