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Appreciate the Beauty of Half Moon Bay through these Pinterest Posts

 Half Moon Bay is known with wonderful views, beautiful sunset and a best place for ocean viewing. This place will surely give you a unique opportunity to embrace the gorgeous places. Below are some of the top Pinterest posts for Half Moon Bay that will make you recommend to someone who is considering a relaxed vacation, looking for special events venue and sightseeing.

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A wedding photo held at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course. – from Portrait Design by Shanti

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The breath taking view of Pescadero Beach originally published in www.amyglaze.com.

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Beautiful sunset at Half Moon Bay by Chris Gin

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Another perfect cliff view from Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

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Colorful Half Moon Bay coast side at night – originally posted in halfmoonbaychamber.org

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms, a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

For online reservations, click here. You may also call us at (800) 886-6997.

TOP 3 Tourists Spot in Half Moon Bay via TripAdvisor

The city of Half Moon Bay rests on the Pacific Coast in one of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. It is located approximately 28 miles south of San Francisco which make it one of the favorite tourist destination in the Bay Area.

If you are touring Half Moon Bay for the first time, read on…because you are about to discover the gems in this city.

TripAdvisor has listed top 30 tourist destination in Half Moon Bay and today we will uncover the TOP 3.

1. Half Moon Bay State Beach

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This photo was originally published in TripAdvisor

If you are into picnicing, fishing and sunbathing this is could be the best beach for you. It has four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out perfect for lounging or beach bumming.

Location/Directions
The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 with 3 parking lots in the City of Half Moon Bay. The three parking and beach access points are below:

Francis Beach, at the end of Kelly Avenue in the City of Half Moon Bay.
Venice Beach, at the end of Venice Boulevard off Highway 1.
Dunes Beach at the end of Young Avenue off Highway 1.

Learn More About the Half Moon Bay State Beach Here

2. Mavericks

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This photo was originally published in Wikipedea

Mavericks is one of the best surfing location in North California. It has been favorited by a lot of professional surfers. The beach stretches for about 2 miles just reaching Pillar Point Harbor. Many of the world’s best big wave surfers would visit Mavericks during the winter season and challenge the massive waves which can crest at 25 feet and reach up to 80 feet. Not every skilled surfer can become big wave surfer. This is an entire class of riders that take on the most challenging of waves in Maverick, Half Moon Bay. As a matter of fact, the big wave competition at Mavericks is an invitational event and only the most daring surfers accept the risk and challenge of riding such big waves. The great waves are caused by the unique underwater rock formation and needless to say, this is not the ideal place for beginners.

Learn More About Mavericks Here

3. Pescadero Beach

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Pescader means “a place to fish” in Spanish.

Pescadero Beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities.

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Photo was originally published in TripAdvisor

Location/Directions
The beach is located 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway One.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended clothing
The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Facilities/Activities
Dogs are prohibited on the beach and in the Natural Preserve at all times. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.

Learn More About Pescadero Beach Here

Need a room to stay in Half Moon Bay? Checkout Harbor View Inn.

See How to Enjoy Half Moon Bay through Instagram Posts

Summer is almost here, but a lot of locals and tourists has been already taking advantage of enjoying Halfmoon Bay spring love. We hand picked top 5 best photos shot in Halfmoon Bay shared via Instagram.

1. Fishing is the name of the Game:

Didn’t get any myself, but these two got one! ~80 pulls #salmonfishing #saltlife #salmon #fishermenneverlie #newcaptainpete #hmb #halfmoonbay #pillarpointharbor #girlsfishtoo #girlwhofish #fisherwoman #fishing #fishingtrip #salmontrolling #oceanfishing

This photo from @fishermenneverlie is undeniably showing so much fun!

2. Travel in Style

Half moon Bay with family #weekend #lunch #americanlife #halfmoonbay #hotel #Ritzcarlton #withfamily

@elaine_yuling_liao is definitely looking gorge and fashionable in this photo.

