Rugged Northern California Coast

Rugged Northern California Coast

The state of California holds much beauty, but the rugged northern California coast is unlike any other. It’s where the mountains meet the sea. It’s humbling and invigorating all at a once to experience.

We walked along the coast breathing in the salty air, wind in all up in my hair, and the ocean waves chasing our feet. As evening approached we headed back to Half Moon Bay for steaming hot tea and Thai noodles. The local Thai restaurant hummed with people from all walks of life. A surfer and a gal; whom looked to be on their 1st date,  a mother meeting her college daughter for dinner, large families, and us. A couple from the Midwest, living out our dreams. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read the full disclosure policy.


Rugged Northern California Coast

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Rugged Northern California Coast

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    I am a fan of the rugged California coast. If you haven’t been, try going up further north. The Sonoma coast is equally rough and charming at the same time.

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      Thanks for the tip, I hope to see the rocky Oregon or Washington Coast too.

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    Ruth | Tanama Tales

    Where do you take these photos? I live in California and have visited a lot of beautiful places in the states. I am constantly on the look for new places.

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      Ruth, this is on HWY 1 north of Half Moon Bay, near one of the surfing beaches… I can’t remember the name off the top of my head. It’s about half between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay.

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    Your photos are beautiful and make an excellent PR photo for California, but then it is such a beautiful state it doesn’t take much. I’ve only visited once and that was Bodega Bay. It was quite a long trip out to the ocean, but so worth it to see what there is when the land ends. 🙂

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      Awe thank you Patricia, I absolutely agree. Everyone should experience where the land ends and meets the sea!

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    Now I want to take a road trip to Cali!

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    Your photos make me miss the California coastline!! #WanderfulWednesday

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      It’s alluring isn’t it! I just had few photographs printed from our trip. So I can see whenever I want…

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    Beautiful photos. I have been to this area when I used to live in northern California. It reminds me of the grandeur of the ocean.

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      Thanks Rhonda, well put “the grandeur of the ocean”

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    Such stunning scenery!

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    I LOVED our trip to the Cali Coast! Such a stark difference between the beaches here in Florida. Hope to go back soon!!

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    bettyl - NZ

    These are awesome images! It’s interesting how it looks a lot like the coast here in New Zealand.

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      Thanks Betty, that is interesting. I noticed they each share a natural wildflower too

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    Wonderful place!