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Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Address: Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: +1 916-653-6995
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground...

Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.

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Soaring Dunes,Quiet Beach

We initially experienced this beach as part of a trail ride from a nearby riding stable. We returned to the beach afterward because it was an amazing, scenic edge-of-the-world... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
DarrellCarol
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We initially experienced this beach as part of a trail ride from a nearby riding stable. We returned to the beach afterward because it was an amazing, scenic edge-of-the-world kind of place. The dunes rose 25 feet above the beach, giving an isolated quality to sunbathers, hikers, and us. No great, roaring waves, and no cabanas or soft-drink stands: just... More 

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Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The dates on Trip Advisor don't offer the option for August 1997 but I remember this so well because my 2nd husband (now deceased) proposed to me and this was where we stayed after the proposal. We enjoyed our stay and since we divorced five years later, these memories are what I have of a better time.

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Thank Terri D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

While going to Mother's Home we stopped to this Half moon bay and my children were absolutely happy and enthusiastic! they had such a great time and I enjoyed spending time in a beach like that

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lebanon, oh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Horse rentals close by. Nice flat beach for walking. Easy access from highway to park. Large beach area for relaxing /picnic.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Great little beach, visit here multiple times. Very calm and not so populated, so makes a great getaway and the town is cool to visit and walk around also.

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We've been to different HMB beaches but would not recommend this one as first choice. Parking is always full (on the weekends), picnic areas are full and dirty and the access to the beach is steep and difficult (for some). I prefer Venice Beach.

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Called in on the spur of the moment. So glad we did as we saw whales in the sea!! What an experience. Stayed for about an hour watching them

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

It is worth stopping by just to see the massive expanse of open water out there. The bay was rather foggy when we visited but still an amazing sight to behold.

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Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is a rugged shoreline with sandy beaches and scenic bluffs. Only hardy souls need to consider taking a dip. Wetsuits and surfboards are the usual. For those who are interested in nature, there are many shorebirds, Dolphins often predominate in the area and a lucky few can see beautiful whales breaching the ocean surface from the beach. A wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Went to watch the sunset, brought our chairs. It is cold and windy despite summer or Indian summer. Since we were there after 6pm, there were lots of parking and not too busy.

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