3. MUST eat seafood.

#seafood lovely restaurant!! #Halfmoonbay #Saturday #summer #family

 

@yingyyz sure know how to spend the weekend 🙂

4. Water view is LOVE!

My favorite #nature walk along the bluffs overlooking #Mavericks in #HalfMoonBay #California

 

Can we all agree that @outdoorfashionista to experience such a lovely place?

5. Can’t forget about the coffee.

#Latte #coffee #arataicafe #halfmoonbay ☕

 

 

Who doesn’t love coffee? Well there might be some. But isn’t @michelleholtzhausen to be in Halfmoon bay and enjoy coffee too?

Share you Halfmoon Bay expereice with us! Visit our Facebook Page here and share your photos!

Disclaimer: Hello Halfmoon Bay does not own any of the photos posted here. All photos were from Instagram and were linked from top-hashtags.com.

Beaches in Half Moon Bay To Visit

There are many beautiful beaches in Northern California, and that includes the beaches of Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay offers a long stretch of beautiful shorelines, spectacular marine protected areas, and picturesque settings for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking.

Without further ado, here’s our list of beaches to drop by, relax and explore.

1. The Half Moon Bay State Beach

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The Half Moon Bay State Beach is four-mile long stretch of sun, sand and protected beaches in the state of California. From north to south, this broad beach comprises Roosevelt, Dunes, Venice, and Francis Beaches.

The Half Moon Bay State Beach is a popular place for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. It’s an ideal place to take your family for a little R&R. For those who want to be one with nature a little longer than a day’s visit, there is a campground that provides accommodation. For more information about the campground availability and rates, please click here.

2. Poplar Beach

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For the dog lovers, Poplar Beach is the place to be with your furry best friend!

Located at the end of Poplar Street west of State Route 1, Poplar Beach is a ‘POPuLAR’ dog park in Half Moon Bay. The entry to the beach area can be a little steep, just wear the right kind of shoes or slippers if you’re planning to go there.

Dogs should be on-leash and the beach is close to a residential area so there are no fireworks or beach fires allowed. Poplar beach is open until sunset and is free to the public.

3. Pescadero State Beach

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The Pescadero State Beach is a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities. Pescadero means “the place to fish” in Spanish and it is indeed a great place to go fishing. Take note though that a California State fishing license is required.

Unlike the Poplar Beach, dogs are prohibited here at all times. Visitors are also asked to refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.

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.

4. Gray Whale Cove State Beach

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Gray Whale Cove State Beach is also known as the ‘Devil’s Slide’ for its surrounding cliffs that drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean.

This is a small but beautiful white sand beach that is a bit secluded, great place to go sunbathing especially on the months of April and May. There is also a small picnic area on the beach but beach fires are not allowed. Dogs can be brought but must strictly be on a leash.

5. Pomponio State Beach

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Located 12 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1, Pomponio State Beach showcases miles of gently sloping, sandy beaches at the base of high sandstone bluffs.

This coastal strip is open to the public on a day-use basis. There are picnic and parking facilities available and awesome hiking trails.

Camping and dogs are strictly not allowed here.

6. San Gregorio State Beach

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San Gregorio State Beach  includes a protected, driftwood-strewn estuary at the back of a wide, sandy beach – with grassy bluffs along the coast. This beach has been identified as potential nesting habitat for the endangered (official status “threatened”) Western Snowy Plover and the estuary is home to many birds and small animals.

Dogs and camp fires are prohibited on the beach at all times.

7. San Gregorio Nude Beach

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Not to be confused with San Gregorio State beach, San Gregorio Nude Beach is located north of the main beach and is a private property. It is the country’s oldest nude beach.

Since the area is privately-owned, there is an admission charge and a parking fee. There are driftwood structures near the beach and if you see a T-shirt hanging on a pole, it means the site is “occupied.”

