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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Contact Information

(650) 726-8819

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 40 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 40 Feet

Park Hours


Driving Directions to Half Moon Bay SB

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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps


Half Moon Bay State Beach campground (also known as Francis Beach campground) is currently closed for an improvement project to add electrical hookups to 40 of the campsites.

The campground is scheduled to reopen on April 1st barring any delays in the improvement project.

We are working with the utility company on the schedule for energizing the pedestals in the 40 sites that will have hookups.  If power is not available at the designated sites when the campground opens, reservation holders will be notified and partial refunds will be issued if campers paid rates for electrical hookups.  Basic rates will remain at $35 and $50 per night. When power is available, hookup sites will be $50 and $65 per night; sites without hookups will be $35 per night.

No new reservations will be taken for the month of April until the campground reopens. When the campground reopens the remaining available sites for April will reopen for Reserve America reservations.

Reservations for May 2015 and beyond will be available on the regular Reserve America schedule.

Coastal Wildflower Day- Saturday, April 11

Saturday April 11, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate California Native Plant week and enjoy fun activities for all ages!

  • Guided wildflower walks
  • Games and crafts for kids
  • State Park native plant restoration
  • Native plants for sale

Bike or walk in for FREE! Parking is $10.
Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

For more information check
or call Jessie at (650) 726-8819

View the event flyer

Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.

PLEASE NOTE:  Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground is now on the reservation system. Campsite reservations must be made through Reserve America by calling 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or through their website at

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.

The major weather pattern for Half Moon Bay is fog in the summer; crisp, clear days in the fall and spring; and wet, windy winters. Temperatures are moderate with the summer highs in the mid 60s and winter lows in the mid 40s. Summer fog is most common in the mornings and evenings.

The Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is open Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission 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. 

Francis Beach has a campground with 52 individual sites, some suitable for tent camping, others for trailers or recreational vehicles. Although hookups are not available, there is a dump station. 
Coin-operated hot showers are also available.
(approximately 2 minutes per quarter)

Venice Beach
has outside showers and flush toilets.

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.
Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

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.

Permits are required for all events and weddings.  For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.

Available Activities and Facilities at Half Moon Bay State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible