My husband and I stayed here over Labor Day weekend and I can't say enough great things about the place and location. The loft is beautifully decorated with incredible views of the ocean.and no detail was left unturned. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area with many great shops and restaurants all within walking/biking distance. And to have the beach right outside our door was magical. Thank you, Michael for sharing your place with us and we can't wait to visit again.
My husband and I stayed in the beachfront loft for an anniversary trip to Half Moon Bay in mid-June. What a fantastic location, which - along with a wonderful host - made this the best of our several visits to HMB over the past few years!
The loft itself is situated a stone’s throw (literally) away from the bay, and the morning views are even better now that the dilapidated Romeo Pier has been taken down. Every morning we enjoyed our coffee while we looked out the window at the boats, kayakers, and paddleboarders; people and dogs walking along the beach; and seals swimming just off the shore. The picture at the top of the listing – with the binoculars setting on the shelf inside the window – is a perfect representation of how close you are to the water.
When you arrive at the loft, be aware that you’ll be walking up a long flight of stairs. Once you’re up there, there is not one thing missing: this is one the best-appointed vacation rentals we have ever stayed in. From the aforementioned binoculars to the (truly) fully-stocked kitchen to the cozy-but-comfortable bed to the nicely-designed bathroom, we were hard-pressed to find anything Michael had not thought of. There was even a Beats Pill bluetooth/3.5mm speaker to play your music while sitting by the firepit on the ground level. There are bikes available, and you are steps away from some of the most beautiful trails you will ever see.
Anyone visiting Half Moon Bay – especially at this particular property – would be remiss if they didn’t explore the Pillar Point Bluff, Coastside Trail, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, and Highway 1. Pillar Point is within very easy walking distance from the loft, and offers some of the best ocean views anywhere in the world. Depending on the time of the year, you’re likely to see whales migrating. At the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – and even just from the cliffs on the way to Fitzgerald – you will see harbor seals, up close and personally (just don’t get *too* close). In the other direction, the Coastside Trail is a nice walk or bike ride with great views along the way. You can walk toward the Ritz-Carlton or even start at that end (parking for free in their garage). The trail is well-maintained and has a lot of informational signs all along the way.
The location of the loft in the Princeton by the Sea area is very close (an easy, less than 5-minute walk) to several restaurants: Mezzaluna, Seville Tapas, Old Princeton Landing Public House and Grill, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Barbara’s Fish Trap. It’s a longer walk or short drive to Sam’s Chowder House, Ebbtide Café (small breakfast place with a limited but *very tasty* menu), Miramar Beach Restaurant, Moss Beach Distillery, and several others. It’s about a 15-minute drive to the downtown area, with several shops and restaurants. And – very much depending on traffic – about 45 minutes or so to downtown San Francisco. The coastside drive up Highway 1, through Moss Beach, Pacifica, South SF, etc., is a very worthwhile activity in and of itself.
I could not recommend this property any more strongly. Michael is a very welcoming and gracious host, and seems willing to be as available or as invisible as you want him to be. He has truly thought of everything and was eager to help, if we needed it. We are looking forward to our next visit to Half Moon Bay and the loft.
Our family stayed at the Exotic Tropical Mavericks Loft for a Thanksgiving visit to Half Moon Bay/Princeton by the Sea. This third floor unit had an unobstructed view of the ocean and pier at Princeton, enjoying both the striking sunrises to the east and sunsets to the west. The host most generously stocked the kitchen with food, beverage, and equipment. There is cable tv as well as a strong wi-fi network, and secure parking. For our first 2 nights, we filled the unit to the allowable with our 2 grown daughters, our dog, as well as my wife and myself. Our last 3 nights were a bit roomier as our daughters departed. But even at capacity, the apartment never felt crowded. Being located on the third floor was manageable with a straight shot flight of interior stairs. Right below the apartment is a great walking beach that leads to the world famous Mavericks surfing beach. And nearby was a great collection of restaurants (Sam’s Chowder House, Half Moon Bay Brewery, MezzaLuna, Barbara’s Fish Trap, and the haunted Moss Beach Distillery), and a short drive away many more, in the town of Half Moon Bay and Miramar Beach. There is a wide variety of beaches as well. A Thanksgiving getaway was a unique experience for our family, one that we likely will repeat. It was made all the more enjoyable by our stay at the Exotic Tropical Mavericks Loft.
I don't know whether to start with the location or the loft itself - both were perfect. The place was like brand new, immaculate, and beautifully and thoughtfully stocked with everything we could imagine wanting. There is a wonderful wall of windows with a beautiful view of the beach and the harbor - we watched pelicans, seals, herons, sailboats, paddle boarders, and kids and dogs playing on the beach every day. The front door is maybe 20 feet from a public beach access point, and it's an easy walk to great restaurants etc. one direction, and series of hiking paths with dozens of breathtaking views the other. We stayed for a long weekend and wished we were staying a week; we've already started trying to figure out how soon we can come back. In short, we loved it.
The loft has a great beach view and is fully stocked from kitchen to bathroom ; living area and bedroom. We like the fact that it is very clean and Michael ( the owner ) is very nice and helpful. Our dog Sophie is allowed to stay also! This is our second time to stay here and we plan to revisit!