Just off Highway One in Half Moon Bay, four small beaches stretching south from Montara Mountain form the gentle two-mile curve of fine, white sand that is Half Moon Bay State Beach. To the east the Santa Cruz Mountains frame a dramatic backdrop to this captivating north central coast region known to local residents as the “Coastside.” To the west the enduring Pacific rolls vigorously across the broad, flat beach. The breakwaters of Pillar Point to the north have a buffering effect on the surf, and the waters at this end of Half Moon Bay State Beach form a calm surf. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer. The Coastside weather pattern is typical of the north central coast, with cool morning fog and highs in the mid-60s during the summer. Spring and fall bring clear, crisp days, while wind and rain – broken by an occasional bright, sunny day - rule the winter months. Dressing in layers is recommended. Beach fires are not allowed, and dogs are prohibited on the beaches at all times. Dogs are permitted in the campground, in the day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Nice paved trail and flat, just watch out for Trail president on traffic patrol. lol.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Easy and pleasant and much of it is along the ocean. You can detour to one of the beaches, although half moon bay state beach is quite crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy walk on paved trail. Takes a bit to get to the ocean, but it is a beautiful site.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
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hiking
3 months ago