A Great California Vacation Spot

Half Moon Bay is at the heart of the San Mateo Coastside, a hidden gem in the San Francisco Bay Area extending from Montara to Pescadero.

Less than 30 minutes by car from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, it’s the perfect destination for a fun California getaway without the usual crowds.

Come and enjoy:

  • Pillar Point harbor, home base for commercial and sport fishing, scenic cruises and sailing
  • Unspoiled redwood groves
  • Miles of natural beaches, tidepools and big waves
  • Surfing, sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking
  • Farms, wineries, nurseries and vineyards
  • Unique shops, art galleries, and antique stores
  • Historic downtown areas of Half Moon Bay and Pescadero
  • Spectacular cliffs, canyons, and miles of hiking and biking trails
  • National marine and bird sanctuaries
  • Great local restaurants, wineries, and craft breweries
  • Day spas

Whether you’re looking for action and adventure or peace and tranquility, the Half Moon Bay Coastside is one of the best California vacation spots.


The Coastside is a great place to visit year-round. Three annual events draw a lot of visitors, so plan early if these are on your wish list!

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