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Half Moon Bay Introduction

Set on California's north coast, Half Moon Bay is blessed with beautiful beaches, world-class surf, and a sun-drenched climate. Championship golf courses make the most of the coastal scenery, while historic lighthouses promise lashings of seaside charm. There's an inspired foodie scene to match, with everything from bohemian cafes to craft breweries. Thanks to its multifaceted personality, Half Moon Bay lures a mix of surf aficionados, splash-happy families, and weekenders from San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Hotels in Half Moon Bay

In downtown Half Moon Bay, accommodation comes in the form of independent hotels and inns run by friendly locals. For an intimate stay, check into a B&B offering cozy decor and home-cooked breakfasts. Some hotels in Half Moon Bay are housed in historic properties where you can sip coffee in flower-filled gardens and soak up the sunshine on your private terrace. Venture out of town and you'll find discount hotels and chain staples, alike. If you're looking for luxury hotels in Half Moon Bay, you're likely to be able to score one with a golf course, day spa, and waterfront suites.

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Where to stay

Downtown Half Moon Bay is centered along Main Street, where you'll find a cluster of cafes, art galleries, and antique stores. Not only will you be close to the action, but you'll also be a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk to Half Moon Bay State Beach. For seafood restaurants and a laid-back vibe, base yourself in Pillar Point Harbor, 4 miles north-west of downtown Half Moon Bay. If ocean views are a priority, you'll love Half Moon Bay hotels strung along the Pacific Coast. There's something for every budget, from luxury resorts to a wallet-friendly youth hostel.

Things to see

Rain or shine, beaches are a major draw in Half Moon Bay. Fringed by a 4-mile stretch of sand, Half Moon Bay State Beach is perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building, and picnicking. The visitor center offers a great overview of the local ecosystem and native wildlife. Lace up your walking shoes and hit the Coastside Trail, a scenic path that stretches from Half Moon Bay State Beach to Pillar Point. Whether you're a spectator or a surfer, it's hard to resist the pull of Mavericks Beach, one of North America's most infamous breaks. Winter swells can top over 60 feet and attract some of the world's most famous big-wave surfers. After a day of sightseeing (or surfing) wind down with seafood, live music, and craft IPA at the legendary Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

How to get to Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is set on California's famous Highway 1, which hugs the Pacific Coast. Locally, the stretch from Monterey Bay to Morro Bay is known as Cabrillo Highway. Half Moon Bay is 30 miles south of San Francisco and 50 miles north of Santa Cruz. Local buses run between Half Moon Bay and San Mateo's Caltrain Hillsdale station in 45 minutes. Buses also run up the coast to Moss Beach, Montara and Pacifica, as well as south to Pescadero.