With immense scenery and small-town charm, the Half Moon Bay Coastside offers visitors a broad range of experiences.
You can marvel at the enormity of big wave surfing, towering coastal redwoods, and perhaps our most famous visitors, the magnificent grey whales. Or relish the joys of more modest destinations such as intimate family farms, small-batch craft breweries, and quiet country roads. And as you may have heard, our famous pumpkins come in all sizes and shapes.
Yet don’t let the small town descriptor fool you. Half Moon Bay boasts the best of Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area in all in one place. With a vast and diverse landscape that encompasses miles of wide sandy beaches, lush blufftop meadows, and rolling forested hills, there is plenty to explore. Our enviable coastal setting—with a dynamic working harbor and thriving surf and watersport culture—will inspire you to hop aboard a fishing boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle board, and explore our diverse marine ecosystem.
Half Moon Bay's historic Main Street boasts over one hundred small, locally-owned businesses, including unique boutique shopping, mouthwatering eateries, stunning art galleries, and plenty of free parking in easy walking distance of it all.
The Coastside also has a vibrant agricultural legacy of nurseries and farms that will delight home gardeners and foodies, and a rich heritage of Old West romance and landmark architecture that will intrigue history buffs. And did we mention our two world-class, waterfront golf courses?
To help you plan your visit and make the most of your time on the Coastside, we’ve listed a range of destinations and activities for you to browse and consider. As you’ll discover, there’s no shortage of ways to fill your days and nights on the Coastside. See you out there!