Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


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Half Moon Bay Surfing

Surfing in Half Moon Bay – Often the surf is below par, but sometimes when the conditions are just right, you can get some truly amazing surf!

Click here for surfing in Santa Cruz (60 miles south) and Monterey (100 miles south). Half Moon Bay Top Family-friendly Activities

General Surf Conditions in Half Moon BayGeneral 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. 

Mavericks – Half Moon Bay's Most Famous Surf SpotMavericks – Half Moon Bay's Most Famous Surf Spot

Just north of Half Moon Bay in Princeton, CA, the famous Mavericks can be found a ½ mile off of the Pillar Point Marsh shoreline. 

During the winter months the perfect set of environmental conditions can come together to create some of the biggest waves on the planet!  Although spectacular to look at, the waves at Mavericks should only be negotiated by professionals.  Less experienced surfers can find more appropriate waves along the local beach beaks.   

Additional Surf Links:

| Surf Report – Half Moon Bay and San Francisco

| Wet Sands – World Wide Waves – Provides information on surf, tide and beach conditions.

| WannaSurf  –  A free illustrated atlas of Monterey Area surfing with maps of surf spots, detailed descriptions and photos.  All the best weather and forecast maps. An interactive environment provides messages, reports and data editing.

| Mavericks – The Wave Beyond. This is a Web site dedicated to the surfing contest at Mavericks.

| Surf the California Coast

Half Moon Bay, CA 650) 726-8686

Surfing Lessons and Camps for the world-class waves of Half Moon Bay, California

| Maverick Surf Shop

25 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Telephone: (650) 560-8088

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.