Enjoying a prime location on the coast side of the Peninsula, Half Moon Bay is of the county’s oldest communities and hottest spots for accelerated growth and expansion. The historic business district offers a glimpse of life in the 1800’s when farmland dotted the unspoiled countryside. Sandy beaches, lagoons, redwood forests, beautiful state parks, fields of wild flowers, and hiking along coastal bluffs are just a few of the attractions to this scenic area. Hospitality represents a flourishing business in the coastal communities where residents and visitors alike enjoy lush parks, stores, bakeries, galleries, cafes, art studios, spas, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and charming bed-and-breakfast inns. Housing choices range from newly constructed to elegantly restored older homes. Among the distinctive towns that punctuate the coastline is Pescadero, a New England style community of framed houses and steepled churches. Princeton-by-the-Sea has become a haven for commercial fisherman and recreational boaters, whereas Montara attracts a significant population of artists and writers.