7.5 Good
     
Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Half Moon Bay, California



Half Moon Bay, California
Phone: (650) 726-8819

Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $35 7/2016

Latitude: 37.468591059638
Longitude: -122.4452984333

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.25 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.25
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

29 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground has two great things going for it. It's right above the beach at Half Moon Bay and it's within a mile of the actual town of Half Moon Bay. Beyond that, there are only neutrals to negatives. Very few trees or shade, noise and bother from the day use area; lots of people with little understanding of campground behavior. We will stay here again, but as far from the day use end and the bathrooms as possible. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 47
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

San Benito House in Downtown HMB has fantastic sandwiches and they sell the bread (that they bake on the premises) as well! Excellent used bookstore just off Main and the Ace Hardware just north of Hwy. 92 & Main is awesome! Joe's Family Restaurant south of town on PCH is old school and wonderful. Great wait staff, very good Italian-American food and the dessert cakes and pies are nothing short of amazing. HMB is really a destination city for a vacation.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

They have put electricity into many of the sites. The interior sites are $50/night and the ones facing the beach are $65+ if you can get a reservation. This is a very popular campground and reservations are almost always required and need to be made many, many months in advance. The roads and camping pads are asphalt. The sites have adequate separation although there is little vegatation. It can be very windy here so what your awnings carefully. I wouldn't leave for the day with your awning out and expect to find it still attached to your RV when you get back. I speak from personal and unfortunate experience on this. We always try to stay at this State Beach at the end of our summer RV trip as we head back to Arizona. We have camped here many times and will definitely come again. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Drive over to Millbrae where you can pick up the BART and take it into San Francisco. It costs $2 to park in the BART garage. If you are a senior like me you can purchase a "Senior" pass for the public transportation in SF and take it all over the place. The pass does not work on the trolley.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground now how electricity in most sites. The back row does not have electricity. It's a nice campground with some sites having ocean views. Watch out for the gopher holes! We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We drove to the Colma BART station to go into San Francisco--works well.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Air is often very smoky from fires. You can't hear the ocean when generators are running. I wish they would install electricity at each site or not allow generators. Tends to be very windy. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Parking lot with a great view and beach access. It's always cold and windy here so be prepared. Waves and undertow can be tough on kids. Bring jackets! We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Dry camp only. The beach is 4 miles long and is right there. A easy walk from the campground. Sites 47 through 50 have great views and are not as close together. Generator hours are 10am to 8pm. These hours could be a little bit better. There were showers for a fee, but the park was very busy and we did not use them. Make reservation as we saw many turned away. Hope to stay again. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Great oceanside campground with some sites on bluff directly above beach. If you love the ocean, you will love this campground. Paved path runs for over 4 miles from harbor to north to golf course on south. Hiking, biking, roller blading. etc. only on path. Wide sandy beach runs entire 4 mile stretch. October is great time to visit with pumpkin festival and wonderful weather to enjoy. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is most certainly the best park in the area. Even though it is a standard California State Park with only dry camping, it is much nicer than the “parking-lot” atmosphere of the park by the marina at nearly double the price. All of the sites have a fire ring (need to be emptied) and wood tables. There is plenty of room between sites. Other than the fire rings needing to emptied, the park is well maintained. There are two different price tiers of sites: those next to the ocean for $50 and those 1 or 2 rows away for $35. Many of the $50 sites have their ocean views restricted by a dune or trees and some of the $35 have unobstructed ocean views. The best $35 views are at the southern side of the park, near the day-use area. We were in 48, but 49 and 50 are almost as good. Site 47 is also good, but a tree overhangs the site, and the birds are “active”. There was no issue being next to the day-use area. There is an easily accessed dump station at the park exit. Generator hours are a little tight: off from 8PM to 10AM. A paved walking/bike trail runs next to the park. The path is wide, and there are no significant grades. We biked about 30 minutes south one day and about 40 minutes north the next day. Biking north takes you towards the marina and restaurants. The first restaurant, Miramar Beach Restaurant, is an easy 20-25 minute ride from the park. This might have been the best chowder I have ever had. It’s another 15 or 20 minutes to the marina with several seafood restaurants to choose from. I would have given the park a higher score, but it is hard to go any higher without hook-ups. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

OK State campground. Paved parking sites for motorhome and toad, and reasonably level. Grass between sites was overgrown. Clean restrooms and showers. Great beach access. We would camp here again. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Level, paved sites. Easy maneuvering and a great location. The grass wasn't mowed, which was my only complaint. Easy access to the beach and each campsite had a fire pit with cooking grate that I saw. Very few trees, but that wasn't a distraction for me. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the very few oceanfront campgrounds in California. Many seaside attractions and seaside villages nearby. Wonderful bicycle trail which provides for and 18 miles bicycle ride for the adventurous. Unprotected campsites but spaced fairly well apart. There is no shade but it is not needed anyway. Ocean front camping is always subject to weather and that's part of the experience. Typical California State Park facilities in a non-typical (read: wonderful) setting. Will camp here again ! We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very pleasant campground, large, flat grassy sites with paved parking for two vehicles at each. Convenient to San Francisco Bay Area. Most sites have view of water over a berm. There's about 4 miles of flat beach that comprises the State Beach in total. Walking/biking trails. Dogs allowed on some beaches; check with campground personnel. Very quiet with a wide greenbelt separating campground from residential area. Bring binoculars to catch a glimpse Mavericks giant waves if they're breaking offshore in the distance. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time to Half Moon Bay. We thought the campsite was nice with a view of the ocean. However, we were camped in a motorhome and no generators are allowed between before 10am and after 8pm. So no coffee until after 10am. Probably won't be back. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nightly fee reflects 50% disabled rate. Has level, paved sites with a separate pad for tow vehicle or "dinghy". We had an ocean view site which really exposes you to the wind; but gives a nice sunset view. Close to the town of Half Moon Bay, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and Pacifica. Park was pretty busy, in spite of the pricey nightly rate. We will camp here again, but probably would not if paying the full rate. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful location right on the beach. $15.00 more for beachfront row of sites. Clean site. Paved pad. Nice host on-site. All CA State Campgrounds have jumped in price due to budget crisis, which allows private CGs to raise prices also. Consumer loses. Near charming town of Half Moon Bay - walkable. Nice walking and bike path through park. Would stay here again, although expensive for what you get. Area choices are ALL expensive. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

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