Half Moon Bay has one of the most charming downtown areas around, and if you come to the Coastside simply to visit the beach, you’re in for a surprise.
Half Moon Bay’s Main Street has a rich history, with dozens of buildings of historic significance. With parks, live music and many shops, galleries and eateries, you’ll easily spend the whole day downtown.
If you’re here on the weekend, the Coastside Farmer’s Market is Saturday morning at Shoreline Station from May through December. Hosting dozens of growers from near and far, craftspeople, florists, ranchers and chocolatiers, you’ll find almost anything you need for your week’s meals. And there’s always music!
Afterwards, take a stroll down Main Street, with so many shops, galleries, eateries and places to sit, rest and take it all in. There’s even an outdoor playground at Oddyssea, where kids and adults alike can explore the sunken ship, make crafts and play. In the Summer and Fall, there’s likely music at Mac Dutra Park on the corner of Kelly & Main, hosted by the City, and Shakespeare in Carter Park, just north of the bridge.
There is a Historic walking tour, the town’s original jail (now a museum) and many fun events, including the famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, Night of Lights and an Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade. Click here to see the full events calendar.