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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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“state park” (16 reviews)
“parking fee” (11 reviews)
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

At least when I visited, it was really muddy on some of the paths, so it might be worth wearing something better than sneakers.

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Possibly the best expanse of beach on the Half Moon bay coastside. Romantic at sunset, plenty of sand for castles and cavorting.

Thank DebWong51
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Lovely place for a walk along the beach. Windy and sunny. A great combination with lots going on along the beach with surfers and kite surfers. A nice place to visit.

Thank Doug G
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Half Moon Bay state beach is a really nice place to visit especially when it's sunny. You have a really good see food restaurant nearby( I don't remember the same) with a wonderful view.

Thank Céline D
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Visiting family at Stanford. Excellent beach to enjoy waves and shops in little Beach town. I would enjoy camping here I'd I had a tent or motorhome. It wasn't crowded but it's spring. Very pretty and clean. Nice 40 minute drive through hills from campus.

Thank saphfirebluez
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We didn't have the best weather during our visit last August, but this is a beautiful, natural beach. For me, the ocean is always beautiful. there are easy walking/hiking path with some awe-inspiring vistas.

Thank denany
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I felt like this place was a waste of a beach..It was much cleaner then Santa Cruz but it was very boring. It would of been such a great beach if there was a board walk of some sort..Also, The food is a long way...More

1  Thank iCupcake G
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Amazing views, wonderful location! No matter if you want to sunbath, jog, or just relax... it's always a pleasure driving and being in Half Moon Bay!

2  Thank Fabiola G
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Not far away from Main Street you'll find this beautiful beach with excellent views of the ocean and the bay. There's a place with benches and facilities to organize a barbecue or a picnic. Restrooms are also available. Limited parking in the beach area or...More

3  Thank Matias P
Reviewed 4 March 2017

While traveling the Pacific Coast Highway, we stopped at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It was very windy and cold but the beach is very clean & the views beautiful. There is camping availability, restrooms and a $10 parking fee.

Thank denver60
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Lyssa I
Hi there, Has anyone stayed at the hike-in campsites? Are they first come first served? How far away from the parking area are they? Thanks!
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
Harold R
Where are the dog friendly beaches
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.
Garima S
Do we have to make prior reservation before visit to half moon bay beach?
27 January 2015|
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Response from Badq45t | Reviewed this property |
Depends on when you want to visit. It gets sold out quickly around summer and also during the Pumpkin Festival. Other times your easy to get in whenever you want.