The state of California is blessed with a lot of tourist sites: from the urban jungle that is Los Angeles to the art deco fare of San Francisco all the way to the wine producing stretches of Napa Valley. Despite these famous destinations, tourists and residents still discover other off-the-beaten-path destinations in and around the state.
California’s Highway 1 is a long scenic ride along the coast. It is a 650-mile stretch of ocean views and rustic communities. So, it is unsurprising that there are destinations along the highway that tourists are raving about these days.
Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery at Monterey Bay
No ride off the coast is complete without going to a community’s fish market. Famous in its side of California, Phil’s Fish Market and Eatery comes highly recommended by locals, so it’s a legitimate must-try. It is deemed the best among local eats in Moss Landing. Phil’s serves some good old clam chowder, smoked fish (a choice of salmon, halibut, etc.), and ceviche, among others. But their piece de resistance is the cioppino, a fish stew that brims with other local seafood.
One can also arrange for whale watching tours and kayaking as bonuses to this trip.
Half Moon Bay’s Cowell Ranch State Beach
One of the most underrated parts off of Highway 1 is San Mateo County. But one only needs to head out to this part to know its charms. It also helps that the county has one of the best roads in California. There are pocket beaches to discover here. One hidden gem is called Cowell Ranch State Beach. The beach is quite secluded since it is located 3.3 miles south of Half Moon Bay. A half mile trail leads to the cliffs and the sandy beach area.
Visit the place in early spring to get a distant view of newborn seal pups on the beach. This part of Cowell Ranch has been declared a protected area for seals and is therefore off-limits to the public.