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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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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 good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“state park” (16 reviews)
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Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Having lived almost all my life on the beach , I wasn't sure if am gonna like exploring this beach. Wow, it din't disappoint me. This is a beautiful beach. Me and my friend walked for long together on this lovely beach. Great place to...More

1  Thank Raghuraman C
Reviewed 9 June 2016

This beach was.... fine. It was super smelly, but people seem to love it because it was very crowded. There's camping available, as well. Parking was $10-- not sure it was worth it. Wouldn't pay to go there again. There's a visitor's center and a...More

Thank Keelia M
Reviewed 6 June 2016

This is a great place to camp right on the beach. They recently upgraded the camping sites to full hookups, which is nice, but they also upgraded the prices - not so accordingly. Very pricey for the privilege of camping on the beach. Clean restrooms,...More

Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite coast beach areas in the SF area. Lots of options for walking, bicycling or just hanging on the beach. I especially enjoy the area up on the bluffs near Mavericks. Near the Air Force radar station. Incredible views. Watch...More

Thank kh57ca
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Great place for a walk or bike. Wide sandy beach. Bike trail on ridge just above the beach is excellent with no steep grades and well marked except in marina area. Don't expect sunset views in June as the mist seems to roll in every...More

Thank Edwin S
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Half Moon Bay State Beach is a beautiful beach with good parking. Lots of wildflowers were in bloom when we visited.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 27 May 2016

This is a beautiful beach with lots of tables and seating for cookouts or picnics. Travelers be aware that pets(dogs) are not allowed on the beach or picnic areas. Dogs must be on a leash on all walk paths around the park areas. The views...More

Thank 104steve1972
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Great waves to watch but not to swim in. Sand is clean and the sunsets are beautiful. Make sure you have your Dogs on a lease.

Thank DDLMaverick
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Serene, spectacular coastal setting. Rarely crowded. Wonderful tide pools and wide sandy stretches to walk on. Wildflower strewn cliffs and incredible sunsets.

Thank ShafalikaSaxena
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

The beach offers nice views but make sure you will be staying long to make your $10 entrance fee worth it. Some park their car a few blocks away from the beach where it's free. Inside the premises, there are parked trailer parks that stay...More

Thank lovetripsdd
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Lyssa I
Hi there, Has anyone stayed at the hike-in campsites? Are they first come first served? How far away from the parking area are they? Thanks!
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
Where are the dog friendly beaches
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.
Garima S
Do we have to make prior reservation before visit to half moon bay beach?
27 January 2015|
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Response from Badq45t | Reviewed this property |
Depends on when you want to visit. It gets sold out quickly around summer and also during the Pumpkin Festival. Other times your easy to get in whenever you want.