Half Moon Bay Attractions
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kel|y Ave., Half Moon Bay CA; Tel. 650.726.8819
The broad sand beach and crystal blue waters of this natural Half Moon Bay attraction spread for four miles and encompass three distinct beaches, Francis Beach, Venice Beach and Dunes Beach. The water is cold year round, even when the sun is strong, but the scenery at Half Moon Bay State Beach is nothing short of stunning. Sunbathing, picnicking and fishing are some of the most popular activities at Half Moon Bay State Beach. The nearby Beach Trail stretches for ten miles and is a popular vein for Half Moon Bay hiking and biking.
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Rocky and windswept, Half Moon Bay's Ano Nuevo State Reserve is a wild and undeveloped breeding ground for the northern elephant seal. Hundreds come to flirt, frolick and mate, to the delight of Half Moon Bay visitors; November through May is the best time to enjoy the regenerative splendor of this popular Half Moon Bay attraction.
12341 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay CA 94019; Tel. 650.726.6543
Half Moon Bay's only winery, Obester Winery offers daily tastings (from 10am-5pm) and an ideal setting in the rolling hills for an afternoon picnic.
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
2000 Fairway Drive, Half Moon Bay CA; Tel. 650.726.4438
Arnold Palmer designed this championship golf course in Half Moon Bay. Both Old Course and Ocean Course (designed to rival the best Scottish greens) are par-72, 18-hole golf courses overlooking the ocean.
1828 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay CA; Tel. 650.726.2362
Frisky fillies and guided horseback riding tours on the beach for all levels of equestrian experience, including pony rides for children.
Main Street Half Moon Bay
Main St., Half Moon Bay CA
Half Moon Bay's main drag, Main Street has an old-time, rustic feel and boasts a variety of unique shops, fine restaurants, packed breakfast cafes, boutiques and art galleries.
More like mountains than waves, the winter surf at Half Moon Bay's Mavericks is legendary. Sharks, death-defying heights, freezing waters and infamous fatalities combine to make Half Moon Bay's Mavericks the world's most challenging spot for big-wave riding (pros only!).
Spanishtown Art Center
Highway 92 and Highway 1, Half Moon Bay CA; Tel. 650.726.2348
A unique, Spanish-style shopping center a half-mile from Main Street in Half Moon Bay. The seven stores boast everything from nautical gifts, pottery, art, jewelry, antiques, painted furniture and more.
1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay CA 94019; Tel. 888.747.8433
Half Moon Bay local Huck Finn offers whale watching tours from mid-December through March. The salty trip lasts 3 hours and departs from Half Moon Bay's Pillar Point Harbor.