Pacific Ocean Culture by Brooke Duthie in Montara, California, USA

Montara is a small coastal town located 25 miles south of San Francisco on HW 1. The homes are built on the western foothills of the San Pedro Mountain Range and the local culture is centered around the Pacific Ocean.

Name:Brooke Duthie


Tell us about the place you live:

Montara has 2000 residents but is only a 30 minute drive north to San Francisco. The summers are normally foggy and cool. The best time to visit is in the fall or spring when the weather heats up. The winter features massive waves that break up and down the coast attracting some of the worlds best big wave surfers. Mavericks is the most famous wave on the coast and can reach heights of over 80 feet (24 m).

A perfect day?

The perfect day in Montara starts and ends at the beach. Montara Mountain also has some great hikes with epic views of the ocean.

Before I die I want to visit:

Shanghai, China, where my Father was born.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Sebastiao Salgado (photographer), Andrew Bird (musician), Werner Herzog (filmmaker)


Name:Brooke Duthie


Favorite place to eat:

La Costanera

Local Tip:

The new Devils Slide Trail hugs one of the most dramatic coastlines in California. It’s suppose to open in early 2014.

Must Do:

Check out a few of the beaches, hike up Montara mountain and dress warm. The weather can change quick out here.