• Travel Advisory

Travel Advisories


Last updated March 18th, 8:00am

The safety of our visitors and residents is the most important thing to us on the Half Moon Bay Coastside. As people around the world respond to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, we want to keep you informed about the measures being taken in our area to ensure the health of our community. 



San Mateo County's status is currently Orange on California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which allows many businesses to continue operating with some restrictions.

Businesses that are open are expected to engage in “Social Distancing,” which includes maintaining at least six feet of space between individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. 



Leisure travel is permitted, and local hotels, motels, and inns are open, while maintaining Social Distancing practices and regular cleaning. Learn about the measures local hotels are taking to ensure the safety of their guests, and contact individual hotels for more information about their services during this time.



Restaurants in San Mateo County currently allowed to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity and outdoor dining. Many of the establishments in our restaurant directory also have other options such as take-out and delivery. We've marked those that are currently operating with the most up-to-date information that we have. Wineries and breweries that do not serve meals are permitted to open indoors at 25% capacity. Bars are permitted to operate outdoors.



Retail businesses are permitted to open for in-store shopping at normal capacity with modifications to ensure social distancing. Businesses offering outdoor recreation are operating, including golf courses, charter boats, and horseback riding. Please check with individual businesses before making plans.



Please check with event organizers before making plans, as many events have been affected by restrictions on large gatherings.


Are Half Moon Bay beaches open?
Most state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area are open, including parking lots and bathrooms. Beach visitors are required to engage in social distancing and face coverings should be worn in public wherever it's not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside your own household. Park stores and visitor centers are closed.

What other recreation is open in Half Moon Bay?
Trails at Quarry Park, Pillar Point Bluff, Mirada Surf West, and Devil's Slide are open. Blufftop trails at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are open, but tide pool and beach access is closed. 

Memorial Park, Pescadero Creek Park, Sam McDonald Park, and Tunitas Creek Beach remain closed as a result of recent wildfires in the area.

Visitors to county parks are required to hike single file on narrow trails, keep six feet apart from others, not congregate with people who aren’t from their household, and carry face coverings.

Is Pillar Point Harbor open?
Pillar Point Harbor is open. Public access to Johnson Pier, the boat launch ramp and off-the-dock fish sales has been restored. Restrooms are open and will be cleaned twice daily. Questions about Pillar Point Harbor can be directed to (650) 726-4382.

We want you to stay healthy and safe while you're with us in the Half Moon Bay area, and we're doing our best to keep this information current. Always verify directly with local businesses before making plans.