Half Moon Bay Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 76%Art & Design Lovers
- 68%Nightlife Lovers
- 59%Luxury Travelers
- 59%Family Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (68)
- Half Moon BayMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Aug 31, 2013
Half Moon Bay is a sleepy little beach town. Its the most easily accessible beach from Silicon Valley, so this is where the locals go. But don't be fooled - this is northern california, where fleece jackets are often as useful as bathing suits on the beach. That said, the setting is beautiful, and there are a few really nice hotels and restaurants.
- Half Moon BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 12, 2013
Take a stroll down Main Street for a dose of small town California. Shop for gifts, yarn, clothes, books, music, cowboy togs, travel gear or music. HMB also has some terrific restaurants. You can rent a bike and head for the coastal trail, or take a hike on nearby Montara Mountain. At low tide there's miles of state beach to play on.
- Half Moon BayMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Feb 24, 2013
Half Moon Bay is a beautiful town just about an hour and a half south of San Francisco. Mainly known for the Breakers surf competition, HMB is also known for it's small shops and independent businesses. A good place to get away to.
- Half Moon BayMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jan 11, 2013
Sleepy beach town with a cute downtown area, famous pumpkin festival in the fall and good surf spots. The world famous Mavericks surf competition takes place here. The Ritz-Carlton is perched on a cliff here and is a beautiful resort to visit.
- Half Moon BayDec 29, 2012
Half Moon Bay is one of the places Bay Area residents can escape to when the weather is actually cooperating. Be warned, even though it's sunny in the city, Marin or San Mateo does not necessarily mean it's sunny in Half Moon Bay so double check before you make the drive (about 30-40 minutes from the city). My favorite place to stop for a meal and a pint is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, which features a good amount of outdoor seating. After lunch, I always enjoy going to Maverik's Beach where the infamous annual surf competition takes place. When it's not featuring 20+ foot waves, they have great tide pools for dogs, kids and adults alike. Another more upscale option is to head to the Ritz Carlton, one of the most beautiful places to experience this part of the world and the classic Northern California coastline.
- Half Moon BayMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Sep 24, 2012
A small coastal town about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. There is a super long white sandy beach there, but the whole town is set back from it so it does not feel like a beach town. Good surfing in the surrounds.
- Half Moon BayMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 19, 2012
We stopped here at the Ritz Carleton to look at the bay which is so beautiful. Cannot recommend anything other than the view but if you are travelling from the airport to San Francisco, it is easy to stop.
- Half Moon BayCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 16, 2012
As a person from Hawaii, I'm pretty picky when it comes to beaches. My first visit to Half Moon Bay was a surprise. Not only was the beach clean, it was REALLY clean. The views are amazing and the town is tranquil.
Half Moon Bay is always an ideal spot for Bay Area residents looking to get some beach time in a place that's not as dirty as Ocean Beach.
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