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). There is simply no bad time to visit. In spring, the fields are filled with flowers. In summer, sun yourself on the beach. In autumn, enjoy the Pumpkin Festival. As a wintertime getaway, Half Moon Bay is alive and in full swing.


Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

The most popular activity for inn guests is exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and beach that borders the property. This San Mateo County park is a draw for many residents and visitors alike. Here you can explore tide pools, beautiful walking trails and observe the harbor seals in their protected environment (yes, there are seals at Seal Cove Inn)! For a formal tour, reservations are required for groups of 10 or more – all will benefit from the knowledge shared by one of the docents who staff the reserve. 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 stroll in the same during the evening before heading back in to town for a coastal farm-to-table dinner.

Surfer’s Beach

At this roadside favorite for the surfer-savvy 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 footprints. Bring 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! Our As You Wish concierge service can help with rentals.

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 feel free to 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 hidden away with plentiful parking. This destination is a favorite of dog owners and perfect for a game of catch or a run in the sand!

Pescadero State Beach

With an entire 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



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


A small sampling of hiking options include:


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


There are miles of wonderful recreational trails throughout the area. The inn has two 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/


Sign up for surf or paddleboard lessons with the legendary local Jeff Clark, rumored to be 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


There are numerous world-class golf courses within ten minutes to an hour’s drive and we would be happy to make arrangements for golf outings.


Wandering through downtown Half Moon Bay’s many charming shops and boutiques is an enjoyable way to spend the day. You’re sure to find treasures you won’t see anywhere else. 

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



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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