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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“state beach” (21 reviews)
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 916-653-6995
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The signs say no swimming or wading. There are some big waves. We stood on beach playing a little in waves. The highlight was seeing a humpback whale two afternoons. It hung out for awhile. We also saw seal. Beach was clean.

Thank JulieCandfamily2014
Reviewed 22 September 2016

visited here with family of 11. Paved walkway around the Bay, plenty of seating and tables, some under shady trees. Sandy white beach. Great waves - but also dangerous rips. Still exciting to watch and hear the waves roar and crash and spray. Seagulls, starlings,...More

Thank cwsnaps
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We had sailed past and into the harbour the afternoon before so got a chance to walk out and view from the land on Labor Day Sunday. The swell seemed big from the ocean but only created small waves over the near reef where two...More

Thank douglas9873
Reviewed 11 September 2016

This beach is breathtaking. There is easy access to the beach and a paved walking path up above. There's lots of lawn space for cookouts and gatherings.

Thank Terri P
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is a camping beach so many of the people there were staying at the campground next to parking lot. Even though there were a lot of people, we still found parking and could walk the beach. The sand drops off so dramatically, the waves...More

Thank mrsnutpop
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Walk along the edge and watch the waves crash below... Sit on one of the many benches and take in the sunset. Locals walk with their kids and dogs....family and couple friendly. Clean bathrooms. I only wish I lived here to be able to take...More

Thank Shanteix
Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is a very nice beach offering a lot of beautiful views of the ocean and the shoreline. The water looks very nice in its blue and shiny color. The only negative thing is that the temperature, epecially the water temperarue it quite low which...More

Thank Joky80
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Great for that quintessential stroll on the beach at sunset. Bring a jacket and all your senses. You will need both :-)

1  Thank geezluiz
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Beautiful ocean beach area that's great for walking. Gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. I would recommend a stop here if you want to take in some ocean views.

Thank Brin651
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I stay in Half Moon bay often when traveling for work and take advantage of the wonderful trail along the cliffs for running or walking. The beach is typically very clean and there are lots of great places to sit and contemplate life's biggest questions....More

Thank Cindi S
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1 September 2017|
Response from Phil N | Reviewed this property |
I stayed at the Half Moon Bay campground about a mile south of the center of town. At that point the sandy beach is about a hundred feet below a bluff. Going north there is a trail along the bluff for a half mile or so. Then... More
Lyssa I
17 January 2017|
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Response from cencaljim | Reviewed this property |
The walk-in sites are within 50 yards of parking. There is one small parking area at that corner of the campground that is for the exclusive use of tent campers. If you go to Google Earth it will take you to Dunes Beach... More
Harold R
24 February 2016|
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Response from Kbrat25 | Reviewed this property |
All of them are, you just have to keep them on the leash.