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Reservation Status: Required for Group Site Only Family campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Group site reservable.

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Coastal view of Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Coastal view of Half Moon Bay State Beach
Description - Half Moon Bay State Beach is actually four smaller beaches, with a total of two miles of sandy shore.

The Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance to the Visitor Center is free. The Visitor Center is completely accessible to those with disabilities. Come on in and learn about the exciting world of the beach and experience the cultural history of the Coastside.

Attractions -

Francis Beach has a campground with 55 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Although hookups are not available, there is a dump station.
Venice Beach has outside showers, flush toilets, and a payphone.

Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the four beaches providing close to a three mile stretch to walk, jog or ride bikes. The trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor. A horse trail parallels Coastside Trail from Roosevelt Beach to Francis Beach. While in the state parks, horses are restricted to the designated horse trail and are not permitted on State Beaches.

Please, NO beach fires are allowed.

Dogs are prohibited on the beaches at all times. Dogs are permitted in the campground, in the day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.

Recreation - The park features a trail for horseback riding that runs behind the beach parallel to the ocean frontage. Nearby private stables rent horses for rides along the beach. The beach is a popular location for camping, picnicking, surfing, and surf fishing. Swimming is not advised.

The Ocean - Always use caution when you are in or near the ocean. The ocean water is very cold year round. Even a short swim can cause cramps or hypothermia (a life threatening condition which occurs when your body temperature drops below normal). In addition, strong rip currents can pull even the most experienced swimmers off shore.

Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features. Fireworks are prohibited.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The beach is located one half mile west of Highway One on Kelly Avenue just west of town in Half Moon Bay.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Steve Kelso (San Jose, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: As someone stated before, the camp hosts are beer drinking drunks. All they do is bark orders and stay up all night.

Filed By: Sean Rose (Fremont, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great campsite, but the rangers are like wardens at a jail house. They have to learn to relax and not be so up tight. We come for relaxing, fresh air and pay our camping fees so they have a job. The rangers and the camp host need to be replaced with a fresh new attitude.

Filed By: Dave (San Jose, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to camp but the camp host are drunks and the rangers are not the nicest people around.

Filed By: amy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A really romantic place, me and my lover took a long walk and just sat down on the bench to see the seagull and the white shining sand beach. The most beautiful memory in my life.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: smelly, picturesque but smelly lots of garbage

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: this is the best place if u just want to go camp next to the ocean

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ICON Camping Family campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Contact Information:
Bay Area District Headquarters, 250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 4900 , San Francisco, CA, 94134, Phone: 415-330-6300, Fax: 415-330-6312
, badhq@parks.ca.gov

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
San Francisco Bay Area State Parks, Historic Sites and Beaches - The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredibly diverse experiences. It features Mount Diablo State park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and an array of incredible state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.
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