5 Breathtaking Places to Visit in Half Moon Bay for a Weekend Getaway


The coastal town in California is unique in its own way. Rolling ridges shield this cozy city and it is usually covered in a cloud of fog.

Starting as a rural agriculture town, people can still enjoy the view of ranches, farmland, and flower nurseries while walking down the hillsides.

From beautiful seasides to magnificent nature’s wonder, here are some guiding points to the best attractions in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay State Beaches

Half Moon Bay coastline is bestowed with over three stunning beaches, namely Francis Beach Dunes Beach, Surfers’ Beach, and Venice beach. Visitors can go sightseeing and engage in beach activities in any of these state beaches. 

However, visitors who wish to sunbathe need to know that the weather is usually breezy and cold, while the atmosphere is frequently foggy. The climate may even be windy during summer. Hence, the recommended time to visit for those who want to sunbathe would be from September until early November.

Visitors who enjoy the coastline scenic view and plan for an overnight stay can choose to stay in a hotel or Half Moon Bay vacation rentals that give spectacular ocean views, where captivating beaches are just within walking distance.

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

This spectacular coastal trail is about five miles long and stretches from Seymour Bridge to Pillar Point Harbor. This trail a segment of the California Coastal Trail which is expected to be over a thousand miles when completed, covering from Oregon to Mexico.

The trail is mostly paved with asphalt. While walking down the path, visitors can savor the majestic views of the Pacific coastline.

The trail is not only accessible by foot, but it can also be accessed by wheelchair, bikes, and even skateboard. Visitors can rent a bike to make the most out of the day.

Devil’s Slide Trail

No, this trail is not where the evil and darkness lurks. Contrary to the name, this unique trail that spans over one mile lets visitors enjoy the sight of sea birds, whales, native plants, and an indefinite period of geologic history.


This multi-accessible county trail is a marked and paved trail that is open for walkers, runners, hikers, and cyclists. It is a part of the California Coastal Trail that connects visitors to several coastal landscapes.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

Purisima Creek Redwoods is a 4,711 acres open space preserve. Striking scenery of the Half Moon Bay can be seen from the northern part of this preserve.

The preserve is filled with a variety of wildflowers and fruits. Visitors can also walk through the short Redwood Trail upon entering the preserve.

Filled with gorgeous beaches, awe-inspiring natural landscape, and a diverse variety of animal and plant lives, Half Moon Bay is a great weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Get these recommended places to your bucket list and book that Half Moon Bay vacation rentals now.

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

This iconic lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in America located on the cliff of the central California coast. It was famous for its Fresnel lens back in 1872. Even though the lens is no longer in use, the light station is still rendering its service as a U.S Coast Guard up until today.

The coastal area surrounding the lighthouse is rich with marine life, including whales and seals. A diversity of flora and fauna can also be found mainly in the rocky reefs along the intertidal zone near the lighthouse.

These are some of the amazing places to visit when you’re in Half Moon Bay. It is for a fact that you’d never regret planning your trip to this incredible place. 

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