The two-mile stretch of soft sand, caves cliffs, and driftwood is great for surf fishing, tide pooling. Swimming is not recommended in the vicinity.

If it’s your first time to stay at a nude beach, please take some time to read this Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines.

 

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay? Come and stay with us here in Harbor View Inn. Located right across the street from the beautiful California Coast and close to many attractions in Northern California, this is the Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite, comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms,  a free continental breakfast each morning before you go out on your adventure, and more!

For online reservations, click here. You may also call us at (800) 886-6997.

 

8 Things to Do in San Francisco to Enjoy With the Family

December is the perfect time to visit San Francisco if you want to escape blizzards and the biting, cold snow. Luxury holiday time in San Francisco can be spent shopping around the quirky boutiques in town or dining in scrumptious restaurants, but more importantly it can be spent enjoying the different notable spots that keep their doors open and the merriment level set to high this Holiday season!

Here are some of the things to do and places to go with your family this Christmas Day.

1. Go Ice Skating

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True, you can’t expect to see snow on the ground here in San Francisco, but there are ice skating rinks downtown if you want to show off your triple axels on Christmas Day. Drop by for some gliding fun in the ice skating rinks of Yerba Buena Gardens, the Embarcadero Center and Union Square.

2. Visit the San Francisco Zoo

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Experience the Reindeer Romp at the San Francisco Zoo from Nov. 17 through Jan. 1. The kids will especially enjoy the four cute reindeer while the parents delight in the low-cost, family friendly fun. Take a little side trip to the beach afterwards which is located just right across the zoo.

On Sloat Blvd. at the Great Highway, San Francisco.

3. Relax in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens Society at Strybing Arboretum

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Stroll through New Zealand, the Mediterranean or the Central American rain forests in the middle of the city! What a great treat for your cold feet!

Located at the Golden Gate Park, near the corner of Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way.

4. Union Street Fantasy of Lights

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Add some more magic to your Christmas with Union Street Fantasy of Lights event where ponies dressed as reindeer, a horse-drawn carriage and costumed characters cruise the main drag of Cow Hollow. Kids will enjoy balloons, cupcakes, photo taking with Santa, face painting and thousands of sparkling holiday lights.

On Union Street between Van Ness and Steiner, San Francisco.

5. The Great Union Street Holiday Elf Hunt

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Don’t miss out this from Dec.5 to Dec.12. Participating merchants will be hiding a toy elf in their stores for people to find. If found, participants can write that store’s Elf name on a card and be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card! Want to join? Download the Elf Hunt Map here.

6. SantaCon

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Play dress up as Santa (or as a creative interpretation of him) or one of his sidekicks and join the mass pub crawl through the city during the SantaCon. Hoho ho! Click here for more information and guidelines about the event.

Keep posted for the announcement of the starting location here.

7. Lighted Boat Parade

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The holidays are the perfect time to visit Fisherman’s Wharf as more than 60 boats festooned in lights and holiday decorations parade along the waterfront. Join the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and the St. Francis Yacht Club as they present the oldest and largest lighted holiday boat parade on San Francisco Bay. Click here for more information.

Boats start off of Pier 39, go west past Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason, turn around at Crissy Field and head back.

8. Holiday Caroling on Union Street

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Sing along Christmas carols on Saturday December 19 at 1 pm as the Caroling Stroll occur up and down Union Street. Refreshments are served at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin afterwards.

On 2325 Union Street (at Steiner Street).

Enjoy the Holidays with all this fun and (mostly) free events in San Francisco! See you there!

Need a place to stay for Christmas in Half Moon Bay? Stay with us here at Harbor View Inn, the perfect Half Moon Bay hotel for you! Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite and wake up each morning to a free continental breakfast before you go out to attend all these Holiday events. Book with us here or contact us at 650-726-2329.

