Discover Half Moon Bay…

With its wealth of beaches, parks, open spaces and the great Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay has a plethora of outdoor recreational activities for you to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a day hike through the Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, biking down the Coast Bluff Trail or a stand up paddle in Half Moon Bay’s harbor. And after the fun and games are over, take a breather and enjoy one of its fine restaurants or pick out that perfect gif and one of the unique boutiques.

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Biking

|| Guided Tours       || Rentals       || Trails

Guided Bicycle Tours

Coastal Elegance Tours — Providing guided eco-tours

Half Moon Bay, California   (650) 712-8456

Come with us and & experience unsurpassed personal attention while exploring one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in North America.

Bicycle Rentals

The Bike Works

20-G Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay  (650) 726-6708

BikeRec.Com

(650) 726-8686

Bicycle Trails

Coastside Trail -- Half Moon Bay

Coastside Trail — Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay State Beach
95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA  (650) 726-8819

The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the four Half Moon Bay area beaches providing close to three miles of multi-use trails to walk, jog or ride bikes. The trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor.

Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Half Moon Bay, CA  (650) 949-5500

The 3,120-acre preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The preserve was established with a gift of $2 million from the Save-the-Redwoods League.

The centerpiece of the Preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, creek, ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub, tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the canyon. The coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.

See Also State Parks and Beaches…

 

Bird Watching

Bocce Ball Courts

La Nebbia

La Nebbia is a local Half Moon Bay boutique winery known for their bold red wines. Friday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm you can enjoy some delicious wines and unwind with a picnic in their garden area. You can also rent one of their Bocce Ball Courts for $35 per hour.

Major rating websites rate La Nebbia 3.5 to 4.3 stars out of 5.

Address: 12341 San Mateo Road – Half Moon Bay – CA 94019
Phone: 650.726.9463
Website: http://www.lanebbiawinery.com/play.php

Day and Summer Camps

Half Moon Bay Day and Summer Camps provide a wide variety of fun and educational opportunities for children of all ages. From sports and cooking camps to farming and horseback riding, you are sure to find something that will engage your child throughout the summer months.

Learn more by going to our children’s camp page

Fitness Centers

Fit

625 Third Ave, Half Moon Bay – (650) 726-4040

Peak Performance Pilates

717 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA  (650) 726-1657

Fishing

Our guide to Half Moon Bay Fishing provide valuable information on fishing conditions, available charter boats and fishing fleets

Fishing Reports and Services

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle

Provides a comprehensive daily fishing report and, of course, bait and tackle.

Address: 27 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 728-3377
Website: https://www.hmbfishing.com/fishcounts.php

Fishing Charters and Party Boats

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat

Major rating websites rate Queen of Hearts 3.5 to 4.7 stars out of 5.

Address: 1 Johnson Pier h9, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-2926
Website: https://www.hulicat.com/

Queen of Hearts

They provide fishing charters and whale watching tours.

Major rating websites rate Queen of Hearts 4 to 4.9 stars out of 5. We rate them a solid 4.2 stars.

Address: 27 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (510) 581-2628
Website: https://fishingboat.com/

Riptide Sportfishing

Located in the Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, Riptide Charters provides individuals and groups adventures in sport fishing and whale watching.

Major rating websites rate Riptide Sportfishing 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.

Address: 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 728-8433
Website: https://www.riptide.net/

Golf Courses

Hiking

Half Moon Bay is home to a number of wonderful areas that are perfect for hiking and nature walks.

To review our listings of hiking trails and nature walks, please click here for a complete list of trails.

 

Horse Back Riding

Sea Horse Ranch Friendly Acres Sea Horse Ranch Friendly Acres

1828 North Cabrillo Hwy (Hwy 1), Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-2362

Kayaking

Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.

Pillar Point Harbor, Parking in lot C  (650) 773- 6101

 

Massage - Therapeutic

Coastside Healing Arts

625 D Purissima Street, Half Moon Bay – (650) 726-2900

Half Moon Bay Massage

940 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA  (650) 726-3555

Irma Morawietz-Therapeutic Massage

HMB Studio and In-Home Appointments  – (650) 888-8988

Serving Half Moon Bay and the Coastside – A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and Certified Nurses Aid (CNA), I have many years of experience and regularly take workshops to expand and enhance my skills.

