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There’s a lot to be said for a change of scenery and the Half Moon Bay Coastside is famous for beautiful scenery.

Anyone who has taken a day off work knows that just getting out of your usual routine can help to relieve stress, so when a true vacation is out of the question, consider the benefits of a workcation. It’s a great way to break up the daily grind and give you a new outlook and get you out of the seasonal doldrums. Working from home doesn’t have to be limited to your primary residence, you can create a “home base” that’s close by in Half Moon Bay and still lets you stay connected.

Where to Stay

Start by choosing the type of stay that fits your needs. Half Moon Bay offers a range of different styles, locations and prices to meet every budget.


The Harbor View Inn is an affordable choice that is right on the coast with panoramic views of the harbor and the water. It’s dog friendly and walking distance from several local restaurants. Just soaking up the negative ions coming from the ocean is bound to make you feel good.

Harbor View Inn
The Harbor View Inn offers panoramic views of the harbor and the water.


Located in a classic Spanish Revival building from the 1930’s, the Half Moon Bay Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street. Each room is unique and there’s a wide variety of restaurants and shops to check out just outside your front door. Even a few days away will give you a new perspective.

The Half Moon Bay Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street.
The Half Moon Bay Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street.


If you want to ensconce yourself in luxury, the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is the way to go. You can order room service, take walks on the beach, enjoy the unobstructed views, and even take in a round of golf. A week away will leave you feeling refreshed.

The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
If you want to ensconce yourself in luxury, the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay is the way to go.

Where to Eat

Half Moon Bay has plenty of terrific places to eat. You can splurge on sushi or find sandwiches or barbecue to take to the beach.


Old Princeton Landing is a pub with an outdoor space that’s frequented by surfers. On the menu you’ll find Hawaiian poke, ceviche, fish tacos, fish and chips and even Thai cod curry along with specials.

Old Princeton Landing
Old Princeton Landing at Pillar Point Harbor


Verrazzano Pizza is not your typical pizzeria. The dough is made in small batches from locally sourced flour and the toppings are organic, seasonal and local whenever possible. Offering slices and whole pies, their artful pizzas will please the most discriminating palates.

Verrazzano Pizza
Verrazzano Pizza in Stone Pine Center, Half Moon Bay


Main Street Grill is the place to go when you’re craving an old fashioned hearty breakfast, or a burger and fries. A cozy spot that’s a favorite with locals, it’s friendly, comfortable and offers a full menu to go.

Main Street Grill
Main Street Grill in Downtown Half Moon Bay

Where to Walk

Mom was right, a little fresh air is good for you. Whether you want to go on a hike, meander on the beach or window shop on Main Street, you’ll find plenty of options right out the front door.


The Coastal Trail offers over 11 miles to walk and you can take your leashed dog with you. Running parallel to the Pacific Coast, you’re likely to see birds in addition to beaches and bluffs. The trail is also open to bikes.

The California Coastal Trail
The California Coastal Trail, north of Miramar


Half Moon Bay State Beach encompasses several beaches including Francis Beach, Venice Beach, Dunes Beach, and Roosevelt Beach and Elmar Beach. Set below the dunes and bluffs, it offers 4 miles of sandy beaches. Weather permitting you can take a break and find your own scenic spot for a picnic.

Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half Moon Bay State Beach

Main Street

Half Moon Bay’s Main Street isn’t just great for shopping and dining, but also for history and architecture. Use this guide on your walk. Midweek you’ll find that the town is even more relaxing and less crowded.

Downtown Half Moon Bay
Downtown Half Moon Bay

Ready to book a workcation of your own? Check out our lodging directory and find the perfect place to stay, from charming inns and B&Bs to luxury waterfront resorts!

Amy Sherman is a local food and travel writer. She’s the author of Williams Sonoma New Flavors for Appetizers and Wine Passport Portugal and has written for food, travel and lifestyle publications including Afar, Food Network, Marin magazine, Fodor's and 7x7. After years of driving past Half Moon Bay on her way to and from UC Santa Cruz, she’s now happy to stop and fully enjoy its charms.