Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Half Moon Bay

The area's festivals and art galleries are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Half Moon Bay. Travelers to this relaxing city praise the beaches, seaside and restaurants. Mavericks and Computer History Museum are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in Half Moon Bay

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking and surfing. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Half Moon Bay a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pier 39 (23.9 mi / 38.4 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (19.1 mi / 30.8 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (23.8 mi / 38.4 km)
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Crystal Springs Golf Course (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Poplar Creek Golf Course (10.2 mi / 16.4 km)

Seasonal weather in Half Moon Bay

Travelers enjoy Half Moon Bay for its surfing. If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, September, August, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 66°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Half Moon Bay

Travelers love Half Moon Bay for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Half Moon Bay. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Mavericks (4.6 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Twin Peaks (19.9 mi / 32 km)
  • Palace of Fine Arts (23.5 mi / 37.9 km)
  • Shoreline Park (18.9 mi / 30.4 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (21 mi / 33.8 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (21.3 mi / 34.3 km)

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.

Where to stay around Half Moon Bay?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 394 holiday lettings near Half Moon Bay. From 211 Houses to 16 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Half Moon Bay is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Half Moon Bay:

  • Bayview: 35 holiday homes
  • Bayview-Hunters Point: 20 holiday homes
  • South San Mateo: 31 holiday homes
  • Sunset District: 459 holiday homes
  • Sunnyvale West: 26 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Half Moon Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Half Moon Bay. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Poplar State Beach: 530 holiday lettings
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links: 513 holiday lettings
  • Miramar Beach: 765 holiday lettings
  • Washington Square: 2,082 holiday lettings
  • Filoli: 727 holiday lettings

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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Half Moon Bay?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 211 Houses in Half Moon Bay. Our other popular types of Half Moon Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 16 self catering accommodations
  • Condos/Apartments: 111 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 16 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Half Moon Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 30 holiday homes with pool available in Half Moon Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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