- Princeton-by-the-Sea, California
Princeton-by-the-Sea (sometimes, especially locally, called Princeton) is an
unincorporated communityon the coastof San Mateo County, California. The ZIP Codeis 94019 and the community is inside area code 650.
This area was inhabited by
Ohlonetribes in pre-Columbian times. Because of the special microhabitat of the adjacent Pillar Point Harbor, there are numerous pelagicbirds that visit the local area. The area has a boating cachet for harboractivities and has been a tourist destination since the early 1900s with the establishment of the Princeton Inn Hotel. As of 2000, the population of the community is 297.
Besides the harbor, with its piers and docks, Princeton has a number of shops, restaurants, and accommodations. The community is near State Route 1, the
Cabrillo Highway, just north of Half Moon Bay and south of Moss Beach.
The annual surfing competition Mavericks actually takes place in Princeton, although it is usually attributed to neighboring Half Moon Bay.
This community is located on level ground at an elevation of five feet (1.5 m) above mean sea datum (U.S. Geological Survey, 1980). The soil in the Princeton-by-the-Sea vicinity has good drainage, since the surface consists of marine deposits with underlying water bearing
sediments of unconsolidated sandand graveldeposits (Earth Metrics, 1989). Until 1973 extensive row crop farmingwas conducted immediately at the northern edge of Princeton.
Half Moon Bay Airport
U.S. Geological Survey, "Montara Mountain, California, 7.5 Minute Quadrangle", 1956, photorevised 1980.
* Earth Metrics Inc, "Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Shorebird Restaurant, 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea", Report # 10310, Nov. 10, 1989
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