Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay

Planning to spend this holiday season in the scenic Northern California? Discover the true essence of Northern California at Half Moon Bay, a blend of traditional small town charm, soothing weather, abundant natural beauty and opportunities to experience the best of Northern California. Far away from the maddening crowds, Half Moon Bay promises a tranquil holiday experience like no other!

Situated along the exquisite Pacific coast, Half Moon Bay offers you the choice of more than 24 beaches to unwind at. Head over to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for tide pooling or visit the state beach to explore the diverse marine life. A star attraction is of course Mavericks, the world famous surfing spot well known for producing challenging and colossal waves. If the waves stir you up, you can rent a board and surf it up in calmer areas. Don’t know how to surf? Don’t fret; just enroll for lessons through Open Ocean Surfing and you’ll be crashing the waves in no time!

Things to do

The profusion of aquatic life around Half Moon Bay makes it an ideal place for angling. Catch a fish or two or buy fresh seafood at Pillar Point Harbor, the gateway to the National Marine Sanctuary. You can even be a part of sport fishing expeditions! In addition to fishing, Half Moon Bay provides excellent opportunities for kayaking and boating. Paddle away your anxieties in a kayak or undertake a scintillating moonlight excursion. Hop aboard a whale watching cruise and get up, close and personal with migrating grey whales. Or join a group kayak at sunset and get set for a brilliant view of the sun going down.

If you get tired of the water scene, there are plenty of things to do on land as well. A vast network of trails is available at Half Moon Bay for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Mcnee Ranch State Park is adorned with native flora and fauna and also offers a transcendent view of the Pacific Ocean from a height of 1898 feet! Plunge into lush eucalyptus groves and feast your eyes on a resonant potpourri of wildlife at Burleigh Murray State Park. Lose yourself in the dense redwoods dotting the Purisima Creek Trail or bike and hike along the Half Moon Bay State Beach’s Coastside Trail. There are options galore to get back to nature! If the land and water activities tire you out, there are many ways to rejuvenate yourself at Half Moon Bay. Tee off at the two world famous 18 hole golf courses at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links which offer a breathtaking view of the ocean as well as oceanfront holes!

There are numerous exciting events all through the year such as the exhibition of classic antique cars at the annual summer American Classics by the sea, Art and Pumpkin festival during the harvest season featuring the famous Pumpkin weigh off competition and many more. Shop away your blues at the various arts and crafts shops and gorge on freshly pulled out sea food in exotic seaside restaurants.

Half Moon Bay culminates the best of North California!

Related websites and additional information:

City of Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau