|Discover Half Moon Bay! From railroad town to bootlegging town to elite, artist community; Half Moon Bay continues to thrive on the northern side of San Francisco Bay. This romantic seaside community of 8,000 is a haven and a particularly delightful place for your vacation get-away! |
Pillar Point Harbor is an active harbor with 369 berths and plenty of seaside fun. Try ocean fishing from the public pier, (no license), sail aboard majestic tall ships, get fresh seafood on the docks and restaurants, visit the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, explore the beaches and bluffs. (650) 726-5727
Take a historic walk through Half Moon Bay. Visit the house of Pablo Vasques, dashing son of a Mexican ranchero, at 270 Main St, an 1859 home of Estanislao Zaballa at 326 Main St., the 1911 jail at 505 Johnston St., and the 1872 Ocean Shore Railroad depot, then church social hall, at Johnston and Miramontes.
The Dunn Mehler Gallery houses contemporary three-dimensional art by American artists. Visit this unique gallery at 337 Mirada Road, open 10 - 6, closed Tuesdays.
Point Montara Lighthouse, established in 1875, sits above the rugged coastline north of Half Moon Bay. The current tower replaced the original in 1928 and the station buildings now serve as a youth hostel.
James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a great place to observe coastal tidepools at low tide. From Moss Beach take California St to the coast.
Pillar Point Harbor is an active harbor with 369 berths and plenty of access for water fun. Ocean fishing requires no license from the public pier, sail aboard a magestic tall ship, or explore the trails along the beaches and bluffs. (650) 726-5727
James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a great place to hike along the bluffs and view the ocean below. Or, view a variety of animal life in the coastal tidepools. From Moss Beach take California St to the coast.
Half Moon Bay State Beach - 1 mile south of Half Moon Bay to Kelly Avenue, west on Kelly two miles to the park, 51 sites, dump station, beach access, no reservations but this is a very busy park, arrive early
Butano State Park - 5 miles south of Pescadero on Cloverdale Road, 40 tent, RV and walk-in sites, basic facilities, beautiful hikes in this site set amid redwoods, reservations a must.
Surfers head to Surfer's Beach, just south of Pillar Point Harbor, with waves ranging from a few inches to several feet. This beach is popular for most water sports and you'll often find folks enjoying kayaking, wind surfing and jet skiing. Check out the infamous Mavericks, just beyond the Pillar Point tracking station, for the some of the world's best waves. This area is for very experienced surfers only, but is still great fun to watch.
The Purissima Creek Redwoods is just the place for hikers, cyclist and horseback riders seeking a more secluded jaunt. Just five miles east of town on Purrissima Creek Road to Higgins Purissima Road.
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, the west's monster pumpkin competition, has nearly 100 contenders vying for the largest grown pumpking of the year. Kick off for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Oct 11 at beginning at 7:30 am at the IDES Grounds. Call (650) 726-9652
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, one of the great festivals in the state, is kicked off with the Weigh-Off the previous weekend. Saturday's line-up begins with a Costume Contest, followed by parade at noon, and masquerade ball Saturday night. Sunday, join the Pumpkin run or put your pumpkin carving skills to work in the pumpkin carving contest at 10:00. Throughout the weekend enjoy pumpkin patches, a haunted house, arts and crafts, pumpkin foods, entertainment and tons of fun. Main Street, Half Moon Bay (650) 726-9652 Oct 16-17