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Coastal Trail

This flat paved trail runs among the dunes along the beach at Half Moon Bay. I think it's about 5... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jeff R
Sacramento, California
Bike or Hike above the Beach

A wonderful bluff-top trail overlooking the Ocean with many places to access the beach...runs from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Easy and scenic hiking trail along the Pacific coast that measures six miles round trip.
Half Moon Bay, CA
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This flat paved trail runs among the dunes along the beach at Half Moon Bay. I think it's about 5 miles total with the State Park Campground about in the middle. Plenty of seashore wildlife. There are flush bathrooms along the way too. Be sure...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jeff R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful bluff-top trail overlooking the Ocean with many places to access the beach...runs from Pillar Point down to the Ritz Carlton property, about 7 miles...passes through the Wave Nature Preserve....if you take Poplar ave. from Rt. 1 there is a parking lot, and you...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank BillyKmd
Reviewed 17 February 2019

My favorite activity in Half Moon BAy is to walk the many trails, and this is one of my favorites. I usually start and end at the Ritz so I can have a lovely drink afterwards. It might be a cool ice tea during summer...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank lindamF5446JQ
Reviewed 16 January 2019

This is such a calm and serene walk, just breathtaking! Very romantic. Parking is easy right outside the hotel.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Kris J
Reviewed 13 January 2019

A great walking trail near the beach. There are several spots you can safely descend to the beach ... some trickier than others. Parking is limited and need to be careful not to park in restricted areas or blocking residential driveways. We have been here...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MitchReviews2015
Reviewed 2 January 2019

this walkway parallels the ocean and is several miles long if you have the time and enjoy a great nature walk by all means make time to enjoy

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tloneil1103
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Our hotel was right on the Trail which made it our primary route to breakfast and lunch each day. The horizon watching, surfer watching, and people watching were well worth the time. The path is paved making it easy to walk and I'd recommend bike...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FKHFamily
Reviewed 29 December 2018

Just before the New Year my daughter and I rode the trail from the Ritz Carlton to the beach at Pillar Point. It was a beautiful day and a great ride. I am an avid rider who prefers MTB or fire road riding, my daughter...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Clayton R
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We stayed at the Best Western in Half Moon Bay which is an excellent location, super clean and friendly hotel, great breakfast, and comfortable room with great features. Easy to walk the Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail from there and it was spectacular! Especially the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sue M
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Though we didn’t go on the entire trail, this path was very nice, well paved and accessible, with beautiful views of the ocean!

Date of experience: October 2018
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19 March 2019|
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Response from SleeplessInManhatten | Reviewed this property |
There is a cement walkway from Half Moon Bay State Beach- park in the beach parking lot- it goes south to the Ritz Carlton Hotel and north to an RV park about a half mile past the Miramar restaurant. At the restaurant, if... More
23 July 2017|
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Response from TW719 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Dogs are allowed on the trail, on the beach, everywhere we went!
Julie S
2 September 2016|
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Response from 723rudyg | Reviewed this property |
you can do both but the trail we traveled only went 1 mile