 

 

Rock/Wall Climbing

Castle Rock State Park

Along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park contains 3,600 acres of coast redwood, Douglas-fir, and madrone forest. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are popular with rock climbers, and hikers can enjoy the 32 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

Roller Skating

Sailing Schools

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

214 Princeton Ave. (at Vassar Street) Princeton, CA
(650) 728-2120
Website: http://www.hmbyc.org/

 

Scenic Boat Tours/Rentals

Fishing Charters and Party Boats

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat

Major rating websites rate Queen of Hearts 3.5 to 4.7 stars out of 5.

Address: 1 Johnson Pier h9, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-2926
Website: https://www.hulicat.com/

Queen of Hearts

They provide fishing charters and whale watching tours.

Major rating websites rate Queen of Hearts 4 to 4.9 stars out of 5. We rate them a solid 4.2 stars.

Address: 27 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (510) 581-2628
Website: https://fishingboat.com/

Riptide Sportfishing

Located in the Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, Riptide Charters provides individuals and groups adventures in sport fishing and whale watching.

Major rating websites rate Riptide Sportfishing 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.

Address: 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 728-8433
Website: https://www.riptide.net/

 

SCUBA Diving

 

Surfing

 

General Surf Conditions in Half Moon Bay

Generally speaking, Half Moon Bay’s surf is often less than desirable because it is too exposed to the ocean and the Bay’s bottom is too flat to create the desired surf conditions.  On occasion, though, when the the perfect set of environmental conditions hit, it can create some truly great surfing conditions along the four miles of sandy beaches that make up the crescent shape of Half Moon Bay.

For more information on Half Moon Bay Surfing, please go to our surf page.

 

 

Theme Parks

Lemos Family Farm

12320 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 650) 726-2342

Explorer1.com Review – This family farm specializes in year round activities for children such as pony rides, tractor/train rides, petting zoo, etc.  Adults may find the seasonal decorations and crowds a little much, but children seem to love it!

 

Looking for a major theme park with really cool rides? Click here to expand your search.

 

Tours

Coastal Elegance Tours — Providing guided eco-tours

2 Alameda Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019  (650) 712-8456

Come with us and & experience unsurpassed personal attention while exploring one of the most ecologically diverse habitats in North America.

 

Train Rides

Roaring Camp Big Trees Railroad

Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest.

Departing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, travel through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, down the scenic San Lorenzo River Gorge, across a 1909 steel truss bridge and through an 1875 tunnel before arriving at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Major rating websites rate Riptide Sportfishing 4.5 to 4.6 stars out of 5. We rate it a solid 4.6 stars. The train travels through some spectacular scenery. It’s open air so in the fall it can be chilly, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Address: 5401 Graham Hill Rd, Felton, CA 95018
Phone: (831) 335-4484
Website: https://www.roaringcamp.com/

 

Walking

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. The Reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes and skunks.

As one of the most important remaining wetlands on the California Coast, each year thousands of birds rest and feed at the preserve — providing a wonderful opportunity to watch almost 200 species of birds.

The best bird watching times are late fall and early spring.

If you are interested, the Sequoia Audubon Society offers walking tours. You can contact them at http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/.

Hwy 1, 16 miles south of Half Moon Bay
Phone: (650) 726-8819
Website: https://www.coastsidestateparks.org/pescadero-marsh-natural-preserve

Pillar Point MarshPillar Point Marsh

(Fitzgerald Marine Reserve) (650) 728-3584

This unique marsh may be small, but it is an important habitat for local and migrating birds. Bird watchers at Pillar Point Marsh have sighted nearly 20% of all North American bird species. The other amazing fact about this marsh is it is fed by both fresh and salt water. More >>

Coastside Trail -- Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail — Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay State Beach 95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-8819

The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the four Half Moon Bay area beaches providing close to three miles of multi-use trails to walk, jog or ride bikes. The trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor. More>>

Purissima Creek Redwoods Open Space PreservePurisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

Address: Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 691-1200
Website: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/purisima-creek-redwoods
The 4,711-acre preserve is located on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The preserve was established with a gift of $2 million from the Save-the-Redwoods League.

The centerpiece of the Preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, with its towering redwoods, creek, ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Coastal scrub, tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir border the canyon. The coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.

Go to Parks & Beaches Page…

 

Whale-Watching Tours

Wind Surfing