Half Moon Bay Beach Getaways

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Half Moon Bay State Beach is actually four smaller beaches, with a total of two miles of sandy shore. The Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance 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.

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.

The park features a trail for horseback riding that runs behind the beach parallel to the ocean frontage. Nearby private stables rent horses for rides along the beach. The beach is a popular location for camping, picnicking, surfing, and surf fishing. Swimming is not advised.

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.

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