Half Moon Bay Travel Guide
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Half Moon Bay, CA
Providing Local Insight and Travel Information Since 1998
Half Moon Bay is a California coastal gem that seems unyielding to the progression of time. A walk through the center of town is like going back to yesteryear, but don’t let the vintage facade fool you, it’s home to many delightful restaurants and unique shops that can cater to just about any interest.
Although it doesn’t have the major tourist attractions such as Monterey’s world renowned Aquarium or Santa Cruz’ popular Beach Boardwalk, it does have pristine beaches, protected open spaces, and redwood preserves – creating an abundance of outdoor activities that can fulfill just about any outdoor enthusiast.
If stop and go traffic and extremely large crowds are an important component for your travel plans, try visiting Half Moon Bay in October when its quiet streets swell with people during the annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. If you plan to attend this highly publicized and populated event, you may want to make hotel reservations early.
Another huge draw to Half Moon Bay are the area’s numerous pumpkin patches!! This is a great family activity enjoyed by thousands of tourists each year.
What’s on Tap
A perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for children of all ages.
March 29th, 2017— This fabulous strolling supper created by the finest chefs on the San Mateo County Coast.
Highway 1, 1/4 mile north of Pescadero Road. Pescadero Marsh docents lead nature walks in the marsh twice a month: First Sunday of the month at 10 a.m., and Third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.
A day-long festival celebrating the return of spring wildflowers and the start of California Native Plant Week.
Pacific Coast Dream Machines – April 30, 2017 – 10am to 4pm
Rare and custom cars, motorcycles, military aircraft, and tractors at Pacific Coast Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay, California.
For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.
Getting Your Family’s Christmas Tree Can Become a Cherished Family Memory and the Beginning of a New Family Tradition!
Winter is a Great Time to Visit the Coast!
Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino—Early Fall is generally some of the best weather on the coast. Plan a visit with your family or an escape for a romantic weekend.
Whale Watching—Whale Watching December through May
Half Moon Bay 415 474-3385
Oceanic Society provides boat tours to view the gray whales as they swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds.
Traffic Conditions. During the pumpkin season, traffic in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be extremely challenging—especially during the Art & Pumpkin Festival weekend. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn more about road conditions.
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.