Home to Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericks, breathtaking views from the Highlands and some of the Coast’s best restaurants.
From the harbor to the highlands, El Granada offers surprising variety for a town its size. Originally developed around the turn of the last century as a seaside resort for visitors from San Francisco, El Granada features an unusual concentric-circle street layout that was designed by Daniel Burnham, one of the foremost urban designers of his time.
There are four distinct neighborhoods in El Granada: Lower El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Clipper Ridge and El Granada Highlands. Lower El Granada features the Post Office and is at the center of the town while the Highlands feature some sweeping views of the harbor and the ocean. Princeton-by-the-Sea has streets named after famous colleges and hosts famous fish markets and some excellent restaurants. Clipper Ridge is named for the nearby trail, has more of a suburban feel, and is the only neighborhood in El Granada with mail service.
Every year, the community comes together for the Lighted Boat Festival at the harbor, which also features some of the area’s best restaurants and shops. Just outside the harbor is the world-renowned Mavericks where some of the world’s best big wave surfers come to compete. Just south of the harbor is Sam’s Chowder House, which was named one of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America by Food & Wine Magazine.
El Granada also features several great trails for hiking, including the easily accessible Quarry Park Trail.
In El Granada you get the best of both worlds, a peaceful setting with plenty of natural beauty, world famous beaches and some of the best restaurants on the Coast.
Restaurant: Mezza Luna. There are plenty of options, but this Italian place is excellent.
Casual Food: Barbara’s Fish Trap.
Bar: Old Princeton Landing (OPL to the locals) features great food and drinks and regularly hosts live music.
El Granada Elementary School K-5
Wilkinson School (private) K-8