Campground Quick Facts
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Hook-ups: Some sites now have electric (check map when reserving)
Drinking/Fill Water: Yes
Beach Sites: Yes, some right on the beach, others with great views
Privacy: Not very much-typical beach camping in California
Camp Store: There was a Visitor Center but it was closed during our visit
Restrooms: Yes- flush toilets, very clean!
Showers: Yes (coin)
Reserve-ability: Very difficult to get reservations. Reserve on reserveamerica as soon as possible (6 months in advance is the earliest possible).
RV Crazy Tips: Some of the beach sites looked amazing! I would try to reserve one of those if possible. It's very foggy in the mornings, but often clears up in the afternoon. Wear layers.
Special Features: Huge expanses of sandy beach with crashing waves. Picturesque little town with cute beach houses. Bike trails near the beach, great for kids since there is no motorized traffic allowed. Grasslands with wildflowers near the campgrounds. We saw horseback riders there while we visited. The kids loved that!
My Rating: 7 out of 10 (10 out of 10 if you can book spots # 16 or 17!) (beautiful beach, but pretty crowded even in off-season, and little to no privacy)
The Man's Rating: 5 out of 10 (pretty exposed)
Kid Rating: 2 out of 10 (pretty cold, windy, there wasn't that much room between parking area and water)
Half Moon Bay State Beach is beach camping for Northern California. Right off Highway 1, it is very pretty, but has some traffic issues. We were stuck on the freeway both coming and going to the campground for quite some time. Very frustrating to say the least. But the park itself was gorgeous with clean sand and crashing waves. The water looked very clean with super white foamy waves. The weather was cool and foggy in the morning, but warmed up by afternoon. Restrooms were very clean and well-maintained.
Here are some photos from our trip to Half Moon Bay:
|One of my favorite looking spots. The beach is right over that slight hill. Can you say, "Private Beach?"|
|Another nice beach spot with added privacy and a wind block. Too bad it was reserved!|
|Drive by photography of another great beach spot.|
|The kids had fun in the sand despite the chilly weather. Of course some kids were swimming, without wetsuits! Probably visitors escaping the Polar Vortex and thinking this was a heat wave.|