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Half Moon Bay is a delightful little town by the sea, located west of San Jose and south of San Francisco in northern California. The community was one of the first in the area, and was once known as San Benito and later on, Spanishtown. Half Moon Bay was finally chosen as the permanent name for the town in 1874 and at that point, it was a thriving community with a diverse population from all over the globe.

These days, Half Moon Bay is as charming as ever, with a bevy of historic homes, churches, and other buildings built over a century ago. Remnants of abandoned ghost towns and pristine beaches on the renowned California coastline add to the list of reasons why you should book an RV in Half Moon Bay. With its proximity to several metropolitan centers and lots of incredible nature reserves, it's no wonder why the town is such a popular place to rent an RV. A ride north or south along California Highway 1 is just about the best thing you can do with your Half Moon Bay camper rental to enjoy the Golden State and all of the wonders within.

Outdoors Adventures

California is an extremely outdoor-friendly state to find yourself in on vacation, with countless places to encounter and not nearly enough time to see everything. It is important to plan a strategy for tackling this issue before you arrive in Half Moon Bay to rent an RV because the number of choices can be a bit overwhelming. There are several state parks within a short distance of town that you can visit, like Butano State Park. Butano State Park is home to ancient canyons filled with iconic redwood trees that are endemic to Northern California. There are miles of relaxing hiking trails cutting through the dense forest, and several campgrounds where you can park your Half Moon Bay RV rental by owner. Portola Redwoods State Park is minutes away from Butano State Park and is also home to the majestic redwood trees, widely considered to be the largest trees on Earth. There are many small creeks and waterways in the redwood forest, and some hidden waterfalls you can find when you explore the large reserve. Camping is also an option at this park, as is the case with most state parks in California.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is one of the most well-known in all of California, especially for its legendary stretch of highway along the Pacific coast. The park is nicknamed “little Yosemite” by locals for its ethereal qualities and variety of different ecosystems. You can hike at the park, go for a bike ride, fish, kayak, or go for a swim along the undeveloped beaches. There is a massive lodge that guests can stay at while visiting the park, as well as a campground for you and your Half Moon Bay motorhome rental to rest peacefully at.

Pinnacles National Park might not be too well known just yet, as it is one of the newest established national parks in the US. This little gem of an outdoor area is full of mysterious caves and remnants of a now-extinct volcano. Rock climbers frequent the park to find different routes to climb, from beginners to experts, it makes no difference. There are plenty of other incredible national parks to visit in California, but none are as close as Pinnacles to the small city of Half Moon Bay.

RV Parks to Visit

Part of planning an RV rental vacation involves pinpointing some great campgrounds to visit. Luckily, there are plenty of choices between the state parks and nearby city centers. Half Moon Bay RV Park is one of the places to consider. This park has its own nature trails and private beaches for guests to enjoy.

Pillar Point RV Park has spacious campsites with views of the Pacific Ocean, with all the soothing smells and sounds of the sea. Pelican Point RV Park is also located in Half Moon Bay, with views overlooking the ocean. There is a convenience store on site where you can stock up if you don't feel like driving back to town to shop.

You can stay at any of the state parks south of town in your Half Moon Bay camper rental, or head up to San Francisco and stay at San Francisco RV Resort for a taste of the city life. The resort has a playground, BBQ pits, and a refreshing pool to enjoy.

City Sightseeing

One of the first things you’ll notice when driving through downtown Half Moon Bay is the myriad of small boutiques, classy restaurants, and lots of distilleries and wineries. Artisan alcohol is a way of life in Northern California so many of these local products are proudly on display throughout the area.

There aren't’ a whole lot of attractions to speak of in Half Moon Bay but a drive to any of the neighboring towns yields a flurry of interesting options. The Pulgas Water Temple is an elegant Greek structure reminiscent of the ancient times, with classical columns and white marble. A long pool sits in front of the monument, making for beautiful scenery in photographs.

