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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 40 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 40 Feet

Park Hours


Driving Directions to Half Moon Bay SB

The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 with 3 parking lots in the City of Half Moon Bay. The three parking and beach access points are below:
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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Volunteer Positions Available at San Mateo Coast State Parks

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? Than join our volunteer team ! You can lead tours, run school group programs, operate the visitor centers, lead whale-watching programs, help with special events, work on preservation and maintenance projects, help with native plant restoration, participate in citizen science research projects, maintain trails and much more.

California State Parks is seeking enthusiastic new volunteers interested in helping parks in the San Mateo Coast Sector. Recruiting is currently occurring at Pigeon Point Light Station Historic Park, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Burleigh Murray Ranch and McNee Ranch Montara State Beach.  Volunteers may choose to help in one or more of the parks.  The sector also has a special need for highly trained volunteers to present programs for school groups in the parks and at the local schools on weekdays.

Half Moon Bay State Beach volunteers will have the opportunity to operate the visitors center, answer visitors’ questions, interpret displays, give tours, present student programs, and in general contribute to the overall inspiration, education, and enjoyment of Park visitors.

New volunteers will participate in a series of training sessions scheduled for Saturdays. The first training session of the series will begin on Saturday, February 20 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Historic Train Depot located at 110 Higgins Canyon Road in Half Moon Bay. If you are interested in volunteering primarily at Montara, Half Moon Bay and Pescadero State Beaches, please register for training with Nelle or Angie at (650) 726-8804, voice mailbox 7#, or e-mail  If you are interested in volunteering primarily at, Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, please register for training with Julie Barrow at or call (650) 879-2120 and leave a message.

Visiting Half Moon Bay

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

The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 with 3 parking lots in the City of Half Moon Bay. The three parking and beach access points are below:

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 and flush toilets.

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.

Available Activities and Facilities at Half Moon Bay State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible