Half Moon Bay State Park
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Half Moon Bay State Park Photos
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Half Moon Bay State Beach is a beautiful place. It's actually comprised of four beaches- Roosevelt, Dunes, Venice and Francis Beaches. The shoreline is a total of 4 miles.
We spent the afternoon at Venice Beach and loved it. Half Moon Bay is notoriously foggy and cold, even in the summer. But we were fortunate to visit on a glorious day in early October.
From the harbor at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay arcs southward. The four miles of beach begin here and end south at the golf links. The eroded cliffs and low dunes form a backdrop to the white, sandy beach.
There is a Coastside Trail which runs along the eastern boundary of the four beaches. It is a close to three mile multiuse pathway open to cyclists and walkers. From what I've read the trail is a better bike ride than walk. It's function it to connect the four beaches and it does that very well. Other than that it isn't very interesting.
There are three parking and beach access points: 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; and Dunes Beach at the end of Young Avenue off Highway 1.
The visitor's center and campground area are located at Francis Beach. Be aware that dogs are not allowed on the beach, but are permitted on the trail, in day use areas and at the campgrounds.