Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


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Half Moon Bay Surfing

Surfing in Half Moon Bay – Often the surf is below par, but sometimes when the conditions are just right, you can get some truly amazing surf!

Click here for surfing in Santa Cruz (60 miles south) and Monterey (100 miles south). Half Moon Bay Top Family-friendly Activities

General Surf Conditions in Half Moon BayGeneral Surf Conditions in Half Moon Bay

Generally speaking, Half Moon Bay's surf is often less than desirable because it is too exposed to the ocean and the Bay's bottom is too flat to create the desired surf conditions.  On occasion, though, when the the perfect set of environmental conditions hit, it can create some truly great surfing conditions along the four miles of sandy beaches that make up the crescent shape of Half Moon Bay. 

Mavericks – Half Moon Bay's Most Famous Surf SpotMavericks – Half Moon Bay's Most Famous Surf Spot

Just north of Half Moon Bay in Princeton, CA, the famous Mavericks can be found a ½ mile off of the Pillar Point Marsh shoreline. 

During the winter months the perfect set of environmental conditions can come together to create some of the biggest waves on the planet!  Although spectacular to look at, the waves at Mavericks should only be negotiated by professionals.  Less experienced surfers can find more appropriate waves along the local beach beaks.   

Additional Surf Links:

| Surf Report – Half Moon Bay and San Francisco

| Wet Sands – World Wide Waves – Provides information on surf, tide and beach conditions.

| WannaSurf  –  A free illustrated atlas of Monterey Area surfing with maps of surf spots, detailed descriptions and photos.  All the best weather and forecast maps. An interactive environment provides messages, reports and data editing.

| Mavericks – The Wave Beyond. This is a Web site dedicated to the surfing contest at Mavericks.

| Surf the California Coast

Half Moon Bay, CA 650) 726-8686

Surfing Lessons and Camps for the world-class waves of Half Moon Bay, California

| Maverick Surf Shop

25 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Telephone: (650) 560-8088

What’s on Tap


Half Moon Bay Festivals & Events:

Coastside Summer Camp Fair at New Leaf Community Market

A perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for children of all ages. 

The HEAL Project Presents 7th Annual Spring Ahead

March 29th, 2017— This fabulous strolling supper created by the finest chefs on the San Mateo County Coast.

Discover the Secrets of Pescadero Marsh with guided walks

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.

4th Annual Coastal Wildflower Day

A day-long festival celebrating the return of spring wildflowers and the start of California Native Plant Week.

Pacific Coast Dream MachinesApril 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.



Top Attractions:

Christmas Tree Farm Locations

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 WatchingWhale 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.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Half Moon Bay Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

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.