Half Moon Bay travel guide

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You're Going to Love Half Moon Bay

With a population of 11,324, Half Moon Bay is a must-see destination in California, United States. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Half Moon Bay has to offer.

Where to Eat in Half Moon Bay

If you’re looking for affordable options, Miramar Beach Restaurant (131 Mirada Road) and Navio (1 Miramontes Point Road) are great picks.

When to visit Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay in April
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Half Moon Bay in April
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Half Moon Bay in August, when the average temperature is 15 °C, and the highest can go up to 18 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 6 °C, with an average temperature of 10 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 133 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Half Moon Bay, with an average rainfall of 3 mm.

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How to Get to Half Moon Bay


When flying to Half Moon Bay, you’ll arrive at San Francisco Airport (SFO), which is located 11 miles from the city centre. The shortest flight to Half Moon Bay from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h 05m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Half Moon Bay. The train journey from Half Moon Bay to Santa Clara takes 1h 01m and costs around $32 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from San Jose, expect to pay about $34 for a 1h 13m trip.


Another option to get to Half Moon Bay is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 23 miles from Half Moon Bay. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Half Moon Bay, including FlixBus, Greyhound and Bus. From Sacramento, the bus ride to Half Moon Bay takes 120 miles and will cost you around $32. From Fresno, the ticket costs about $47 for a journey of 295 miles.

Airports near Half Moon Bay

Airlines serving Half Moon Bay

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Where to stay in Half Moon Bay

From 5-star hotels such as the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay to great affordable options like the Beach House Half Moon Bay, Half Moon Bay offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $494 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $1,144 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Aristocrat Hotel, BW Signature Collection and Quality Inn Half Moon Bay - Miramar Beach.

Where to stay in popular areas of Half Moon Bay

Most booked hotels in Half Moon Bay

Hotel Focus SFO
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North
Okay (5.9, Okay reviews)

Hiring a car in Half Moon Bay

Expect to pay $1.85 per litre in Half Moon Bay (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.15 and $29.53. Full-size (Nissan Frontier or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Half Moon Bay, while also 65% cheaper than other types, on average.