At the Half Moon Bay State Beach, visitors can camp, fish, swim, surf and even try horseback riding on the trail…More above the beach. Located west of Highway 1, the four-mile beach has three parking lots that each give access to a different section: Francis Beach, Venice Beach and Dunes Beach. During weekends and holidays, a lifeguard is on duty.
A visitor center is open on weekends. Campers should make advance reservations by contacting Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275), or online at www.reserveamerica.com. Fires, fireworks and dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time.
For those who don't want to leave Fido behind -- or would like to have the beach experience without getting sand between their toes -- it's possible to catch panoramic views from the picnic tables and the campgrounds.
Another option is walking, biking or running along the Coastside Trail, which overlooks the waves for an additional three-mile stretch. There's a generous smattering of benches, too. But be careful before setting out that picnic spread: Low-flying seagulls are plentiful.
Miramar Beach Restaurant 131 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA94019 The Miramar Beach Restaurant is a steak and seafood eatery with a full bar. The restaurant offers extensive lunch and…More dinner menus that feature appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and steak and seafood entrees. Sunday brunch is served from 11am to 3pm. The restaurant hosts private parties and weddings in its main dining room, bar and lounge and on the outdoor, heated patio.
Douglas Beach House 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA94019 The Douglas Beach House is a historic jazz and classical music venue hidden away on Miramar beach. Started by Pete…More Douglas in the late 1950s, this accidental jam session/beat hangout has slowly evolved into one of the premier places that you've never heard of to hear world class music.
Having presented the likes of Etta James and Duke Ellington, Pete Douglas knows his stuff. "I was, and still am, on a musical adventure..." he says of his life and business.
The Douglas Beach House is located a few miles north of central Half Moon Bay. Through the nonprofit organization The Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, the club hosts musical events on Sunday afternoons. The Douglas Beach House is also available for private events and weddings.