Nothing connects or reconnects a family as fast as when they can power off the electronics and experience nature.
To help your family unplug, we have created a list of what we think are some of the top campgrounds and RV Parks in Half Moon Bay. Whether you fancy tent, trailer or RV, there is a campground for just about any fellow explorer. Even if you just want to unplug a little, we list RV Parks that have plenty of creature comforts too!
If you are looking for a campsite along the beach, we suggest checking out Half Moon Bay State Beach. It’s a beautiful setting with panoramic ocean views and close to the City of Half Moon Bay. Please note that it can get busy – especially on the weekends from both overnight and day use. Also, some of the larger RVs can create a lot of noise from their external generators.
Another coast RV park option is Pillar Point Harbor RV Park. It also has great ocean views and it is located close to surfer beach and the harbor. The main drawback with this park is it is located right next to Highway 1, so expect traffic noise — especially during the day.
For more campgrounds along the coast or campgrounds in the forest, scroll down the page to see our entire list.
Butano State Park — RV Parking and Tent Camping
Located 25 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Hwy. 1, the park has miles of trails, which serves hikers and equestrians, links Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. Maps
A 2,200-acre redwood park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, featuring excellent hiking through the redwood groves. Only three miles from the Pacific coast, the park’s trails offer views of the Pacific Ocean and the Año Nuevo islands.
Major rating websites rate Butano State Park 4.5 to 4.7 stars out of 5.
Address: 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone: (650) 879-2040
2001 Rossi Road – Pescadero, CA Located 30 minutes north of the City of Santa Cruz, Costanoa is connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails with a vibrant wildlife reserve. Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings. Accommodations include canvas cabins – Douglas Fir Cabins – and a forty-room Lodge. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children’s activities – and a general store and cafe.
Major rating websites rate Costanoa 4.0 to 5 stars out of 5.
Address: 2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone: (650) 879-1100
Half Moon Bay RV Park & Campgrounds
460 Wavecrest Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 | (650) 726-7275
Located right off of HWY-1 next to Cameron’s British Pub, the Half Moon Bay RV Park and Campground offers all the amenities and services you need to make your RV or tent camping a very pleasant stay.
Memorial Park ─ San Mateo County Park
The park is made up of 499 acres and provides an opportunity to view old-growth redwoods. It has a picnic area, visitor center, camp store, a creek swimming area, and campfire programs.
The park is known for its family camping and the Tan Oak and Mt. Ellen Nature Trails.
Address: 9500 Pescadero Creek Rd, Loma Mar, CA 94021
Phone: (650) 879-0238
Pelican Point RV Park
1001 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-9100
On California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 27 miles north of Half Moon Bay
Address: 210 Pigeon Point Rd. Hwy 1, Pescadero
Phone: (650) 879-0633
Pillar Point Harbor RV Park
Located on the Pacific Ocean 15 miles south of San Francisco, Pillar Point RV Park offers recreational travelers world class views, access to salmon and albacore fishing, sailing, surfing (just ten steps away), hiking and a relaxing park and full amenities including electric, water, sewer and cable hookup
4000 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay, CA (650) (650) 712-9277
The park has a rugged, natural basin forested with coast redwoods, Douglas fir and live oak. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the canyon and its two streams, Peters Creek and Pescadero Creek.
The park has a 55-site family campground, 4 group campsites, and a trail camp for backpackers. It also protects some of the most remote and scenic redwoods in the region, the Peter’s Creek Grove.
Major rating websites rate Portola Redwoods State Park 4.0 to 4.6 stars out of 5.
Address: 9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda, CA 94020
Phone: (650) 948-9098
Sam McDonald Park — San Mateo County Park
Located approximately 3 miles west of La Honda on Pescadero Road, the park is a unique 850-acre facility, is . The park actually represents contrast between two separate natural environments. The northwesternly half, near 400 acres between Pescadero Road and Highway 84, is principally a lush growth redwood forest. The 450-acre portion, southeasterly , is primarily open ridge, grassy knolls and patchy brush areas. From this ridge area, vistas of the Butano and Skyline Ridges, and the Pacific Ocean can be seen.
Address: 13435 Pescadero Creek Rd, Loma Mar, CA 94021
Phone: (650) 879-0238
Sweetwood Group Campsite
California State Department of Parks & Recreation, 800-444-7275.
Directions: Highway 1 at Ruisseau Francais, north of Half Moon Bay.