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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours


Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 40 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 40 Feet

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.


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

Join our team of volunteers at Half Moon Bay State Beach!

Training begins on April 22.
Do you enjoy the beach and spending time outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to become a volunteer with Half Moon Bay State Beach. Join our team of dedicated volunteers who interact with visitors, school groups, help monitor wildlife, garden in the native plant nursery, or operate the visitor center. Volunteer training is four Sundays, beginning Sunday, April 22 from 10am-2pm. For more information and an application, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ellen Tjosvold, at or call (650) 726-8814.


Visiting Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay park imageFour 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.

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.

Half Moon Bay coast imageFacilities/Activities
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. Some campsites have electrical hookups. Water and sewer hookups are not available, but there is a dump station and a water filling station.  Rental RV’s are not allowed to be dropped off or picked up from the park.

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.

Basic Park Information

FIRES are NOT allowed on the beach.

HORSES are allowed on the 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.

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. Dogs must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

BEACH WHEELCHAIR - The all-terrain beach wheelchair is available for use by the public at no cost, and may be checked out from the Francis State Beach entrance station on Kelly Avenue. Unlike street wheelchairs, this specially designed chair has large balloon tires which allow the chair to be used on the beach without sinking into the sand. With this chair, wheelchair users may access the beach at several locations along the Half Moon Bay coast. The purchase of the wheelchair was made possible, in part, from a grant by the local chapter of the Lions Club.

OCEAN SAFETY - 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.

DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.

COLLECTING is not allowed. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features. 

FIREWORKS are prohibited.

SPECIAL EVENTS and weddings require a permits. For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8815 or email

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITS: For information on obtaining these permits please contact the park directly at (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