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Just south of San Francisco lies the rugged coastline of Half Moon Bay. Popular with surfers, fishing enthusiasts, and yachters, this pleasant small town is full of historic buildings and quirky independent stores, with friendly locals and plenty of charm. So if you ever tire of lying on the long sandy beaches; there’s plenty to explore in this classic Californian town.

Things to see

Miramar Beach has long stretches of sandy beach, with soft green sand dunes and large rocks to shade you on windy days. Poplar State Beach is surrounded by rolling green hills, and you’ll often see hikers, horse riders, and cyclists enjoying the trails along the sand. Pillar Point Harbor is a jetty that welcomes dozens of yachts and fishing boats on a daily basis, and the area is popular with surfers, kayakers, and fishers. The hamlet next to the sea also has seafood restaurants, or you can fish for your own crabs. El Granada has a rockier coastline, with long, windswept beaches full of rock pools and ocean creatures to discover. The Half Moon Bay Golf Links makes the most of the rugged cliffs of the area, with the course looking out into the choppy seas, giving you a breathtaking view as you enjoy your tee time.

Hotels in Half Moon Bay

There’s a wide variety of Half Moon Bay hotels, from chains to boutique accommodation. In the local budget hotels you’ll find extras such as complimentary breakfasts, fitness facilities, coffee in the lobby, and free parking. Rooms have amenities which could include hair dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, and air conditioning. The area also has luxury resorts along the seafront, with features such as indoor pools, golf courses, free WiFi, restaurants, and wedding services. You’ll enjoy luxurious rooms with extra amenities such as premium bedding, bathtubs, complimentary bottled water, coffee makers, and minibars.

Where to stay

Half Moon Bay has a historic Main Street full of traditional buildings with colorful awnings. The street is full of world-class restaurants, boutiques, and antique stores full of an eclectic range of items. Many of the shops have colorful murals and interesting period features, with some of the businesses existing in the area for over 100 years. Just outside of town you’ll find the Redwood Forest Region, with hundreds of acres of towering trees that you can hike or cycle through. The area is also full of sprawling ranches, with many visitors taking on exciting horseback riding challenges.

How to get to Half Moon Bay

San Francisco International Airport is less than a 30 minute drive away from Half Moon Bay, with many visitors picking up a rental car and choosing to drive themselves. You can also take the bus from the airport to San Mateo, then transfer to a bus for Half Moon Bay. This takes around 2 hours and allows you to enjoy the mountain scenery during your trip. Diridon Station in nearby San Jose is on the Coast Starlight and Capital Corridor lines, allowing you to travel as far as Seattle, Auburn, or Los Angeles by train, and there are also local and commuter services.

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