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This stunning slice of the Golden State boasts an unrivaled combination of coastal town friendliness, charm and natural beauty.  Half Moon Bay’s temperate climate makes it a comfortable place to visit year round with average temperatures ranging between 40° F (5° C) and 75° F (24° C). Whether it’s spring when the fields are filled with flowers, summer on the beach, Pumpkin Festival in the fall or a cozy wintertime getaway, Half Moon Bay is alive and in full swing throughout the entire year. 

Beaches

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

The most popular destination for Inn guests is exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve that borders the property.   This San Mateo County park is a draw for many residents and visitors alike to explore tide pools, beautiful walking trails and observe the Harbor Seals in their protected environment (yes, there are seals at Seal Cove Inn!).  Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and will benefit from the knowledge shared by one of the knowledgeable docents who staff the reserve.  Groups of less than 10 may encounter a docent in the park, but it would not be assured.  Please see the following link for more information: http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.org/newffmrsite/


Half Moon Bay State Beach

This four mile stretch of beach kisses the Pacific at the western end of Kelly Street.  The waters bring strong currents in from the north, and swimming is not advised.  We suggest instead that you enjoy the smooth sands for a morning jog, or in the evenings before heading back in to town for a coastal farm-to-table dinner.


Surfer’s Beach

At this roadside favorite for surfers and sand-locked alike, parking is a lot like true love- if you find it, move fast and don't let go! This jetty-side strip of sand will be deep underwater during a high tide but when the old salt is a little further out to sea, it is polka-dotted with bare feet and bottles of sunscreen.  Add some snacks and sit back to watch the surfers, skim boarders, and paddle boarders at play, or, rent your own and join in the fun!


Montara State Beach

Enclosed between dramatic cliffs, this two mile beach features a cave-like area filled with come-and-go tide pools.  Swimming is not recommended but sun yourself, play kickball, and stroll to your heart's content.


Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Named for the gray whales that have been known to make an appearance here, this 800 foot beach is situated off the rocky cliffs just before you reach Montara (driving north from the inn).  Access is via a trail leading from the parking lot.  Keep an eye out for poison oak if you stop to smell the flowers on your way down - wild blue Douglas Iris, golden-yellow buttercups, and bright pink hollyhocks are all abundant in the spring!


Poplar Beach 

At the far end of Poplar Street (just south of Kelly Avenue) you'll find a long, sandy beach is pocketed away with plentiful parking.  This dog-friendly destination is perfect for a game of catch or a run in the sand!


Pescadero State Beach

With a mile of shoreline this popular destination boasts sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities.  Just across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. The Reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes and skunks.

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking

There is an abundance of hiking at nearby state and county parks.  Be sure to talk to our innkeepers for recommendations and further information. 

A small sampling of options include:

  • Purisima Creek Redwoods
  • San Pedro Valley County Park, Pacifica
  • Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park

Bicycling

There are miles of wonderful recreational trails throughout the area.  The inn has 2 bicycles available for use on a complimentary basis, or a local bike rental operation can be contracted to provide bikes for your entire group.  (Rates vary depending on the type of bike, and there is a $20 delivery fee)


Ocean Kayaking

Discover the world of sea kayaking by paddling among seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or the wild waters of the open Pacific near Half Moon Bay.  http://www.hmbkayak.com/


Surfing!

Sign up for surf or paddleboard lessons with the legendary Jeff Clark, labeled one of the world's best big-wave riders.  Surf boards, paddleboard and wetsuit rentals are also available.   http://jeffclarkmavericks.com/rentals-lessons/


Horseback riding

The Sea Horse Ranch has numerous guided trail ride options – as well as the option for a group barbeque.  http://www.seahorseranch.org/


Whale Watching

From December through May, gray whales can be observed a few miles off California’s shore, and whale watchers aboard Oceanic Society’s naturalist-led Whale Watch boats have a unique vantage from which to view this incredible "parade."  Group rates start at $40 per person and include talks by naturalists on gray whales and the conservation efforts which brought them back from near extinction.  The cruises last approximately 3 hours and operate rain or shine.  http://www.oceanicsociety.org/whales-halfmoonbay


Golf

There are numerous world-class golf courses within an hour, and we would be happy to make arrangements for golf outings.


 

Shopping

Wandering downtown Half Moon Bay’s many charming shops and boutiques is an enjoyable way to spend the day.  

Be sure to check out our Pinterest “Explore” Board for more ideas.

 

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