Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


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Half Moon Bay Campgrounds and RV Parks

Turn family screen time into actual face time by camping at a Half Moon Bay campground…

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.

To select another destination, please go to our Destination Explorer and search away!

Half Moon Bay State BeachHalf Moon Bay State Beach

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

Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.

Directions: The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. There are three parking and beach access points: Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Ave. in Half Moon Bay. Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Blvd. off Highway 1. Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Ave. off Highway 1.

Butano State Park — Campgrounds

1500 Cloverdale Rd., Pescadero, CA  (650) 879-2040

A 2,200-acre redwood park in the Half Moon Bay 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.

Big Basin Redwoods State ParkBig Basin Redwoods State Park — Primitive campgrounds

Rancho Del Oso, Hwy 1   831-338-8860

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

Costanoa Coastal LodgeCostanoa Coastal Lodge — Privately owned RV Park and campgrounds

2001 Rossi Road at Hwy. 1, Pescadero, CA (650) 879-1100

2001 Rossi Road – Pescadero, CA 

Connected to four State Parks – 30,000 acres of hiking trails – and a vibrant wildlife reserve – Costanoa offers the unique opportunity to experience outdoor living in comfortable stylish surroundings.  Accommodations include canvas cabins, a forty-room Lodge, campgrounds and RV parking. Special features include on-site spa services – horseback riding – mountain bike rentals – children's activities – and a general store and cafe.

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. 

Sam McDonald Park  — County Park

13435 Pescadero Creek Rd., Loma Mar, CA (650)879-0238

San Mateo County Memorial Park

9500 Pescadero Creek Rd., Loma Mar, CA (650) 879-0238

Sweetwood Group Camp Sweetwood Group Campsite

California State Department of Parks & Recreation, 800-444-7275.

Directions: Highway 1 at Ruisseau Francais, north of Half Moon Bay.

Pelican Point RV Park

1001 Miramontes Point Rd.,  Half Moon Bay, CA   (650) 726-9100

Pigeon Point Light StationPigeon Point Light Station — Hostel

210 Pigeon Point Rd. Hwy 1, Pescadero  (650) 879-0633

On California Highway 1, 20 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 27 miles north of Half Moon Bay

Pillar Point Harbor RV Park

4000 Cabrillo Hwy.,  Half Moon Bay, CA    (650)   (650) 712-9277

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 hookups.  More >>

Portola Redwoods State ParkPortola Redwoods State Park


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. 


What’s on Tap


Half Moon Bay Fall Festivals & Events:

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.



Top Fall Attractions:

Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast  – October

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.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Half Moon Bay Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

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.