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Famous Movies Shot in Half Moon Bay

As a movie buff, one of my passionate pleasures when traveling is to visit the filming locations of popular Hollywood movies. I find it fascinating to plant my feet on the same ground as my favorite actors and see the magic that cinematography does to a place. But then again, Half Moon Bay in California is no ordinary locale because of its quaint shops, romantic bed and breakfasts, sparkling ocean, and dramatic scenic roads as you drive along the Pacific Coast. So if you ever plan to go on a road trip to San Mateo County, make sure to stop by these places made famous by movies.

Harold and Maude (1971)

This cult classic was filmed in different cities in Northern California, and one of these is in Half Moon Bay when Harold drives past a daisy field and farmhouse located along Highway 92 West.

Final Analysis (1992)

Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, and Uma Thurman shot a scene for this movie at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Even if you’re not in it for the movie, this lighthouse built in 1871 is worth a visit because, you’ll be amazed to find out, it’s the tallest lighthouse on the U.S. West Coast.

Bicentennial Man (1999)

Robin Williams was a robot that developed human emotion in this Oscar-nominated movie Bicentennial Man. One of the scenes was filmed on the Henry Cowell Ranch Beach because who could resist the most romantic beach this side of California? To get here, drive south down Highway 1 and walk for a half mile along an artichoke field and you’ll find this spectacular beach.

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Jennifer Connelly plays the character of a woman who is desperately reclaiming the home she lost and stars alongside Ben Kingsley in the movie House of Sand and Fog. When their producers were looking for fog as the backdrop, they got everything they wanted to set the mood for the movie. One of the scenes was the Devil’s Slide area on Highway 1, called as such because of its steep, rocky terrain.

American Wedding (2003)

The third installment in the American Pie series, the famous comedy shot its wedding scenes at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 1 Miramontes Point Road right next to the astounding Pacific Ocean. Even though the theme of the movie was more on humor, they still made an unfailing choice to have the wedding ceremony with the grand hotel on the cliff as the backdrop.

 

 

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