Laid-back beach town framed by mountains and rugged bluffs
Half Moon Bay is a laid-back beach town located just 45 minutes south of San Francisco via Highway 1. This relaxed coastal community is named after its crescent-shaped beach and is famed for the dramatic Mavericks surf spot. Half Moon Bay is a haven of outdoor recreation with miles of white sand beaches as well as trails rising into the surrounding mountains and nature preserves.
Farms and ranches dot the sloping hillsides overlooking Half Moon Bay. Closer to the oceanfront, the luxurious Ritz-Carlton offers first-class spa treatments and world-class golfing in a scenic blufftop setting. Half Moon Bay’s real estate mix includes ultra-desirable properties perched above the ocean or overlooking the community’s exceptional golf courses.
Half Moon Bay is a quintessentially Californian seaside town. The beaches are framed by rugged coastal bluffs, while mountains dominate the inland view. Half Moon Bay is cooled by a coastal fog that adds an air of mystery to its striking ocean vistas. Its historic downtown area features restaurants serving meals made with fresh ocean catches and ingredients from nearby farms.
Picturesque at the northern end of Half Moon Bay has 369 berths for use by small fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Fishermen at the harbor sell their fresh catches of crab and fish, which can then be taken to nearby restaurants to be filleted. Popular restaurants overlooking the harbor include and—the lobster rolls at Sam’s and fish and chips at Barbara’s are outstanding! Many more eateries can be found lining Main Street. Enjoy seasonal Italian specialties at Michelin Guide-recommended Pasta Moon, creative pizzas served in a romantic Tuscan courtyard at, unbeatable fish tacos at, and craft beers served alongside international bar eats at. Close to the famous Mavericks surf spot, is stocked with all you need to tackle the waves.
is one of the West Coast’s most dramatic and challenging surf breaks, and only the most fearless and skilled surfers dare to take on its largest waves. 15 to 30-foot waves are typical, while the wildest can exceed 50 feet. The calmer waters at Pier Point Harbor provide a more forgiving spot for surfers and paddle boarders to hone their skills. comprises several individual beaches stretching for miles along the Pacific Ocean coastline. The blufftop Ritz-Carlton spa and resort features overlooking the ocean. Both the Arnold Palmer-designed Old Course and the traditional Scottish-style Ocean Course combine breathtaking views with challenging play. Hiking trails run through the sprawling, unspoiled wilderness of 3,858-acre to the north and 4,471-acre to the south. In October, the annual is a unique celebration of Half Moon Bay’s status as the pumpkin capital of the world. The biggest products of the bountiful local harvest compete in championship weigh-offs while talented artists craft creative pumpkin sculptures and jack-o’-lanterns. There are also four stages of live music and scores of vendors offering food, wine, and handicrafts. Visit for fall favorites, including a pumpkin patch and a haunted house. This working farm also has petting zoos, pony rides, and even goat yoga!