Point Montara Lighthouse, Half Moon Bay, California
It's only a few miles south of the San Francisco metro area, but the Montara/Half Moon coast feels remote, rustic, and quiet. Within half an hour of what was a gorgeous drive along California Hwy. 1 reminiscent of the Big Sur area, we found ourselves racing through rows and rows of terraced housing in West San Fran. Point Montara has been in operation since 1875, but the foggy, unhabitable, and treacherous "Devil's Slide Coast seperates the Half Moon Bay coast from Pacifica, the first of San Francisco's many suburbs, and thus isolates the coast, physically and culturally, from the growth of the Bay area.
The lighthouse is so short because it's already on a bluff, and any extra height would put it into the standard height of the frequent fog that the Bay area is so famous for.