Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


Pescadero Travel Information

Pescadero Travel Information

Nestled into the rolling green hills behind Pescadero State Beach and Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is the small Town of Pescadero. With its unique shops, 19th Century buildings, and numerous eco-tourist offerings, it has become a very popular day and weekend travel destination. Whether you want to explore the Pacific Ocean's sand dunes and tide pools, trek through Redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, or visit local dairy, berry and pumpkin farms, they are all just minutes away.

Area Snapshot

||   Location – Located 2 miles east of Highway 1, it is just a short 16½ miles south of
Half Moon Bay and 34½ miles north of Santa Cruz.

||   Population – Around 2,050 residents

||   Established – The town has been thriving since the mid 1850's

||  Weather   –  Generally speaking, Pecadero has the warmest daytime temperatures during the spring and fall months.   During the summer months, days can be overcast, foggy, and very chilly  –  especially in June and July .  During the afternoons, the fog will often rollback to the coastline, allowing the town to warm in the summer sun.  Winter months are often overcast, rainy and cold.

||  Primary Industries  –  farming, ranching, and tourism.  (Timber was a huge industry in the early days.)

||  Area Attractions:

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve  –  A popular wildlife refuge great for bird watching and nature walks

Pescadero State Beach  –  The beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities. 

• Biking and hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

||  Tourist Destinations:

Duarte's Tavern and Restaurant – A h istoric restaurant and bar with roots that date back to 1894.  Known for its artichoke soup and seafood, it is a very popular destination for locals and tourist. In my opinion, their green chili soup is the best and their pies are to die for!

Harley Farms Goat Dairy  is a restored 1910 dairy farm.  Sign up for one of their weekend dairy & goat tours ($20 per person) or shop their Farm Store for critically-acclaimed cheese, apparel, and bath and body products .

• Pescadero is home to many 19th Century buildings that now house boutiques, markets, and eateries.

||  Festivals/Annual Events:

• Pescadero Chamarita Festival – Held in May (6 weeks after Easter) , the Portuguese Holy Spirit festival features marching bands and royal courts parading down Pescadero's Main Street.  For more information: (650) 726-5701

Pescadero Art and Fun Fair (PAFF) – Held on the third weekend of August, the old fashion country festival promotes local artists and raises funds to benefit local youth programs.

The Annual Pescadero Coastal Classic Road Race – Held in early to mid June, the 28-mile bicycle race travels through town and loops through coastal dunes and redwood groves.

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.