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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good38%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (25 reviews)
“parking fee” (13 reviews)
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed yesterday

This is such a beautiful beach to hang out at all day and watch the surfers, or simply to walk. You can see harbour seals from the beach, too. It's also a spectacular place to see the sunset!

Thank MaraFromToronto
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stunning place for an evening stroll along the beach, watching the sunset with incredible scenery and wildlife in every which way.

Thank Tony A
Reviewed 6 days ago

A perfect spot to enjoy the beach when the weather gets a little bit too much! The sand is not like in the Caribbean but it is acceptable. The water is cold but refreshing in the hot weather. Bring your own picnic and sun umbrellas...More

Thank Loli D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place offers some of the best sunsets I have ever scene. It helps to be there in the fall. Summer can be really foggy.

Thank Kelsdog
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed walking on the beach. It was a bit cold for swimming, but great for walking. It was not crowded but it did not feel too lonely.

Thank FrankR_Austin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a walk on this beach and was amazed just how clean it was. Good for a long walk on the dunes with plenty of places to stop for a drink and eat

Thank Deano1957
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this beach and wish we found it on our first day. Will definitely be staying in the area next time we visit.

Thank angela g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice beach, good walks, BBQ places for hire, Sharks and Dolphins in the ocean. nice facilities available, camping or RV.

Thank zarugger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this beach for the first time and really enjoyed the overcast weather and that it wasn't crowded like the beaches in SoCal. Bonus: the drive from San Mateo to this beach is beautiful.

Thank Desiree R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited again Half Moon Bay State Beach. Since it was August, many people were there. People were enjoying walking by the ocean and having picnics There is also a nice campground. There is a fee for the park. We have our annual California State...More

Thank mini
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31 August 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
23 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.