The San Mateo Japanese Garden is a tranquil park in the heart of downtown San Mateo, with Japanese gazebos, pagodas, and teahouses surrounded by breathtaking plants and flowers. The garden is a serene place to collect your thoughts and meditate. The most unique feature in Half Moon Bay is definitely the Dinosaurs of Spanish Town, a collection of dinosaur statues made from metal. These amazing sculptures are on display for all to see and make for some great photographs too.

RV Rentals in Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Half Moon Bay. Outdoorsy's Half Moon Bay RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Half Moon Bay are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Mount Tamalpais State Park.

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What's around Half Moon Bay, CA


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area Fremont California
Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail Los Gatos California
Dipsea Steep Ravine Matt Davis Loop Trail Stinson Beach California
Berry Creek Falls Trail Boulder Creek California
Lands End Trail San Francisco California
Cataract Falls Trail Fairfax California
Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls Trail Bolinas California
Donner Creek Loop Trail Clayton California
French Trail and Stream Trail Loop via Skyline Blvd Canyon California
Muir Woods Trail Mill Valley California

Nearby Campgrounds

Tradewinds RV Park Of Vallejo

campground Vallejo, CA
The park is conveniently located near to all the popular Bay Area attractions, a day trip away from San Francisco, Napa Valley, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and so many more locations to explore. There are also plenty of local attractions and events such as the Jelly Belly Factory, Budweiser Factory, the Vallejo waterfront, Pirate Festival, and the Solano County Fair. The site is pet friendly and family friendly offering picnic tables, barbeque area, horse shoe pit, bike storage, children?s playground and other amenities. Call ahead for availability with your RV rental stay dates ready.

UC Berkeley

attraction Berkeley, CA
University of California voted as one of the best public universities in the world, is a landmark of Berkeley and it has a classical architectural feel. There is an amazing tower located at the top of the hill, which offers spectacular views of the city. The library is a majestic building and there is a Greek amphitheater, where amazing performances are shown. UC Berkeley also has a dinosaur exhibition with some interesting replicas of tyrrannosarus rex and a teradactyl.

Kirby Cove Campground

campground Sausalito, CA
You'll be camping on a pristine coarse sand beach with views of the San Francisco, its famous Golden Gate Bridge and the rugged Pacific Coast of northern California. Only 8 miles north of downtown San Francisco, and less than 4 miles away from Sausalito. You can hike trails that offer a colorful landscape of Monterrey pines, Cypress, Blue Gum eucalyptus, Coastal sage and Lupine.

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

attraction Berkeley, CA
If you have a passion for botany or nature in general, then this is a mandatory stop. Established in 1890, the Garden, has amassed over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated over 34 acres. It is worthy to note that the garden holds one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States.

Vista Point

attraction None, CA
To enjoy views of the San Francisco bay, skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge make your way over to Vista Point. You can even walk or bike the bridge to take in more panoramic views.

Santa Cruz North Harbor

campground Santa Cruz, CA
Use your RV rental to stay right down by the water. This campground operated by the Santa Cruz marina offers full hookup RV sites with views of the boats at dock. Walk to a whale watching boat charter or bike to one of the great restaurants or shops in the area. Make sure your RV rental is all self contained and book in advance for this popular location.

Vallejo Mobile Home Community and RV Park

campground Vallejo, CA
The park has a community feeling which will make you feel at home. It is located within 30 miles of Napa Valley, but is also close to family friendly venues such as the NASCAR races at the famous Infineon Raceway and Six Flag's Discovery Kingdom, one of the Bay Area's most popular theme park attractions. The Vallejo Park is walking distance from shopping centers and a short drive to the Vallejo Transit Center and Ferry Terminal.

Marine Mammal Center

attraction None, CA
A rescue center that has treated over 20,000 marine mammals such as the elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. You can come and support their work by taking a tour and getting to know the science behind the animals? distress, how the center helps them recover and learn about marine wildlife in general.

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Included with fee if you stay there. $10 if you are not camping at the beach.

Jan 18, 2018