If you’re looking for scenic views and delicious seafood, look no further than Half Moon Bay. With year-round activities and special seasonal events, this charming coastal city 30 miles south of San Francisco is always worth a visit. In the spring and summer, kayak among wildlife and witness blooms of wildflowers.
The fall brings the local harvest, and pumpkin patches and corn mazes take over the landscape. And in the winter, sit back by the fire with a holiday drink in hand and ocean waves roaring in the distance. No matter which season you visit, here are some of our favorite things to do to make the most of your trip!
EXPLORE MAIN STREET
Shop around this quaint street for unique clothing, art, gifts, and home goods. There are also many historical points of interest, including the Half Moon Bay Jail Museum and City Hall. Grab some picnic items and head over to the iconic James Johnston House for sweeping views of the area.
ENJOY THE FRESH CATCH
Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than on the California coast, and Half Moon Bay has several places to try a taste. Pillar Point Harbor, homeport to the vital commercial fishing industry, offers fresh fish right off the dock! The Fishline App lets you know the type of fish available to purchase.
For a delicious selection of seafood, head over to one of the many restaurants in the area. Try the Dungeness crab, seasonal oysters, or fish and chips at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Or perhaps the ceviche and other Peruvian flavors at La Costanera. Other favorites include award-winning lobster rolls at Sam’s Chowder House and fish tacos at Flying Fish & Grill located on Main Street.
HIT THE BEACH
Half Moon Bay has some of the best beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area, with opportunities to swim, hike, explore tide pools, or simply relax. Grab your picnic basket and enjoy a stunning sunset at Poplar Beach. Or head to Half Moon Bay State Beach and explore the Visitors Center to learn more about the history of the area.
GET ON THE WATER
Experience the coast firsthand on the water! Paddle among seals, birds, and marine wildlife in protected Pillar Point Harbor with Half Moon Bay Kayak. Their fleet includes single, double, and triple kayaks as well as paddle boards and bikes to rent. If you’re looking to make your outing special, consider one of their guided trips.
TASTE THE LOCAL BOUNTY
From April through December, explore the Coastside Farmers Market for a variety of fresh produce and goods from local farmers, ranchers, and artisans. For a sweet treat to take home, purchase a variety of raw honey from Half Moon Honey. Owners Teri and Gary Butler are incredibly knowledgeable and focus on fresh honey, pollen, and bee rescues.
SIP ON SOME WINE
To wind down, head over to a local winery. La Nebbia Winery provides a wide sampling of grape varietals. Their gardens and picnic areas are also the perfect spot to relax and play bocce ball. Nearby, stop by Barterra Winery’s tasting room for fine wines from California’s top vineyards.
DECIDED YOU WOULD LIKE TO STAY LONGER?
We don’t blame you! Half Moon Bay offers a variety of sophisticated accommodations for a longer visit. For magnificent views, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Oceano Hotel & Spa, and Beach House Half Moon Bay will not disappoint. Looking for more options? Check out all of the other hotel options in Half Moon Bay! For more assistance in planning these activities, check out Half Moon Bay Coastside Tours.
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