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Half Moon Bay State Beach lures sunseekers with golden sand, gorgeous seascapes, and some of the best surf breaks in North America. It's one of the most popular beach destinations in the Bay Area, with locals and visitors alike flocking to enjoy this slice of California. Four pristine beaches ensure there's plenty of space to relax and soak up the sunshine. Join the crowds at Francis Beach, where picnic tables, grilling stations, and restrooms make it easy to spend a day in the sunshine. For a quieter beach scene, escape to secluded stretches of sand like Roosevelt or Dunes.

Planning a getaway to California's Central Coast? Book an RV in San Mateo County and you'll enjoy the freedom to beach-hop at your own pace. At just 30 miles south of the Golden Gate City, Half Moon Bay State Beach is eternally popular with San Franciscans looking to escape the urban buzz. It's also a top destination for road-trippers cruising along the California Coast. Whether you're planning a weekend beach getaway or a long-distance adventure, San Francisco campers are a great way to discover the America the Beautiful.

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Beaches are the main draw at Half Moon Bay, with four postcard-perfect stretches of sand to enjoy. On the northern border, Roosevelt Beach is fringed by grass-covered dunes. The adjoining Dunes Beach is hemmed in by sandstone bluffs, with steep sandy trails leading down to the ocean. Venice Beach welcomes you with a wide stretch of sand and plenty of space to lay down your towel and picnic blanket. To the south, Francis Beach is the most developed of the four, overlooked by a grassy blufftop dotted with picnic tables and barbecues. The wide sandy beach is a great place to sunbathe and build sandcastles. Due to strong riptides and big waves, swimming isn't recommended at any of the beaches.

The Coastside Trail stretches for three miles along the Half Moon Bay State Beach and showcases stunning coastal scenery. It's a great place to stretch your legs, ride your bike, or walk your dog. Stay on the trail and you'll end up at Pillar Point, home to the legendary Maverick’s surf break. In winter, the monster waves can top out at more than 60 feet.

Open on weekends, the Half Moon Bay State Beach Visitor Center is a great introduction to the area. Inside, you'll find exhibits on local wildlife, including the endangered western snowy plovers that like to feed at the water's edge. The state beach runs a great line-up of events and activities throughout the year, including Junior Rangers Programs and guided bird walks.

Camping at Half Moon Bay State Beach

RV camping at Half Moon Bay State Beach offers a unique chance to fall asleep to crashing waves and wake up to fresh Pacific Ocean breezes. Motorhome camping is available at Francis Beach, where you'll find 52 sites with picnic tables and fire rings. The campground is set on a grassy blufftop and commands sweeping views over the ocean. Some sites offer electrical hookups while others cater to off-the-grid campers.

Sites at Francis Beach can accommodate motorhome rentals of up to 40 feet long, making it a great choice for small to medium-sized rigs. There are no water and sewer hookups, but you'll have access to a dump station. There's also a water filling station to keep you hydrated. Like most state park RV campgrounds, Half Moon Bay offers modern bathroom blocks with hot showers and coin-operated hot showers. Pets are welcome in the campground, day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, but aren't allowed on the beaches. Be sure to keep your pup leashed during your Half Moon Bay State Beach camping adventure.

Exploring the Area

Camping at Half Moon Bay State Beach is a great excuse to explore San Mateo County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The coast is dotted with postcard-perfect beaches where you can peer into colorful tide pools, paddleboard in the shallows, and test your skills on a surfboard. This stretch of coastline also boasts some of the best whale-watching opportunities in North America. Head up the coast to Gray Whale Cove State Beach for a chance to spot migrating whales breaching just offshore.

A 40-minute drive down the coast, Ano Nuevo State Park gets you up close with enormous elephant seals. Head inland and you can explore scenic trails of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, home to some of the tallest trees on the planet. For gas, grub, and other motorhome camping supplies, head to the Half Moon Bay town center. It's anchored by a historic Main Street where you'll find cozy cafes, farm-to-table restaurants, and independent boutiques. Visit in fall and you could catch the famous Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.

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