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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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  • The walk to the protected state beach was about 1.5miles from Ritz Carlton. The entry to the state beach is banned (because of the presence of seals) but the view from the top was stunning. We met a l...  more »
  • Hubby and I walked on the beach for a couple hours and didn't run into anyone. Clean, peaceful and lush vegetation. Beautiful waves and loved seeing the creatures all around. Benches to sit on at the ...  more »
  • definitely not Carmel or Santa Cruz but my opinion much much better, been coming here for over 40 years when you used to be able to have fires and did not have to pay to park, worth coming here just t...  more »
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  • Water, water everywhere. But it’s too cold and treacherous to step into the water of this beautiful beach. Sigh, from an East Coast visitor. This is one of the entry points to the Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail. With views of the ocean through fields of native wildflowers, the trail runs parallel to the coast along what used to be the Ocean Shore Railroad. If you head north, the trail is completely paved, with the coast to the left and the equestrian trail to the right. You will have access to other state beaches and their restrooms, making it the right choice if you are pushing a stroller. If you go left, the views are more dramatic, but the trail changes over to dirt. Be sure to bring a windbreaker; it can get very breezy.
  • Really cool beach. Not to crowded. But bad for swimming or getting into the water. A number of life guards around. Beautiful views.
  • Love coming back to this place all the way from Sacramento. Beach is always clean, good picnic area. Only down side is ridiculously nasty bathrooms.
  • Rent a bike in San Francisco. Go to ocean beach and all the way down to half moon bay. Stop in the little town over there, eat and go back. Best bikers route
  • An extremely attracting place to have the sea view. The sand, very clean and soft, nothing inside except the shells, well protected by people. And you can see people there are very relaxing, enjoying the sunshine or having fun.