Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


San Gregorio Travel Information

San Gregorio Travel Information

Historic San Gregorio – Once a thriving, booming community in the 1850s when it catered to wealthy San Franciscans looking for outdoor adventures, it's now primarily home to the Historic San Gregorio General Store (shown above).  The general store houses a post office, store and bar.

Area Snapshot

||   Location – Located 11 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 38 miles north of Santa Cruz.

||   Population – Around 300 residents

||   First Settled – The community has been thriving since 1850s

||  Weather   –  Generally speaking, San Gregorio 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, and some tourism.

Area Attractions:

San Gregorio State Beach 650-879-2170  –  The area includes a protected, driftwood-strewn estuary at the back of a wide, sandy beach – with grassy bluffs along the coast. The estuary is home to many birds and small animals. California Historical Landmark 26 commemorates the passage of Spanish Explorer Captain Gaspar de Portolá through this area in October 1769. Directions: The beach is located 10.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1.  More >>

Tourist Destinations:

Historic San Gregorio General Store  (650) 726-0565 –  General store and bar serving San Gregorio since 1889.  Live music every weekend

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

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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.