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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
(650) 726-8819
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US$399.00*
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Monterey Bay Coastal Day Trip from San Francisco with Driver and Transportation
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • 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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(650) 726-8819
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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"
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"main street"
in 6 reviews
"pacific coast"
in 8 reviews
"the cliff"
in 13 reviews
"ritz carlton"
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"easy access"
in 7 reviews
"parking lot"
in 11 reviews
"coastal trail"
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"camping"
in 45 reviews
"campground"
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Reviewed yesterday

It was the warmest day, around 65 degree, but super windy the day we decided to check this beach out. We brought a picnic-there are like 15 or more picnic tables right by the parking lot. Yes, it's $10 to park, but with two toddlers,...More

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very clean The views are fabulous the water is great! Going at low tide you can walk the whole thing. We walked both at high tide and low.

1  Thank Nunz16
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice white sand beach on west coast drive from San Francisco. Good spot for a trip on weekends. Pacific ocean cold waters will welcome your feet. Drive to beach along fruit Gardens is nice. A must stopover if driving along west coast road.

Thank thaparraman
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Not worth state fee with so many other more private, accessible beaches & headland walks available. And you cannot swim anyway without a wet suit! Freezing even in summer.

1  Thank callucan
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

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

1  Thank CoGus
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 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

1  Thank Gilo311
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

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

1  Thank kathietower
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

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 21 March 2018

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

1  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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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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