Half Moon Bay Travel Guide
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Providing Local Insight and Travel Information Since 1998
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.
The hillsides and coastal farms are awash in orange gourds and inflatables. It’s official—the Halloween season is well underway in Half Moon Bay! Perhaps the most active time of the year for this small coastal town.
If stop and go traffic and extremely large crowds are an important component for your travel plans, try visiting Half Moon Bay in October when its quiet streets swell with people during the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. If you plan to attend this highly publicized and populated event, you may want to make hotel reservations early.
Another huge draw this time of year are the area’s numerous pumpkin patches! This is a great family activity enjoyed by thousands of tourists each year.
What’s on Tap
The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off—Oct. 8, 2018 7am to 11am
The gathering of titanic pumpkins try to capture the coveted title and share of $30,000 in prize money.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Sunday Oct. 14, 2018 from 11am to 4pm.
Natural Bridges SB in Santa Cruz welcomes the monarchs back.
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13–14, 2018 9am to 5pm
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. Admission is free.
Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast – Sept. and Oct. 2018
Half Moon Bay, CA – The coast transforms into a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…
MORE Half Moon Bay Halloween Celebrations – October 2018
Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with Halloween inspired festivals and events….
For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.
The coast transforms to a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…
Fall is a Great Time to Visit the Coast!
Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino – Early Fall is generally some of the best weather on the coast. Plan a visit with your family or an escape for a romantic weekend.
Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May
Half Moon Bay 415 474-3385
Oceanic Society provides boat tours to view the gray whales as they swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds.
Traffic Conditions. During the pumpkin season, traffic in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be extremely challenging – especially during the Art & Pumpkin Festival weekend. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.