7 Travel Hacks for the Christmas Holiday

We love going to places during the Christmas holidays. Mostly because it’s the perfect time for a little rest and relaxation, and because Christmas just makes us want to be with our family. It is undeniable, however, that while we are looking forward for a relaxing break we are not so excited about the stress that comes along with travelling. Holiday travel might be associated with a whole lot of nail-biting and clenched teeth, but it doesn’t have to be like this anymore. Here’s a list of our favorite travel hacks to make travelling a little easier this year.

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1. Enjoy Package Deals

Packaging up your airfare and hotel reservations is like hitting two birds with one stone. Plus, you’ll be able to save more cash. Throw in a car rental to your travel bundle and other whatnot you think is useful while on vacation. There are many travel bundle promos offered online that offer flexible package deals.

2. Make Early Hotel Reservations

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It’s a fact that hotel prices hike way up during the holidays. Be alert for early Christmas promo offers and book early (READ: a few months early).

3. Bring a Scarf

Bring your favorite scarf. It will be your best friend whilst you are travelling. Whether you use it as a blanket, wear it as a fashion accessory, or roll it up like a pillow, a cozy scarf is a versatile travel item for holiday travel.

4. Wear Comfortable Clothing

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No, don’t slip on your 5-inch heels just yet. Save it for the family Christmas party. Wear your most comfortable flat shoes instead.

5. Attach a Ribbon to your suitcase

Unless your suitcase is custom-made, there is always some other guy with the same black suitcase as yours. So save yourself the hassle of picking up the wrong suitcase. Attach a bright colored ribbon or sticker to your suitcase to make it stand out.  That way it’ll be literally calling you from a mile away on the airport conveyor belt.

6. Roll your Clothes

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Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will not only save you space, it saves your clothes from getting super wrinkly too.

6. Protect Fragile Items in your Suitcase with a Sock

Placing fragile or breakable items inside a sock when packing will ensure that they arrive at your destination in one piece.

7. Photocopies

Make copies of your passport, plane tickets, birth certificate, health insurance and hotel booking information before you leave and stash them in your carry on so you can access them easily if urgently needed.

 

Do you have any travel tips or hacks to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Need a place to stay in Half Moon Bay for the holiday? Make a reservation with us here or give us a call (800) 886-6997. Enjoy the breath taking view of the Pacific Ocean near Pillars Point from every suite. We offer comfortable single king, single queen and double queen rooms as well as a newly remodeled single king and single queen rooms in order to accommodate your needs in Half Moon Bay. See you soon!

 

5 Places to Visit in Half Moon Bay

The charming little town called Half Moon Bay is a haven of many inexpensive activities and tourist attractions. Here’s our own personal list of things you shouldn’t miss while staying in Half Moon Bay.

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1. Half Moon Bay State Beach

The Half Moon Bay Beach is a four-mile stretch of beach that kisses the Pacific Ocean. It is a great place for awesome activities such as horseback riding and whale watching.

2. Mystic Gifts

Relive the days of fairies and dragons as you stop over Mystic Gifts — “Where Women Feel Beautiful And Children Delight in Fairy Tales”. The charming store displays assorted magical and mystical items such as fairies, mermaids, angels, scented candles, and crystals.

3. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Warm your night with seasonal ales from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. The place also offers a lot of sumptuous meals like fish and chips, fish tacos, and burgers!

4. Lemos Family Farm

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Vacationing with your little ones? Lemos Family Fatrm is the place to be! This darling little farm is perfect for children. Pony rides, train rides and other fun stuff for kids are available here. Since Summer has just ended and Fall has begun, you should know that the farm hosts a great Halloween On the Farm pumpkin patch and their famous Scare Zone, and during the Winter the farm turns into a Holiday Wonderland!

5. Coastside Books

A haven for bookworms, Coastside Books offers a carefully edited selection of current fiction, biography, history, science and nature, spiritual books and Children’s literature. Find great books at bargain prices and send out artsist-made cards to family and friends from Coastide Books.

