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“The ocean is known to have the power to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being, which is what people desperately need at this time…”

The Half Moon Bay Coastside has reopened for tourism, and we're thrilled to once again welcome travelers to our seaside escape. On June 17th, San Mateo County officials announced that leisure travelers can safely enjoy the Half Moon Bay Coastside's abundant hotels, restaurants, shops, and outside recreation. Visitors will find that businesses have new health and safety protocols in place according to the guidelines of the San Mateo County Health Department.

Summer Vacation is Back

With over 20 miles of stunning beaches, towering redwood forests, miles of untouched open space, and a small-town charm that feels like home, the Half Moon Bay Coastside is just the getaway you've been craving. From world-renowned luxury resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts, the area boasts accomodations for every taste and budget, all within a mile of the Pacific Ocean. 

“The ocean is known to have the power to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being, which is what people desperately need at this time,” says Dana Dahl, President of the Half Moon Bay Business Improvement District. “We look forward to providing the safe and tranquil escape that travelers are craving.”

Trail through the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach.
Trail through the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach.

Outdoor activities abound on the Coastside. Sweat out the stress of daily life on miles of trails for hiking and biking, ride horses in the surf on the beach at sunset, or rent a kayak or paddleboard for a sunrise session on the water. Or maybe our world-class golf courses are more your speed. Whatever your outdoor passion, a day (or three) out in the fresh sea air is a great way to change your outlook.

Go Out(side) to Eat

Many area restaurants have been offering outside dining options for patrons that want to eat in the open air. As of June 17th, they're cleared to allow indoor dining, with proper safety precautions, as well. We're keeping an updated list of which restaurants are open and what services they offer in our Eat section.

Miramar Beach Restaurant
The Miramar Beach Restaurant is one of many local eateries that's been offering outdoor dining on their patio.

The Coast is Open for Business

Most businesses on the Half Moon Bay Coastside have already reopened. “We are so happy to welcome back visitors to the Half Moon Bay Coastside,” says Krystlyn Giedt, President & CEO of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau. “Our businesses are very excited to serve and are committed to protecting the health and welfare of guests and our local community. We look forward to everyone being able to enjoy our beaches, farm fresh food, and array of outdoor adventure.”

Half Moon Bay's historic Main Street has a wealth of shopping opportunities. You won't find any big-box stores downtown. The many family-owned businesses offer a chance to find unique gifts you won't find anywhere else, while supporting small businesses that have been shuttered these past months.

Garden Apothecary
Half Moon Bay's Downtown offers a truly unique shopping experience.

Further north you'll find even more shops and eateries near Pillar Point Harbor, Moss Beach, and Montara. Or head south to San Gregorio and Pescadero, tiny rural hamlets that offer a glimpse into the Coastside as it was a century ago. 

We can't wait to welcome you back to the Coastside. Be sure to explore more of the things to do in Half Moon Bay, then find the perfect accommodations for your next stay!

Kevin Henney is a web developer and photographer who can often be found behind the scenes of He's a sixth-generation resident of the Coastside, but never fails to find something new to experience in our little seaside towns.