I don't play volleyball, I don't sail, I don't swim, I don't surf, and I don't fish. These are all things you can do at Harbor Beach. Yet I'm there almost every day, and I love the place. Because I love to hang out, and there's no better place to do it.
Frankly, it's got the only coffee house around that's right on the beach. The wife and I watch the sun come up over Monterey Bay there nearly every morning. People pay huge money to go see a view like that, and I don't have to pay anything but a few bucks for a coffee and a muffin. Good baked goods, too. Sailors, fishermen, old salts, athletes, live-aboards, characters -- they're all there, Throw the left-over pastry to the gulls and watch the pelicans fly overhead like squadrons of bombers.
People run on the beach and fish on the rocks and pole paddleboards out of the harbor; boats sail out to sea, and back in tagain. On weekends there's volleyball, often tournaments. Don't miss the Halloween tournament, it's in costume. Every Saturday morning the Sons of the Beach show up, over 100 of them, for a mass ukelele concert. On Wednesdays or Thursdays in good weather, the Crow's Nest restaurant throws a beach barbecue with beer and entertainment.
And there's a bar in the Mexican restaurant and you can take out burritos to eat outside. Or get fan-say and go to the Crow's Nest, a conventional but extremely competent restaurant where nearly every table has a sea view and a reasonably-priced restaurant may be had with a Bloody Mary every day.
Saturday and Sunday afternoon on good days are great; local families come with their kids, volleyball is going, sail boats are all over the bay, slackers and bikini girls are plentiful, big parties get going farther down the beach at the fire pits. They're all doing things. Me, I just like to watch it all with a book and a coffee and hang. There is, again, no better place.
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