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Half Moon Bay State Beach, Half Moon Bay

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
Half Moon Bay State Beach is a 4mi stretch of protected beaches in the state park system of California, USA, on Half Moon Bay. From north to south it comprises Roosevelt, Dunes, Venice, and Francis Beaches. The 181acre park was established in 1956.RecreationThe broad, sandy beaches are used for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer. This Pacific Ocean beach, located immediately south of Pillar Point Harbor and the town of Princeton-by-the-Sea, is often used by surfers, who utilize its unusual waves that are influenced by reflective action from the harbor jetty. At the north end of the bay there is a county park in the lee of Pillar Point Harbor with a well-maintained trail that allows hikers and bikers access to the ocean below the point. Some of the tallest surf in California occurs offshore of Pillar Point following big storms. The area is well known as Mavericks and is famous for the annual Mavericks Surf Contest.Francis Beach has a campground with 52 individual sites; some sites are more suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. RV hookups are not available, but there is a dump station.HistoryThe Native American culture of the Ohlone people lived along the San Mateo County coast for many thousands of years, in small and scattered villages because of the limited availability of food. The native way of life rapidly changed during the late 18th century when the first Europeans arrived.
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  • While going to Mother's Home we stopped to this Half moon bay and my children were absolutely happy and enthusiastic! they had such a great time and I enjoyed spending time in a beach like that 
  • Horse rentals close by. Nice flat beach for walking. Easy access from highway to park. Large beach area for relaxing /picnic. 
  • Great little beach, visit here multiple times. Very calm and not so populated, so makes a great getaway and the town is cool to visit and walk around also. 
  • It's one of the best picnic point, though camping area is also available but you need to register your self as its clearly mention that camping for registered person, park on the road and walk to beach or pay $10 for convinient parking just next to beach, so far one of the best beach no too much crowded, plenty of benches and grills for BBQ. Very nice and beautiful place for family event I am planning to have family event soon
  • It was so cold at Half Moon Bay State Beach in the morning at 10, that we had to wait out in the car to come out. We were appropriately ready for the beach but not for the torrent of cold winds that were hitting us. Finally sun came out in the afternoon and we relished the beach to fullest. It's a lovely place and definitely a good weekend drive from Bay area.
  • Very pretty beach/cliff side. Water is pretty treacherous for inexperienced swimmers - so be wary of that. Also, the majority of water fountains were not working while I was here which was a hassle when trying to fill up my water bottle. Definitely recommend stopping by here.
  • One of best picnic points! Restrooms are available but completely lack in fooding options. There beach is windy and on slightly cool side.
  • Great place for BBQ near the ocean, there are a lot of girls and tables with ocean view. Most time of the year it's foggy here that makes that place perfect if you want to escape California sun. The parking is $10 is that moment, but there are a lot of places in the neighborhood, but be careful with signs about restricted parking.
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