Half Moon Bay Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Half Moon Bay; our list of the best things to see, including Flavor, Francis State Beach and Montara State Beach.
  • The best place in Half Moon Bay: Flavor


    10151 Cabrillo Hwy North
    From an early age and growing up in households where meals were a time for laughter and family bonding; daily events were shared, recent gossip was spread, and relationships were made and strengthened. It was at this time, Flavor's fun and friendly food philosophy was born.Many thanks to our wonderful parents! We believe that reasonably priced " American Comfort Food" is a rapidly disappearing c
  • Francis State Beach

    From Highway 1 to Kelly Avenue
    Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system. Also home of the Half Moon Bay State Beach headquarters
    eat nearby
  • Montara State Beach

    Highway 1 at 2nd Street
    There is also a lighthouse at Point Montara that has been converted to a bed and breakfast.
    restaurants nearby
  • Coastside Books

    432 Main Street
    Serving Half Moon Bay since 1972, Coastside Books has a carefully selected stock of current fiction, biography, history, science and nature, spiritual books, and children's literature.
  • Cowell Ranch State Beach

    Off of Highway 1
    It is a steep hike down to the beach.
    eat nearby
  • Venice State Beach

    Highway 1 to Venice Boulevard
    Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system.
    restaurants nearby
  • Pomponio State Beach

    Highway 1 to Pescadero Road
    Sister beach of Pescardero State Beach.
    food nearby
  • Dunes State Beach

    Highway 1 to Young Avenue
    (Phone: 650-726-8819) [2] Sister beach of Venice State Beach and Francis State Beach. Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system.
    eat nearby
  • Pigeon Point Beach

    Off of Highway 1
    Home of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
    restaurants nearby
  • Bean Hollow State Beach & Pebble Beach

    Off of Highway 1
    (Phone: 650-879-2170) [1] Due to the heavy surf and rip tide, swimming is not recommended. You can explore the self-guided nature trail.
    food nearby
  • Waterfront Coastside Trail

    Pillar Point Harbor to Mirada Road
    (Phone: 650-726-8297) The trail systems goes through Naples / Roosevelt Beach, Dunes Beach, Venice Beach, Francis Beach and Bluff Top Coastal Park.
    eat nearby
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach

    Highway 1 in Moss Beach
    (Phone: 650-728-3584) Docent tours are availed to take you through the nature trial and marine preserve. Lots of geologic formations are here and at the point you can see the San Andreas Fault peeking out. Great tidepools, walk out and see the sea urchins, starfish, and anenomies when the tide is 0 feet or lower.
    restaurants nearby
  • Gray Whale Cove State Beach a.k.a Devil's Slide

    Highway 1
    a Devil's Slide, Highway 1, (Phone: 650-726-8819), [3]. The two nick names derive from the fact that 1) gray whales can be seen from the beach and 2) there are steep landslide trails. Note – this is a clothing optional beach.
    food nearby
  • Sam's Chowder House

    4210 North Cabrillo Hwy
    Live music Friday and Saturday. The deck has great views and is a great place to sit around the fire pits. It's also dog friendly. NBC's Today Show named the Lobster Roll as one of the five "best sandwiches in America". However, it is unexpectedly expensive, with no seafood dinner entrees under $20, and reports suggest service quality is poor..
  • Port Montara Lighthouse

    On the rugged California coast, just 25 miles south of San Francisco, sits the Point Montara Fog Signal and Light Station. Established in 1875, the historic lighthouse and turn-of-the-century buildings have been preserved and restored by Hostelling International - American Youth Hostels and California State Parks, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard.
    restaurants nearby
  • La Nebbia Winery

    formerly Obester Winery 12341 San Mateo Rd
    Phone: (650) 726-9463 Fax: (650) 726-7074
  • Cafe Gibraltar

    425 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada
    Cafe Gibraltar is an interesting Mediterranean restaurant a short drive north of Half Moon Bay. Very high ratings in Michelin and Zagat guides, one of the best places to eat on the San Mateo coast.
  • Ketch Joanne Restaurant and Harbor Bar

    17 Johnson Pier
    Open until 3AM F and Sa. Food was pretty good and reasonably priced. Service was lacking. Bar becomes popular around 10:30PM
  • Cafe Gibraltar

    425 Ave Alhambra
    Award-winning Mediterranean menu in a unique setting with a spectacular ocean view. We use only organic free-range meat and fowl, organic produce and flour, and only the freshest seafood.
  • Gherkin's Sandwich Shop

    Gherkin's Sandwich Shop

    171 7th St
    Gherkin's Sandwich Shop is located off the Cabrillo Highway in beautiful Montara, CA. We serve all types of sandwiches, salads, burgers and we have a kid's menu!
  • Moss Beach Distillery

    Moss Beach Distillery

    140 Beach Way
    Historic Half Moon Bay area restaurant with ocean view dining, heated outdoor patio and famous blue lady ghost. Shop, golf, visit the beach then join us at the Moss Beach Distillery.
  • El Gran Amigo Taqueria

    El Gran Amigo Taqueria

    2448 Cabrillo Hwy
  • Cafe Classique

    107 sevilla ave
  • Odyssey


    2350 Carlos Street
  • Three-Zero Ventures

    9850 Cabrillo Hwy N
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Half Moon Bay uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.