 

School is Back for the Kids, The Perfect Time for a Little Couple Getaway in Half Moon Bay  

 

School is fast approaching and children are busy preparing for school. Ah, no doubt busy children mean a bit more time for you and your partner. What better way to spend some extra time than to frolic around a white foamy beach away from the noisy city? Half Moon Bay would be the perfect place for you and your other half to pop your umbrella and lie around lazily in the sand.

The well-renowned Halprinceton-by-the-sea-pillar-point-trail-3b480f Moon Bay is a mere 45 minutes away from San Francisco. It is a picturesque enclave where you may enjoy the lively view of the ocean, treat yourselves with delicious delicacies offered by classy restaurants, experience different kinds of wines from local wineries and take a glance at local art galleries in the historic section. Indulge your romantic feelings by strolling around the area on a horseback ride along a crescent-shaped coast.

For those who are more of the outdoorsy type, the place is an excellent place to stretch your sore muscles — take a hike or paddle a kayak. Half Moon Bay is also popular with families. It is an ideal place to take your family out to enjoy the view of the bay. The children will enjoy the beach, tide pooling and train ride at the Lemos Farm while the grownups enjoy the wining and dining, and the relaxing ambience of the frothy ocean.

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If you are seeking for a quiet yet fun and adventurous time away from the city, Half Moon Bay is the place to be!

Golfing in Half Moon Bay

Let’s Go Golfing in Half Moon Bay

Life in the concrete jungle can be very stressful. It’s the pollution, the endless traffic, and sometimes the people make it taxing. We can’t blame some people if they look for a weekend with the nature, away from the city lights and traffic jams after a demanding week-long work. Sometimes, spending time in the great outdoors can help you remove your mind from the day to day worries. What could be the best way to spend time with nature while feeling the heat of the sunshine and the air caressing your cheeks? Golf. Try it.

Who wouldn’t know Tiger Woods, considered one of the golf’s greatest players ever? Align with the equally the best Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, and Bobby Jones to name a few. Over the years, they have proven themselves to earn a spot in the history of golf. One thing is for sure, these legends started to be just struggling golfers. But with practice and motivation, they were able to climb their way up. What is so gripping about golf that people are engross with this sport?

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People find it emotionally refreshing when they hit the holes of golf. This often provides a way for them to temporarily forget their problems and not think of the difficult situations they face. Moreover, golf can be a great means to build friends and create social business contacts. People love the companionship this sport creates. Entrepreneurs, professionals and yuppies that ended up having business relationships mostly started as golf buddies and friends.

Golf is a relaxing way to spend it with loved ones and friends. Talk about life, your future plans and what’s going on in each other’s lives with much treasured friends and loved ones while enjoying golf and the view. It’s just perfect. Furthermore, some people just love the sport and the challenge it poses to every golfer. Just try to get yourself into a good setup, check your ball position and posture and make a relaxed swing all the way to a full finish.

These and all are just a few of the many reasons why people get hooked with this sport. This isn’t really a rich man’s game. Age, sex, and economic status will never be an issue in golf.

Here’s a rundown of the best golf courses in the Half Moon Bay, California area.

Crystal Spring Golf Course
This 18-hole course facility in Burlingame, California features 6,515 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.7 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Rye grass. Designed by Herbert Fowler, the Crystal Springs golf course opened in 1924. CourseCo, Inc. manages this facility, with Steve Bratcher as the General Manager.

For more information visit or call:

6650 Golf Course Dr
Burlingame, CA 94010-6543
United States
P: (650) 342-4188
F: (650) 342-1769
http://www.playcrystalsprings.com

Stanford University Golf Course
This 18-hole course facility in Stanford, California features 6,778 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 73.4 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Rye grass. Designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, the Stanford University golf course opened in 1930. Russ Vandersluis manages the course as the General Manager.

For more information visit or call:

198 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
United States
P: (650) 724-0944
F: (650) 323-0995
http://www.stanfordgolfcourse.com

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