Half Moon Bay, CA


The steep, curved cliffs that form the crescent shape of Half Moon Bay form a dramatic setting for this beachfront community. Half Moon Bay is a dream destination for surfers -- it features some of the tallest waves in California, and this is where the Mavericks Surf Contest is held. The "Mavericks," as the area is known to surfers, can have waves as tall as 60 feet. If you can tear yourself away from the stunning coastline, you'll enjoy easy proximity to nearby San Mateo (12 miles northeast), San Francisco (27 miles northeast), and San Jose (38 miles southwest). If you aren't a big-wave surfer, you'll still love renting in Half Moon Bay -- even if it is just for the views alone. The 181-acre Half Moon Bay State Beach is ideal for beachcombing, sunbathing, picnicking, or just relaxing and watching the surfers. The park also offers hiking and biking trails and a campground. You can also watch the boats in Pillar Point Harbor, enjoy the art galleries and workshops downtown, attend the annual Art and Pumpkin Festival, or visit some of the city's historic sites.

1 Neighborhoods in Half Moon Bay, CA

  • San Mateo-Foster City-Burlingame

    The beautiful and secluded community of Half Moon Bay on the San Francisco Peninsula features a combination of casual, beachy homes, many with ocean views, and small apartment complexes. The neighborhood features an eclectic mix of residents that includes artists, many of whom show their wares in the various art galleries in town. Surfers are drawn to the legendary waves at the Mavericks surf break, some of which can top 50 feet.