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

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)
Weather

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 features

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)
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.

Where to stay near Half Moon Bay?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 420 house rentals near Half Moon Bay. From 216 Houses to 20 Cabins, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Half Moon Bay for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're travelling 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: 753 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 578 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 637 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Heights: 300 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 26 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, 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 travelling to Half Moon Bay?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices 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:

  • Poplar State Beach: 568 home rentals
  • Half Moon Bay Golf Links: 562 home rentals
  • Miramar Beach: 841 home rentals
  • Alcatraz Island: 2,163 home rentals
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden: 2,200 home 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 216 Houses in Half Moon Bay. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Half Moon Bay include:

  • Cabins: 20 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 123 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 20 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows 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 60 vacation homes with pool available in Half Moon Bay.

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