Escape to the gorgeous Half Moon Bay Coastside and experience the best of Northern California all in one place. Conveniently located approximately 35 minutes south of San Francisco, this stunning town boasts an unrivaled combination of coastal town friendliness, charm and natural beauty, with instant access to everything great about Northern California. Whether seeking a relaxing getaway or a thrilling adventure, the coast offers something for everyone. With four great regions to explore – the North Coast, Half Moon Bay, the South Coast and the Redwood Region – visitors will find themselves unable to experience it all in one visit.
Thanks to its temperate climate, Half Moon Bay is a comfortable place to visit any time of year. The average annual temperature is 65° F, ranging throughout the year between 40° F and 75°. Whether its springtime when the fields are filled with flowers, summertime on the beach, Pumpkin Festival in the fall or a cozy winter getaway, Half Moon Bay is full of life throughout the year.
Golfers will enjoy two award-winning 18-hole championship golf courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean Course is ranked as one of California’s top courses, and is a Scottish links-style course meandering along the bluffs that feature ocean views from every hole. Check out one of the many hiking and biking trails that lead through the redwoods and provide breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, or take a historical walking tour to learn about the rich background and rural charm of Half Moon Bay that is reflected in the many preserved buildings throughout the area. Head down to the water to go kayaking, surfing, or even horseback riding on the beach.
Maritime lovers can take pleasure in all there is to do along the North Coast. Fresh fish abound in Pillar Point Harbor, a major commercial and recreational fishing harbor located at the center of the North Coast, with easy access to fishing, kayaking and whale watching.
Surrounded by restaurants serving freshly caught seafood, visitors are not lost for options on where to dine. The plentiful pristine beaches can be savored by walking along the seven-mile Coastal Trail or enjoying a relaxing seaside picnic. Home to the world-famous surf spot Mavericks, the North Coast beaches offer a great place to jump right in, take a surf lesson, rent a kayak or gallop through the waves on horseback. For a spectacular view of the region, the Montara Lighthouse provides an ideal setting.
Relax at the end of the day, at one of the region’s many lodging options – from charming inns and bed and breakfast retreats to luxury Coastside hotels. The Goose and Turrets Bed and Breakfast is in a 100-year-old building, nestled within an acre of gardens and allows guests to start and end the day in a natural environment. Or wind down by the fireplace in a beautiful, spacious room at the Seal Cove Inn, surrounded by cypress trees and a meadow of wildflowers.
At the epicenter of Half Moon Bay is Main Street, a picturesque downtown filled with unique boutiques, art galleries, local bookstores, restaurants and romantic inns. Many of the local venues are housed in historic buildings dating back to the mid-1850s when commerce first boomed in the area.
Year-round seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers abound these farms. For family fun, head to the family farms, where kids can enjoy petting zoos, pony rides and train trips. For a treat, wine lovers can head to Le Nebbia Winery where visitors can take part in tasting an extensive selection of rare wines, reserve private tours or join in on one of the many events and concerts the winery hosts throughout the year.
From casual settings to fine dining, stellar restaurants abound in this region. For a relaxed atmosphere, visit Cameron’s Restaurant & Inn for British-style pub fare, live entertainment and an impressive beer can collection lining the walls. Pasta Moon boasts housemade pasta, local seafood and meats, all the while, supporting the local farmers. Savor award-winning pizza, creative salads and antipasti, and choose from an extensive wine list at the Tuscan style It’s Italia, complete with warm outdoor fireplaces and a serene fountain.
Unwind at the end of the day in one of Half Moon Bay’s enchanting inns or exquisite hotels. Tucked away at the end of a quiet street featuring luxurious guestrooms, a cozy library, an English country garden and a Jacuzzi spa, couples can enjoy a romantic stay at Mill Rose Inn. Mediterranean-style Half Moon Bay Inn is located in a renovated 1932 Spanish Revival building and is renowned for their cozy beds.
The South Coast is home to 80 miles of coastal splendor with some of California’s best beaches and nature reserves. Sea lions flourish at Ano Nuevo State Park, while there are more than 200 bird species to be found at Pescadero Marsh. Take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific and perhaps a whale sighting at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Explore the magnificent redwoods in Butano State Park.
Be sure to plan a visit to the quaint village town of Pescadero and take a tour of Harley Farms, an award-winning goat dairy farm. Visitors can stay at the Pescadero Creek Inn, located in a charming 100-year-old farmhouse, complete with a massive stone fireplace, a wooden swing by the organic vegetable garden and a hammock near the creek hung from the towering redwoods. Dig into freshly baked artichoke bread at the local grocery store or head to the legendary Duarte’s Tavern for a bowl of their famous artichoke and green chili soup.
Beauty and adventure intertwine in the Redwood Region. Take a car, bicycle or motorcycle ride along Skyline Drive, a mountain road dotted with redwoods to experience the most beautiful scenic ride the area has to offer. Hang out and try award-winning wines at Thomas Fogarty Winery or have lunch at the famous Alice’s Restaurant. Sit by the fire and enjoy dinner in the rustic dining room at The Mountain House. For special occasions or a romantic dining experience enjoy French and Italian cuisine, served by tuxedoed waiters on fine china at Bella Vista, while taking delight in breathtaking views of Crystal Springs Reservoir and the San Francisco Bay.
For more information on Half Moon Bay, visit www.visithalfmoonbay.org.