Half Moon Bay, CA Travel Guide

Half Moon Bay is a California coastal gem that seems unyielding to the progression of time.  A walk through the center of town is like going back to yesteryear, but don’t let the vintage facade fool you, it’s home to many delightful restaurants and unique shops that can cater to just about any interest.

Although it doesn’t have the major tourist attractions such as Monterey’s world renowned Aquarium or Santa Cruz’ popular Beach Boardwalk, it does have pristine beaches, protected open spaces, and redwood preserves – creating an abundance of outdoor activities that can fulfill just about any outdoor enthusiast.

During late fall and early winter, cars traveling around Half Moon Bay become adorned with bundled Christmas trees from one of the Half Moon Bay's local farms and tree lots. When the scent of evergreen fills the air, you know it's official—the holiday season is well underway in Half Moon Bay! Perhaps one of the most active times of the year for this small coastal town.

Normally during the holiday season, you would see Half Moon Bay's quiet streets swell with people shopping at the downtown shops and restaurants and enjoying some old fashioned styled events like the tree lighting, lighted boat parade, and the night of lights.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, most of the holiday events have been cancelled this year. But not to worry. There are still plenty of activities in Half Moon Bay that you can do safely through mask wearing and social distancing. Enjoy our beaches, hiking, biking and, yes, Christmas tree cutting! This is a great family activity enjoyed by thousands of tourists each year. Just be respectful and protect each other!

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Extreme Fire Danger

Please be safe… August 2020 saw some of the biggest wildfires in California’s history. Massive losses of forest acreage, homes and businesses. And, unfortunately, we are just now entering the peak fire season. Please be...



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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Established in 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s first state park, and, it is with a heavy heart, I must say that it has been devastated by the August 2020 wildfires.

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Located about four miles north of Half Moon Bay, Mezzaluna offers southern Italian dishes with a California flair. They try to source much of their high quality  meats, fish, and produce.

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Mill Rose Inn

Downtown Half Moon Bay — The Victorian-style boutique Inn Is flanked by gardens featuring...

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Oceano Hotel and Spa

The Oceano Hotel and Spa is located in Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Pillar Point Harbor within four miles of Montara Lighthouse.  Some of the Hotel features include:  Full-service health spa, on-site restaurants, Bars Fitness Center, complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access throughout the Hotel Business Center and meeting rooms.  Guestrooms features include: balconies with views of the Harbor, ocean and coastal mountain range, separate sitting areas with fireplaces...

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