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Fall City Guide in Half Moon Bay

City Guide - Half Moon Bay, California

It’s no secret that we really love Half Moon Bay, California. We head that way quite often, and enjoy the small town, beachy feel it provides. Here are a few of our favorite things to eat, see, and do there.

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Eat

Ebb Tide Cafe
Sip your coffee across from Miramar Beach. Weekends only.
311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Pasta Moon
The name and pasta have both been good for over 25 years.
315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Navio at The Ritz Carlton
Delicious american fare in a beautiful setting.
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Hop Dogma Brewing Company
Small-batch local brewery. Does not serve food.
30 Avenida Portola, Ste 1B, El Granada, CA 94018 (www)

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton

See

Half Moon Bay State Beach
An easily accessible beach that can be crowded during summer or weekends.
95 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Redondo Beach
An off-the-beaten-path beach with cool cliff formations.
Redondo Beach Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Mavericks Beach
Known for it’s enormous waves and invite only surf competition.
Pillar Point, Princeton-by-the-Sea, California (www)

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Do

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
Beautiful stretch of coastline, perfect for walking or bikes.
Miramontes Point, San Mateo County, CA 94019 (www)

Sea Horse Ranch
Guided beach and trail rides by horseback.
1828 Cabrillo Highway N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Go during low tide to see a wide array of marine life.
200 Nevada Avenue, Moss Beach, CA 94038 (www)

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If you love it so much you’d like to stay, I highly recommend the Ritz-Carlton. If you’re feeling festive you could head over to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm to enjoy the hay maze and other fall activities, or if you can’t make it out right now you could always try to catch the Annual Pumpkin Festival next year.

Do you have any favorite places to add in Half Moon Bay?

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33 comments

  1. Hi! I’ve only been to Half Moon Bay once and we ate on the water at Sam’s. Although it’s busy, it was really a nice experience and had good food. 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous looking place. The pictures of the beach underneath the cliffs and the green grass actually reminds me of some places I’ve seen within Ireland.

  3. I love that part of CA. Gorgeous! Lot’s to do and see!

  4. LOVE half moon bay. I wanna go back. I always forget about it, and it’s so close.

  5. I’ve veneer been to Half Moon Bay but I’d heard about Pasta Moon from many friends! They said the pasta is the BEST they’ve ever tastes <3

  6. Wow! That looks like a beautiful place to visit! I love pasta and so I love your restaurant rec’s too! That wave photo is incredible!

  7. These are some great pictures!

  8. I was JUST talking to my friend about The Ritz at Half Moon Bay this afternoon. She wants to go there for her birthday brunch (which is on Saturday). I told her to go for it, it’s pretty gorgeous out there.

    1. Tell her to make reservations, weekend brunch is packed!

  9. I love half moon bay!! i haven’t been in almost a decade. the last time i went was right after college with an ex boyfriend. time to make new and better memories with the husband i think!

  10. Bucket list addition.

  11. I really want to take up to Half Moon Bay and go to the pumpkin patch. I heard it’s nuts on the weekends so maybe I should go during the week. I saw your post about it and it looks so festive!

    1. You should go! It’s a ton of fun. I’m so glad they brought the hay maze back this year. One year it even had a trap door in it.

  12. Oh wow beautiful pics!

  13. Whoa that wave is huge!! So beautiful 🙂

  14. I’ve never been to half moon bay, it’s beautiful!

  15. Looks so beautiful and sounds like the place to visit.

  16. I’ve never been but it looks amazing! Once again your photos transport us straight there!

  17. Those waves were huge!! Did they not wipe out all those boats?! Also, I’ve always wanted to ride horses across the beach! If I’m ever there, I’ll be sure your list with me!

    Katie <3

  18. I love Half Moon Bay! I haven’t been in so very long though. The City by the Bay is keeping me a tad too busy!

  19. This looks stunning! I would love to go. But that wave photo is intense!
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
    http://www.theaccidentalmama.com

    1. Isn’t it?! Mavericks can be crazy.

  20. I have never been before but it looks like a beautiful place to visit!

  21. I just sent this to my manfriend. NO LIE. Thank you! (P.S. The birthday brunch comment about the Ritz got me all intrigued- now I feel like I want to try that too!)

    1. You should! Be forewarned the portions are not as large as they sound. 🙂

  22. I guess it is not “technically” Half Moon Bay, but I lump it in…. I LOVE La Costanera which has amazing Peruvian food – but beyond that it is absolutely the best place to watch the sunset! I also like Sam’s Chowder House.

    1. We’ll have to check those out! I keep hearing about Sam’s Chowder House too but I’m not a big chowder fan, so… Lol. 🙂

  23. Those saves are crazy! This is awesome!

  24. I have never been to this gorgeous place but after seeing your pictures I want to book my trip now! LOL thank you!

  25. This looks amazing. Great photos!! oxox, Amanda

  26. Ah, thanks for all of the suggestions! I hope to visit soon– maybe in 2015 🙂

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