Half Moon Bay SB

State Beach


To facilitate an improvement project within the campground at Half Moon Bay State Beach (Francis Beach), reservations WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE October 1, 2014 THROUGH December 31, 2014. When the project dates are finalized, unaffected dates will be opened for reservations. The campground will now be open and available for reservations throughout the remainder of 2013 and every day up to, and including, September 30’th, 2014.

The Sweetwood Group Site WILL BE OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS during the project. TRAILERS AND RVs ARE NOT PERMITTED AT SWEETWOOD. Please note that the showers/restrooms at the Francis campground may not be available.

Thank you for your understanding.

Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.

PLEASE NOTE:  Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground is now on the reservation system. Campsite reservations must be made through Reserve America by calling 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or through their website at www.reserveamerica.com.

The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. There are three parking and beach access points:

Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Avenue in the City of Half Moon Bay.
Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Boulevard off Highway 1.
Dunes Beach at the end of Young Avenue off Highway 1.

The major weather pattern for Half Moon Bay is fog in the summer; crisp, clear days in the fall and spring; and wet, windy winters. Temperatures are moderate with the summer highs in the mid 60s and winter lows in the mid 40s. Summer fog is most common in the mornings and evenings.

The Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission to the Visitor Center is free.  The Visitor Center is completely accessible to those with disabilities.

Come on in and learn about the exciting world of the beach and experience the cultural history of the Coastside. 

Francis Beach has a campground with 52 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Although hookups are not available, there is a dump station. 
Coin-operated hot showers are also available.
(approximately 2 minutes per quarter)

Venice Beach
has outside showers, flush toilets, and a payphone.

Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the four beaches providing close to a three mile stretch to walk, jog or ride bikes. The trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor.

A horse trail parallels Coastside Trail from Roosevelt Beach to Francis Beach. While in the state parks, horses are restricted to the designated horse trail and are not permitted on State Beaches.

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Dogs are prohibited on the beaches at all times.  Dogs are permitted in the campground, in the day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

The Ocean - Always use caution when you are in or near the ocean. The ocean water is very cold year round. Even a short swim can cause cramps or hypothermia (a life threatening condition which occurs when your body temperature drops below normal). In addition, strong rip currents can pull even the most experienced swimmers off shore.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.  Fireworks are prohibited.

Permits are required for all events and weddings.  For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:


  • Park Office Telephone:

    (650) 726-8819

  • Region

    San Francisco Bay Area


    San Mateo

  • Max Camper Length:

    40 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    40 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes


San Mateo Coast Sector Office
Half Moon Bay SB
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
Paul Keel, Sector Superintendent

TEL (650) 726-8819
FAX (650) 726-8816

Park Entrance Telephone:
(650) 726-8820

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