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Half Moon Bay

Whether you want to tee off in style on award-wining golf courses or sunbathe on the army of beaches, the coastal community of Half Moon Bay is sure to have you living the Californian dream. Only accessible by a two-lane country road, this quiet haven feels a world away from the hustle of city life – yet it’s only a 30-minute drive from San Francisco.
 
Hotels are grand yet inviting. Many boast tranquil spas to relax in, tantalising local fare to tuck in to and are set in wonderful locations close to all the action. Those on the hunt for thrills are sure to be pleased thanks to the plethora of beaches offering fantastic surfing opportunities that’s sure to get your heart racing and hair wet. Families will love the volleyball on offer with alongside the abundance of watersports found just off the shore.
 
Love to explore? You will be pleased to know that there is a plethora of cycling, walking and horse trails to indulge in. Get active and take an adventure, lapping up the landmarks and top sights of the area as you go. Whether it’s the picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse or the whales at Gray Whale Cove, you’re sure to discover something unforgettable. Alternatively, Año Nuevo State Park houses elephant seals amongst other wildlife should you want to get even closer to majestic creatures.
 
Feeling peckish? The coastal streets are home to great restaurants that are sure to whet your appetite. If you love seafood, you’re in for a treat with lobster, clams and exquisite fish found in many of the eateries.
 
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If here in October, make sure to go to the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. One of the oldest and largest events in California, expect to have a go at pumpkin carving, dress up with the locals or simply admire everyone else.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC -8
  • Currency: USD
  • Flying time to destination:
    11-hours from London
  • Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 15°c   Feb: 16°c   Mar: 16°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 16°c   Jun: 18°c  
Jul: 18°c   Aug: 19°c   Sep: 19°c  
Oct: 19°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 15°c  

Location

Half Moon Bay in a nutshell

Soak Up The Culture
 
  • Animal lovers will be in their element at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve which is a three-mile venue dedicated to looking after sea life. 25 species have been found here so don’t be alarmed if you discover something new among the urchins, crabs and sea stars.
     
  •  The Half Moon Bay Coastal trail in Half Moon Bay State Park is a must for all those with a love of hiking and exploring. Running parallel to the Pacific Ocean wander along the lush greenery and pristine-white sands. Stretching for two miles there are a variety of pick up points, just make sure to follow the paved brick road.
     
  • Well known for its fantastic vino and vineyards, a trip to a winery is a must when staying in Half Moon Bay. Le Nebbia is one of the most popular thanks to its picnic area and lush gardens to accompany the taste of the grape country.

     
  •  If your palate relishes a dash of seafood, you will be in your element at Sam’s Chowder House. Boasting an abundance of lobster and clam chowder, locals and visitors always come back for more – that speaks for itself, right?
     
  •  For additional fantastic fare from the waters, Barbara’s Fishtrap is equally as astounding. No frills yet wonderful food, this cash-only venue will certainly hit the spot and what it lacks in décor, it certainly makes up with amazing fish and chips that’ll rival your local.
     
  •  For something a little different, head to Dad’s Luncheonette which sees you climb aboard this café on a train, ideal for a quick bite to eat or filling lunch. Californian and American classics litter the menu, with every member of the party sure to be satisfied.

     
  • Poplar Beach is great for all those with little ones thanks to its soft sands and gentle waves. Embark on a horse ride or build sandcastles for an amazing day at the seaside.
     
  • Boasting four miles of pristine-white sands, Half Moon State Beach is a must for those wanting a brilliant picnic in the sun. The area also houses biking and hiking trails, ideal for budding explorers.
     
  • If you’re after some thrilling rides, head to the superb surfing spot of Mavericks Beach. Lessons are available for beginners with pros showing you how it’s done in California.
     
  • Any guesses as to what you have a chance of seeing at Gray Whale Cove State Beach? Many visitors come flocking to the site to admire the gorgeous marine life and soak up the sun. If travelling with little ones make note that there’s a nudist section on this beach.


     
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