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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-8819
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking fee” (14 reviews)
“state beach” (21 reviews)
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Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
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"parking fee"
in 14 reviews
"state beach"
in 21 reviews
"watch the sunset"
in 9 reviews
"picnic tables"
in 13 reviews
"san francisco"
in 13 reviews
"pacific coast"
in 8 reviews
"main street"
in 5 reviews
"ample parking"
in 5 reviews
"sunny day"
in 5 reviews
"the cliff"
in 13 reviews
"ritz carlton"
in 6 reviews
"easy access"
in 7 reviews
"parking lot"
in 11 reviews
"coastal trail"
in 6 reviews
"horseback riding"
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"camping"
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"campground"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've lived in Half Moon Bay for 8 years. This is one of 3 beaches that I frequent. This is a little less trafficked than some of the other beaches down the coast around Half Moon Bay. Another benefit is parking. Not all the beaches...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t stay at the main Half Moon Bay State Beach unfortunately as the state beaches charge $10 flat fee even if you just want a quick visit. We drove further north up the coastal road and found another left hand turn into the beach...More

Thank Gilo311
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the afternoon walking along the cliffside trials. It was beautiful, but caution is warranted as warned by multiple signs and as evidenced while walking along near the edge of the cliffs, as there appears to be some type of foundation making its way down...More

Thank kathietower
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped through here on our way up the coast back to Sacramento. The beach itself is very clean. There was almost no litter anywhere on the beach, with plenty of trash cans available should you need to throw things away. The water is clear...More

Thank JJOCEOTravels
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stopped to the South of Half Moon Bay and parked off a road from the main highway in a small parking lot .The spring flowers along the pathways were just beginning to open in the sun even though it was still quite chilly. We...More

Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

My last review of this beach was titled "smelly and crowded." At the time, it was true! But, we gave it a second chance and had a much better time this time around. We went on a foggy day when there wasn't much "smell" in...More

Thank Keelia M
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The beach is very clean .they are always cleaning the beach.because the people are very dirty.and don't care about the cleaning.and when we drop something the plastic falls in the sea. The sand and the sea are beautifull

Thank Mariana B
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

The sites in the center of the campground have electricity, they are large, have a picnic table and fire pit and most have a bit of view. The sites ocean side do not have electricity nor do the ones on the outer part of the...More

Thank SuzJim2014
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

If you’re in HMB walk along the bluffs and enjoy the views. We were there in December in the morning when it was very breezy, chilly. We hope to return when its a little warmer so we can walk a little longer.

Thank GeoLorenzo
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

We camp at the State Campground every year. Always have a good time. Weather is sometimes unpredictable. Can be windy!!

Thank Donna V
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foundatwin
31 August 2017|
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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
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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
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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.
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