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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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £110 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

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! (973 reviews)

"The lodge is located a little south of Half Moon Bay and the room overlooked a golf course. It was a quit and relaxing place away from the hustle and bustle of town but still close enough to do things. It was about a mile walk to the beach and then there was a beautiful path that went all the way ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Half Moon Bay Lodge
Oceano Hotel and Spa
Oceano Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
280 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, CA
The price is £178 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

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! (983 reviews)

"The suite was GORGEOUS. Most notable for me was the bathroom, with both a spacious tub and shower, but which also included a window that directly opened into the adjacent bedroom area where our bed was located. I know nothing of home decor, but I was very charmed by the refined nautical vibe present ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2020

Oceano Hotel and Spa
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 £715 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

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! (513 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 16 Oct 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Half Moon Bay

Modern Luxury Ocean Front Home
Modern Luxury Ocean Front Home
360 Princeton Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA

Situated by the ocean, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericks Beach. Vallejo Beach and Naples Beach are also ...

Modern Luxury Ocean Front Home
Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
427 El Granada Blvd, Half Moon Bay, CA

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

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Birthday getaway

"The privacy of this location was outstanding. Phil was responsive when needed but otherwise unobtrusive. The grounds are amazing. I want to take classes from Phil on succulents! Thanks for sharing your space."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2020

Private Studio , Spectacular Ocean View , Bathroom , Kitchenette, Very Quiet
Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
356 Princeton Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA

Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pillar Point Harbor and Mavericks Beach. Vallejo Beach and Miramar Beach are also within ...

Spectacular Luxury Brand New Half Moon Bay Home
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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