Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


San Gregorio Travel Information

San Gregorio Travel Information

Historic San Gregorio – Once a thriving, booming community in the 1850s when it catered to wealthy San Franciscans looking for outdoor adventures, it's now primarily home to the Historic San Gregorio General Store (shown above).  The general store houses a post office, store and bar.

Area Snapshot

||   Location – Located 11 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 38 miles north of Santa Cruz.

||   Population – Around 300 residents

||   First Settled – The community has been thriving since 1850s

||  Weather   –  Generally speaking, San Gregorio has the warmest daytime temperatures during the spring and fall months.   During the summer months, days can be overcast, foggy, and very chilly  –  especially in June and July .  During the afternoons, the fog will often rollback to the coastline, allowing the town to warm in the summer sun.  Winter months are often overcast, rainy and cold.

||  Primary Industries –  farming, and some tourism.

Area Attractions:

San Gregorio State Beach 650-879-2170  –  The area includes a protected, driftwood-strewn estuary at the back of a wide, sandy beach – with grassy bluffs along the coast. The estuary is home to many birds and small animals. California Historical Landmark 26 commemorates the passage of Spanish Explorer Captain Gaspar de Portolá through this area in October 1769. Directions: The beach is located 10.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1.  More >>

Tourist Destinations:

Historic San Gregorio General Store  (650) 726-0565 –  General store and bar serving San Gregorio since 1889.  Live music every weekend

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.