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Enterprise Rent-A-Car 213 San Mateo Rd., #112 Phone: 650-712-6880 Fax: (650) 712-6884
Coast Cab Company PO Box 2252, El Granada, CA 94018 Phone: (650) 726-1779 Fax: 650-712-1119
There are many beaches here stretching along the PCH. You will want to have a car for any exploring outside the local area of your hotel.
Almost all of the beaches are on or off of Highway 1 (a.k.a the Pacific Coast Highway) (Note some addresses are given as CA Highway 1, the Cabrillo Highway or the PCH.)
Bean Hollow State Beach & Pebble Beach, Off of Highway 1. (Phone: 650-879-2170) Due to the heavy surf and rip tide swimming is not recommended. You can explore the self-guided nature trail.
Cowell Ranch State Beach, Off of Highway 1, (Phone: 650-726-8819) The entrance to Cowell Ranch is a fairly long hike in and leads to cliffs overlooking the ocean. It is a steep hike down to the beach.
Dunes State Beach, Highway 1 to Young Avenue, (Phone: 650-726-8819) Sister beach of Venice State Beach and Francis State Beach. Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system.
Gray Whale Cove State Beach a.k.a Devil's Slide, Highway 1, (Phone: 650-726-8819). The 2 nick names derive from 1) gray whales can be seen from the beach and 2) the steep landslide trails. Note – this is a clothing optional beach.
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 and at point you can see the San Andreas Fault peaking out.
Francis State Beach, From Highway 1 to Kelly Avenue, (Phone: 650-726-8819) Sister beach of Venice State Beach and Dunes State Beach. Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system. Also home of the Half Moon Bay State Beach headquarters
Montara State Beach, Highway 1 at 2nd Street, (Phone: 650-726-8819) One of the more popular beaches in Half Moon bay due to easy access and low hills, the beach provides opportunity for swimming, exploration of tide pools and surf fishing. There is also a lighthouse at Point Montara that has been converted to a bed and breakfast.
Pillar Point Marsh, Highway 1 to Capistrano Road to Pillar Point Harbor. (Phone: 650-728-3584)
Mavericks, Home of the legendary Mavericks Surf Contest. Surf conditions warrant only the most experienced in big wave riding need apply. This area NOT recommended for swimming. The huge crashing waves are a sight to see.
Naples / Roosevelt State Beach Highway 1 to Washington Boulevard to Naples Avenue (Phone: 650-726-8819) Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system.
Pescadero State Beach, Highway 1 to Pescadero Road (Phone: 800-444-7275) Explore the tide pools or watch the waves crash along the rocks. As a great place for bird watchers. Sister beach of Pomponio State Beach.
Pigeon Point Beach, Off of Highway 1. Home of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
Pomponio State Beach, Highway 1 to Pescadero Road, (Phone: 800-444-7275) This beach is at the base of sand stone cliffs that are not as hard to reach as steeper trails. Sister beach of Pescardero State Beach.
San Gregorio State Beach, Highway 1 to Highway 84 Discovered by Explorer Gaspar de Portolá in 1769, the beach is strewn with driftwood and there is also a bird sanctuary. Note – this is a clothing optional beach.
Venice State Beach, Highway 1 to Venice Boulevard, (Phone: 650-726-8819) Sister beach of Dunes State Beach and Francis State Beach. Part of the Waterfront Coastside Trail system.
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.
Plan your Half Moon Bay hotel stay around one of the local festivals.
Rock the Block Coastside Block Party Late May. Sponsored by Chamber Office: 650-726-8380
Portuguese Pentecostal Festival 7 weeks after Easter. Sponsored by IDES Society: 650-726-2729
Classics By The Sea Car Show Late July or early August. Sponsored by Chamber Office: 650-726-8380
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Early to Mid October. Sponsored by Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee: 650-726-9652
Coastal Flower Market Third Saturday of every month (except October) hotline: 650-712-9439
Reece Computer Systems Green Technology open Monday through Saturday: 650-726-7155
There are some good local restaurants that will be in the area of your hotel.
Ketch Joanne Restaurant and Harbor Bar, 17 Johnson Pier, 650-728-3747. Open until 3AM F and Sa. Reasonably priced food. Bar becomes popular around 10:30PM.
Sam's Chowder House, 4210 North Cabrillo Hwy, 650-712-0245. 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".
Your hotel will put you near a couple local wineries.
La Nebbia Winery, formerly Obester Winery 12341 San Mateo Rd. Phone: 650-726-9463 Fax: 650-726-7074
Half Moon Bay Winery 700 Mill St., Ste 4, Phone: 650-245-8033
Best Western Half Moon Bay Lodge is located on Highway 1 in the quaint northern California coastal city of Half Moon Bay. The Best Western Half Moon Bay Lodge is an attractive Hacienda-style hotel with 80 guest rooms; each overlooking the Arnold Palmer designed Half Moon Bay Golf Links.
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Be careful to check for ticks after hiking in fields in the bay area. There is a high rate of lyme disease transmission in the Bay Area. If a bulls' eye rash develops at the tick bite site, immediately seek medical help and treatment with antibiotics.
Your Half Moon Bay hotel can make a great base for day trips to the surrounding area.
The City of San Francisco is just 25 miles to the North, Santa Cruz just 40 miles to the South.
Source Wikitravel 2008