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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-8819
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The campground is not much. Kind of like a parking lot, but the beach is nice. It is clean and well maintained.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Don H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a $10 parking fee, but you will love the beach access. Good place for the entire family to spend the day. There are bathrooms and picnic tables too.

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

From the moment I arrived at half moon bay I felt at home, at ease, peaceful, tranquil and ready to experience all that it had to offer. I found myself walking on the beach,at this location,and was struck by how beautiful and pristine it is....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stan W
Reviewed 15 January 2019

I live in the bay area and this is the closest place for me to experience a serene evening and a beautiful sunset.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ridhigondnale
Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

We stayed at our favorite Ritz in Half Moon Bay. The views are some of the best in the world! From the steps overlooking the coast line, to the beach itself, it's hard to describe the natural beauty. Bring your camera and enjoy your photos!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kendu24
Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Long wide. At low tide lots of mussels to pick when in season. And when the waves are high look towards Mavericks

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Loved the quiet and the isolation...and the absolutely breathtaking view! This is a beautiful beach. Worth the drive and the trip!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lillaana F
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Those who have difficulty walking can drive up and see the ocean, beach and surf. Sunset was nice. There is a campground that looked ok. On a December weekday there was no fee to park and only a few people around. Nice.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

A good place for novice surfers and swimmers, with parking for quite a number of cars along highway #1

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Greg S
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Lovely drive - go there early morning and see the local market on the weekends. For lunch drive to the Ritz and enjoy a meal at one of their restaurants.

Date of experience: November 2018
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27 August 2018|
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Response from thaparraman | Reviewed this property |
No free parking near the beach.But plenty of free road side parking available -depending on time of day. Daytime lot of parking available on roadside along the houses.
28 July 2018|
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Response from Kimical65 | Reviewed this property |
No it’s just a hotel. Nothing fancy. Not a spa
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