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About Half Moon Bay
Nestled on an inlet of the same name, Half Moon Bay is a quaint, coastal community situated in northern California’s San Mateo County. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, this seaside city experiences a temperate climate throughout most of the year with average temperatures hovering around the range of 60 °F (15.66 °C). Accordingly, extreme cold or hot weather are rarities in this region. Half Moon Bay’s primary industries include tourism, fishing, and agriculture.
Things to do in Half Moon Bay
Featuring numerous gorgeous beaches and historic points of interest, Half Moon Bay offers plenty of unique recreational and leisurely activities and sights. The city boasts magnificent shorelines at Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pomponio State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a refuge designed to assist in conserving marine ecosystems. Another outstanding attraction is Pillar Point Harbor, a lovely protected port for boats to dock. The harbor is home to many species of fish including Pacific herring, shiner, lingcod, flatfish, English sole, and much more. At this harbor, fishermen frequently vend their fish and crab catches to the public at discounted rates. Moreover, nearby eateries provide a fish filleting service. Art is a prominent part of Half Moon Bay’s culture. In addition to featuring galleries and workshops in the downtown area, the city has Colony of Coastside Artists, a dynamic artist’s collective. During October, Half Moon Bay hosts its annual Arts and Pumpkin Festival, one of California’s oldest local fairs.
Day trips from Half Moon Bay
Since Half Moon Bay is part of the San Francisco Bay Area, there are a number of fantastic neighboring cities to visit. San Francisco proper is located just about an hour’s drive north from Half Moon Bay. At San Francisco, visitors can marvel at iconic structures and attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman’s Wharf. The city also houses one of the largest Chinatown communities in the country. With around an hour and a half’s drive south from Half Moon Bay is the profoundly beautiful city of Santa Cruz. With a comfortable moderate climate, impressive redwood forests, and scenic coastlines, Santa Cruz is a marvelous destination where visitors can enjoy the outdoors with ease. The city features the University of California, Santa Cruz as well as the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which boasts an amusement park that has been running since 1907.
Half Moon Bay accommodations
A significant majority of vacation rentals at Half Moon Bay offer picturesque views of the beach. With diverse properties ranging from sea cliff beach cottages to luxurious oceanfront villas to modest abodes tucked away in the mountains, there is a breathtaking accommodation to suit every lifestyle.
Transportation in Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay has a strong highway infrastructure with access to State Route 92 leading eastwardly as well as State Route 1, which is also called the Cabrillo Highway, running north and south. Driving a car would be the ideal mode of transportation at this coastal city. As for public transportation, there are a few bus routes managed by the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) that provide services throughout Half Moon Bay.