Half Moon Bay, CA Travel Guide

Situated on the Pacific Coast, approximately 30 miles south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay is a California coastal gem well known for its beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, quaint downtown, and scenic coastal views–making it a popular destination for tourists seeking a relaxing getaway.  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.

Known for its picturesque beauty and natural resources, such as the Half Moon Bay State Beach, it offers a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, surfing, fishing, and camping. The area is also home to several nature preserves, including the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, which offers visitors an opportunity to explore the unique marine life and ecosystems of the California coastline.

Half Moon Bay has a rich agricultural history, with numerous family-owned farms and pumpkin patches. The town also hosts an annual Art & Pumpkin Festival, which draws visitors from around the world to see the giant pumpkins on display, sample pumpkin-themed foods, and enjoy live entertainment.

In addition to its natural beauty and agricultural heritage, Half Moon Bay has a thriving downtown area with numerous restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. The town also has a strong sense of community, with several local events and festivals throughout the year that bring residents together to celebrate their unique culture and traditions.

For a quick overview of Half Moon Bay's top activities and attractions, go to our Top 10+ Activities in Half Moon Bay page.

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Extreme Fire Danger

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Family Favorite Activities


Coastside History Museum

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Places to Eat


Moss Beach Distillery

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Places to Stay

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Mill Rose Inn

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Wedding Venues


Half Moon Bay Wedding Venues

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