Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half Moon Bay State Beach
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
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Revathi
San Ramon, CA241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Lovely beach with picturesque views.Numerous picnic tables available, Bathroom facilities on site, Ample parking spots. Parking fee: $10
Written 10 April 2024
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S C
Boston, MA28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Half Moon Bay State Beach is gorgeous. This natural landscape is wonderful and the paths around make a great reason to go back again and again.
Written 1 January 2024
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mini
Fremont, CA210,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The waves were very high today - surf warning type. They were amazing to watch crashing into the shore.

The views were amazing. It was also a 70 degree day. Lots of people out and enjoying the day. Campground was also full.
Written 20 October 2023
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clemert h
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I was really excited to see the beach while I was in northern California. I had heard my mother refer to Half Moon Bay repeatedly. She used to visit there when she was a teenager living in San Mateo. Even though it was a holiday weekend, the beach was lovely and not overly busy, BUT getting there was nearly hard for me. Both of the two public access locations had deep streams or ditches that were at least thigh high with water. Because it was deep and people were attempting to bring all of their equipment in, no one was going in at the first spot. Someone had set up a plank for a bridge at the second spot.
Written 5 September 2023
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Pranav Balachandar
Tampa, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Also known as Dunes Beach, this is a beautiful beach that’s well maintained. Very breezy & just by the cliffs, it’s a great place to sit & relax.
Written 8 March 2023
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CCPHOTOS
San Francisco, CA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As an event and portrait photographer, I appreciate a venue that provides for dramatic photo settings such as an engagement, family gathering, or even a solo profile shot. Half Moon Bay weather can be tricky but when it's good, it's really good. Highly recommend the Half Moon Bay state beach for your next photo session! Cheers, CHRIS CONNER PHOTOGRAPHY
Written 26 July 2022
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Fengnian J
Fremont, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A perfect place to play and relax.
The waves are big and loud, hundreds of sea eagles flew on the sky. The creek towards to tide pool sprite the beach and the land. We jump to the beach.
It’s cold in April there, but I don’t feel very harsh.
The only thing I think is not very good is that the ticket costs 10 dollars. It’s too high.
Written 18 April 2022
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MsCasualTravelor
Hartford, CT630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Loved walking on the beach here. Plenty of options ( bringing a dog? Want to avoid dogs? Want to camp?), so pick your part of the beach! Lots of parking for a $10 daily fee. I just wished the seaweed was cleaner up better.
Written 28 September 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We stopped at a string of beaches on our day in the area and this was one of them. Few people around as the weather was foggy, but the site was lovely.
Written 20 July 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA210,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We went to Half Moon Bay State beach on a popular warm July Saturday, Many people were there having fun, having picnics, and enjoying beach play.

We used our state park pass to enter. Others pay $10 for day use.

There is a campground too, Its very popular and reservations are advised.
Written 12 July 2021
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