Half Moon Bay, CA

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Half Moon Bay showing a beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people

Hike through a scenic park and enjoy fishing, bird-watching and other outdoor activities in this beautiful coastal city.

Half Moon Bay is a laid-back coastal town with beaches, cafés, galleries and bookstores. Shop for organic fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers and locally produced honey at a farmers’ market. Relax on spacious sandy beaches with picnic areas and kayak, fish, cycle or even whale watch.

Most visitors to Half Moon Bay spend the majority of their time at the beach. Moon Bay State Beach is one of the finest beaches in the region. Head to the visitor center on weekends to learn about the history of this wonderful beach. This 4-mile (6-kilometer) sandy stretch is great for fishing, picnicking and lounging.

Drive from Half Moon Bay to Mavericks Beach in less than 20 minutes. Due to rare underwater rock formations and Pacific Ocean storms, this beach often produces large waves. Watch surfers take on the giant offshore swells from the top of the bluffs.

Back in town, visit the Barterra Winery and taste some of their award-winning vintages. Embark on a salmon fishing charter; many boat trips depart from Pillar Point Harbor.

The Half Moon Bay Coastalside Trail is a scenic hiking, running and cycling trail that runs through the protected Wavecrest Open Space. Admire picturesque views of the ocean and spot birds such as hawks and herons.

Half Moon Bay is located in San Mateo County, California, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from San Francisco and just 30 minutes’ drive from San Francisco International Airport. The town is less than 15 minutes’ drive from numerous attractions, including the small coastal hamlets of El Granada and Moss Beach.

With its long golden beaches, oceanfront walking trails and wide range of outdoor activities, Half Moon Bay is a popular weekend escape for San Franciscans.

Half Moon Bay Lodge
Half Moon Bay Lodge
3 out of 5
2400 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is $158 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in Half Moon Bay, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manhattan Beach, Pelican Point Beach, and Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Half Moon Bay State Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"They let us check in early and were very nice"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Half Moon Bay Lodge
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
5 out of 5
1 Miramontes Point Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is $825 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Half Moon Bay hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Half Moon Bay Golf Links and Pelican Point Beach. Half Moon Bay State ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (542 reviews)
"One of the best experience in hotels. Fantastic view outside, perfect room condition and great food. The staffs are super kind and helpful. It was a short family getaway before the school just began, and everyone was happy. Definitely we will go back sometime."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Oceano Hotel and Spa
Oceano Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is $286 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Mavericks Beach, Miramar Beach, and Naples Beach. JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Montara ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Wifi was spotty. Constantly going off and on."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Oceano Hotel and Spa
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Stylish Seaside Cottage - Walking to Beach Edit
Stylish Seaside Cottage - Walking to Beach Edit
Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is $179 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Situated in Half Moon Bay, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vallejo Beach and Pillar Point Harbor. Miramar Beach and Naples Beach are also within ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Excellent - 5 Stars
"Traveled across country to San Francisco - perfect location - close to the city- would definitely stay again. Great detail was provided for guest convenience and enjoyment."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Stylish Seaside Cottage - Walking to Beach Edit
Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
Half Moon Bay, CA
Located in Princeton, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericks Beach. Vallejo Beach and Naples Beach are also within 3 mi ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Beautiful House, Great Location
"We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful property. It’s in a great spot for being close yet far enough to be nice and quiet. I would absolutely stay here again."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
3BDR coastal garden retreat w/fire pit, hot outdoor shower, half mile from beach
3BDR coastal garden retreat w/fire pit, hot outdoor shower, half mile from beach
Half Moon Bay, CA
This family-friendly Half Moon Bay vacation home is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay, Elmar Beach, and Dunes Beach. Francis ...
5/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
The perfect place
"I stayed at Meredith's place for a week in July 2021 with my 9-year old daughter, brother, and his 3 kids (ages 5, 7, and 9). It was beyond perfect. The house is beautiful and cozy and had a wonderful kitchen that was extremely well-equipped. The front and backyards are gorgeous havens with native ..."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

3BDR coastal garden retreat w/fire pit, hot outdoor shower, half mile from beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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