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Half Moon BayUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Lodge
Half Moon Bay Lodge
3 out of 5
2400 Cabrillo Hwy S, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is $129 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated in Half Moon Bay, this golf hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Manhattan Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Half Moon Bay State Beach. Pelican Point Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (942 reviews)

"This is an older hotel and it shows. But I was comfortable in spite of that."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

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 Oct 27 to Oct 28

This family-friendly Half Moon Bay hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Half Moon Bay Golf Links and Half Moon Bay State Beach. Pelican ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (504 reviews)

"We had a delightful stay! Our room overlooked the ocean and was what we expected. We were celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday. We arrived around 7 pm and we were surprised to be told the outside terrace closed at 7:30 pm. We were the last ones to put in an order for food at the bar and enjoyed ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

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 $220 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (960 reviews)

"Good location, room set up is nice with a seating area and refrigerator separate from the bed. But in the evening, there was no parking left for guests, either underground or in the neighboring lot. You can hear noise from the room next door. WiFi dropped frequently in one hour. With COVID-19, the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Oceano Hotel and Spa
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.

Vacation Rentals in Half Moon Bay

@ Marbella Lane - Beachfront House in Half Moon Bay
@ Marbella Lane - Beachfront House in Half Moon Bay
3.5 out of 5
175 Ocean Blvd, Half Moon Bay, CA

Situated on the beach, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericks Beach. Vallejo Beach and JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Beach house was perfectly located!

"Our stay in Half Moon Bay was wonderful! The beach house was fantastic! It was very clean, stocked with pots and pans and all your kitchen needs to cook, it was literally on the beach, had beautiful views and was perfectly situated in between pillar pier, and a great area to tidepool! Marbella was ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

@ Marbella Lane - Beachfront House in Half Moon Bay
Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
Half Moon Bay, CA

Situated in Half Moon Bay, this romantic vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Vallejo Beach and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Mavericks Beach. Pillar Point Harbor and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Beautiful

"Very nice, the property gives you a feeling that you are in the quiet of nature. The garden is lovely and accommodations are comfy everything you need for a beautiful place to unwind. Theresa and Don"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
Entire Beach House 4Br 3.5ba
Entire Beach House 4Br 3.5ba
Half Moon Bay, CA

Situated near the beach, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Vallejo Beach and Naples Beach. Miramar Beach and Roosevelt Beach are also within 15 ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Beach House Beauty

"it was a beautiful house in a perfect location and a literal 2 minute walk to the beach. My group and I would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Entire Beach House 4Br 3.5ba
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.

Popular places to visit in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Half Moon Bay State Beach

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Half Moon Bay State Beach, a popular beach in Half Moon Bay. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Miramar Beach
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Miramar Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Miramar Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Half Moon Bay. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay
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Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay during your travels in Half Moon Bay? Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Pelican Point Beach
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Pelican Point Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Pelican Point Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Half Moon Bay. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Pillar Point Harbor
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Pillar Point Harbor

4/5(10 reviews)

Explore the waterfront of Pillar Point Harbor and enjoy other activities such as hiking in El Granada. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Francis Beach
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Francis Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Francis Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Half Moon Bay. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Half Moon Bay

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$44
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

$129
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Muir Woods and Sausalito - Return by Bus, Ferry or Bike ride
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Muir Woods and Sausalito - Return by Bus, Ferry or Bike ride

$73
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Catamaran Sailing Cruise on the Bay
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Catamaran Sailing Cruise on the Bay

$60
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
San Francisco: One day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour
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San Francisco: One day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour

$189
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Private Airport Vip Sedan Transfer from or to SFO to Marin County
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Private Airport Vip Sedan Transfer from or to SFO to Marin County

$132
Per adult

Reviews of Half Moon Bay

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.035928143712574%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.287425149700598%
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1 - Terrible 1.1976047904191616%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Planning on going back

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Very relaxing and picturesque town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

Love the area. Lots of food options. Everyone seems so happy in Half Moon Bay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

We will need to sample these other restaurants. They all look good. We love the beaches.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

Beaches are absolutely beautiful but the food was terrible. We live in an area of world class dining and the food we found in and around Half Moon was reheated frozen food. Would only go back for a day trip for the beach and bring our own food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Love HMB. Small town feel despite heavy tourist rush on weekends.

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