Francis Beach, otherwise known as the main hub of Half Moon Bay State Beach, is located on 95 Kelly Avenue. This Half Moon Bay beach is often frequented by people wanting to stay overnight and experience the color changes of the environment. There are tent and RV campsites, with electric hookups if you wish to use them. You can soak in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while you relax at your campsite with friends and family.
Francis Beach also has a nice verdant grassy park where visitors can make use of the many picnic tables and barbecue stations/grills available on the site. This beach is one of the most popular ones, so you can expect crowds of people.
4. Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach awaits your arrival just south of Half Moon Bay Downtown. This is one of the Half Moon Bay beaches that adheres to the adventurous spirit of its visitors. You will come across many trails perfect for exploring, eroded bluffs along the long sandy beach, and a reef for tide-pooling. This area is also quite convenient, as you can walk to Half Moon Bay State Beach if you wish to explore more beaches.
Right behind Redondo Beach is where you’ll find the Wavecrest Open Space, the single most important site for wintering raptors on the San Mateo Coast. As birdwatchers know, this is an amazing place to catch our avian fellows in their natural habitat, like Northern harriers, white-tailed kites, and American kestrels. If you’re planning a weekend in Redondo Beach, you can expect to indulge in outdoor activities on the Wavecrest Trail like horseback riding, hiking, and dog walking.
5. Dunes Beach
Dunes Beach is one of the northern beaches of Half Moon Bay State Beach. It is accessible from Highway 1 via Younge Avenue and awaits your arrival with miles of soft sand. This Half Moon Bay Beach is one of the less crowded ones within the city, which makes parking spaces easier to come by as well. Once you park your vehicles, there are multiple sandy trails to choose from that lead to the beach. The California Coastal Trail is also right behind the parking lot if you wish to get active and either hike, bike or ride a horse.
North of the access is where you will see the beach’s namesake dunes; an interesting sight in a coastal area, as dunes are usually associated with the dry desert.
6. Venice State Beach