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Half Moon Bay State Beach, Half Moon Bay
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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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  • They say that the Half Moon Bay golf is one of the best in the world. And, in addition, with view to this beach that has some fabulous cliffs. The place is quiet. It is worth going to meet it if one travels to the San Francisco area. White whales are seen from the cliffs in the area.
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  • We picked up a picnic at a local supermarket and drove down to the beach before heading to SF international airport for our flight home, about 30-40 miles away. Perfect weather, picnic tables right do...  more »
  • The foreground is very sensible, but this place is very windy and sand and fog day a heck of a lot must be done to check the weather report. But when the weather's nice really are the best.
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  • 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
  • We camped there a few nights ago and very nice beach. Campground was noisy but manageble. Staff was very accomodating and even found time to get us a spot when they were labelled full. Just electric and sewer dump but worked good. Recommend to folks looking to have nice beach experience at a california state park.
  • 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.
  • One of best picnic points! Restrooms are available but completely lack in fooding options. There beach is windy and on slightly cool side.
  • 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.