Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

We found 527 vacation rentals — enter your dates for availability

Search
Magnifiercirclex
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

Half Moon Bay vacation rentals

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 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.

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.

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.

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.