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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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US$ 99.00*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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US$ 399.00*
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9-Hour Chauffeured Monterey Bay Coast Tour from San Francisco
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking fee” (13 reviews)
“state beach” (21 reviews)
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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1 - 10 of 480 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Breath taking views. Wish there was beach access especially since you have to pay to park. Picnic area was run down. Gave it a 5 just for the views. Romantic location.

Thank DCR1022
Reviewed 6 days ago

I love this beautiful beach!! The sand is amazing and stretches for a long way. The water there is cold as we all know but a great place with amazing views and less people.

Thank staceyjk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This part of the Pacific Coast is one of the best places to be and to relax. The beach is sandy you won't have many people around and you can enjoy beautiful sunsets as well as a great day at the coast. We stayed second...More

Thank Dirk R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Half Moon Bay State Beach is part of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest in the US that extends from San Francisco to Cambria. Miles of deserted beaches with clean sand. Nothing but the crashing sound of waves and the occasional birds. Paved walking paths...More

Thank PrincePinot
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We arrived mid-afternoon on a warm and sunny fall day. There was ample parking. The surf was crashing against the shore. There were Beach walkers and surfers of all ages ready to ride the medium sized waves. The scenery is fantastic. The birds were gliding...More

Thank R8506AOlindam
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This is a very nice State Beach that is very close to San Francisco. It has camping with a few sites with full hook-ups. Reservations is suggested as it does fill up fast during the summer months. The bathrooms are very clean. The park host/hostess...More

1  Thank concody
Reviewed 12 October 2017

It's been foggy the whole time, which gave the feeling of being the only people here. The crash of the waves, the shorelines, everything about it was peaceful and beautiful.

Thank Brian E
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We left the highway at 3pm and it's a long line moving forward to Half Moon Bay. The waiting time is well deserved after arriving Ritz-Carlton's 25 free public parking lot. Fantastic view from the Coastal Trail. We left at 5:30pm, fortunately traffic went well...More

Thank HelloKiddy
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

It was a hot Sunny day here in Half Moon Bay. There was a huge traffic jam and a lot of people on the beach!

Thank Miguel R
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Half Moon Bay is a nice oceanside park with scenic views. The high winds make for cool looking waves that crash against the shore.

Thank Cuong L
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1 September 2017|
Response from Phil N | Reviewed this property |
I stayed at the Half Moon Bay campground about a mile south of the center of town. At that point the sandy beach is about a hundred feet below a bluff. Going north there is a trail along the bluff for a half mile or so. Then... More
Lyssa I
17 January 2017|
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Response from cencaljim | Reviewed this property |
The walk-in sites are within 50 yards of parking. There is one small parking area at that corner of the campground that is for the exclusive use of tent campers. If you go to Google Earth it will take you to Dunes Beach... More
Harold R
24 February 2016|
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Response from Kbrat25 | Reviewed this property |
All of them are, you just have to keep them on the leash.