Destination guide

What Half Moon Bay offers seasonal vacationers

The coastal city of Half Moon Bay is in San Mateo County about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Fishing, surfing, and assorted water sports are popular activities in a city with several quaint neighborhood shops and cafes. Mild weather is typically enjoyed throughout the year by residents as well as travelers staying at Half Moon Bay vacation rentals. Restaurants often serve fresh catches made by local fishermen at Pillar Point Harbor, and local lagoons have several excellent spots to watch the sun set.

Things to do

Places to visit in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay attractions often visited by seasonal travelers include historic buildings such as the Methodist Episcopal Church at Half Moon Bay and the James Johnston House. Surfers are usually challenging waves that can climb to over 50 feet at Mavericks, a big-wave surf area by Pillar Point. Hikers can make their way from Montara Mountain to nearby San Pedro Valley County Park and continue to San Pedro Creek. Cultural sites include the 18,000-square-foot Peninsula Museum of Art, the Hiller Aviation Museum, and Wild Child, a family-friendly children's museum.


Things to do in Half Moon Bay

How activities Half Moon Bay has to offer are enjoyed doesn’t really depend on the season since there is no bad time to be outdoors. Public and private tours of historic homes are offered year-round, as are aerial helicopter tours. Travelers staying at Half Moon vacation rentals may sign up for various classes and workshops in the city's bustling downtown arts district, while hikers and campers can frequent nearby Montara Mountain. Water activities include swimming, surfing, waverunning, snorkeling, and fishing. Many of the community parks have picnic areas and kids' play spots perfect for family outings.


Half Moon Bay's climate and seasons

The Half Moon Bay climate is characterized by dry summers and warm winters. Afternoon winds from adjacent waterways contribute to an average yearly temperature of around 70 degrees. January is the coolest month, with temperatures sometimes dipping into the 40s, while July is the warmest, bringing temperatures in the 70s. Travelers at Half Moon Bay vacation rentals are sure to appreciate a comfort index rating considerably higher than the national average. Annual rainfall is just below 21 inches.

Natural features

Geographic and natural features of Half Moon Bay

Pillar Point Harbor is home to an assortment of fish and crab species, while dolphins are sometimes spotted off the jetty in front of Pillar Point RV Park, and whales have been known to pass by while on seasonal migrations. Leashless dogs are welcome on Poplar Beach, one of the 3 main Half Moon Bay beaches for travelers to visit in the area. A small lagoon is adjacent to Pomponio State Beach, and a freshwater lagoon can also be found by San Gregorio State Beach. Many plants and animals native to the region can be found at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, which is also home to a tide pool habitat and marsh.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Half Moon Bay

Fly into San Carlos, CA (SQL), the closest airport, located 10.4 mi (16.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 10.8 mi (17.3 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Half Moon Bay?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 440 vacation rentals near Half Moon Bay. From 238 Houses to 19 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Half Moon Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Half Moon Bay?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Half Moon Bay:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 741 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 633 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 377 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 591 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 563 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Half Moon Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Half Moon Bay. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Miramar Beach: 841 vacation rentals
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links: 530 vacation rentals
  • Poplar State Beach: 548 vacation rentals
  • Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay: 674 vacation rentals
  • Pelican Point Beach: 529 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Half Moon Bay listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Half Moon Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 238 Houses in Half Moon Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Half Moon Bay include:

  • Cabins: 19 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 119 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Half Moon Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 58 vacation rentals with pool available in Half Moon Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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