An icon of Northern California, Pigeon Point and its lighthouse are a must-see along this stretch of the San Mateo coastline. This public treasure was nearly lost to development before POST stepped in and saved the land in 2005. Add it to the top of your list of local places to visit and, when you do, enjoy the scenic views from Mel's Lane.
Dolphins, otters, harbor seals and migrating gray whales in the spring and late fall.
Public access to this coastal gem was almost lost forever when, in 2000, a nine-unit motel was under construction at Pigeon Point. But POST stepped up and bought the three-acre area property. A few years later, Mel’s Lane was created in honor of lifelong conservationist Melvin B. Lane, a POST co-founder and first chair of the California Coastal Commission.