Explore Half Moon Bay Activities
There are many reasons why Half Moon Bay is such an appealing Northern California coast destination. Fresh seaside air, pastoral country roads and breathtaking coastline is just the beginning of what makes Half Moon Bay so special.
Recreation opportunities include championship-level golf, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, nature preserves and trails, superb dining and unique shopping.
Half Moon Bay Arts
Bach Music Society
The Douglas Beach House is a celebrated oceanfront live music club on Miramar Beach. It is home to the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a non-profit that presents Sunday afternoon Jazz and Classical music. Performances have been running since 1964. It’s hard to beat great live music and an ocean view! Performances are on Sundays from 4:30 to 7 with intermission. There is food and beverage available during intermission. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Coastal Repertory Theater
The Coastal Repertory Theater has been producing shows for 22 years. Coastal Rep produces a musical, five dramas and a community talent show every season. You can buy tickets online at their web site, as well as over the phone at (650) 569-3266.
Half Moon Bay Dining
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a warm, friendly oceanfront restaurant and brew pub situated on Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-Sea, a charming beach town just four miles north of Half Moon Bay. The restaurant, which features live music and dancing with a picturesque ocean view, reflects the areaÂ´s unique coastal lifestyle where both locals and visitors interact and take part in the fun.” Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located near famous Mavericks surf break, home to some of the worldÂ´s toughest & most dangerous big wave surfing, as well as the annual Mavericks Surf Competition. Relax on their patio and enjoy their delicious brews and food while taking in a spectacular section of the Pacific Ocean. Another bonus: All seafood served at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is certified as ‘Seafood WATCH safe’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so you know that what you order is designated as sustainable and environmentally heathy.
Miramar Beach Restaurant
The Miramar Beach Restaurant is just a few blocks off the water and offers amazing waterfront dining. They also have music on Saturday evenings and Sunday, as well as a delicious Sunday brunch. Check out their entertainment calendar for Half Moon Bay Music.
Half Moon Bay Recreation
Travel a quick 2 miles up the coast from our Half Moon Bay inn to the Fitzgerald Marine reserve & tide pools. Located at Moss Beach, scientists have uncovered remains of aquatic life here from 2-5 million years ago. Explore the fascinating life that takes shape in the shallows of the ocean: blue-green anemones, coralline algae and more.
After a colorful history of entrepreneurs and recreation facilities, Moss beach became a reserve in 1969.
The Marine reserve is open during daylight hours, although the majority of tide life is not visible unless the tide is low. So grab a tide chart at Pillar Point Harbor, or a boating or fishing shop.
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
Half Moon Bay Golf Links, a few minutes from our Half Moon Bay inn, has two world renowned courses, “The Traditional”, designed by Arnold Palmer in 1973, and “the Ocean Course”, designed by Arthur Hills in 1997.
The Traditional is an American classic that weaves through pastorial Northern California parkland. It finishes with one of the highest ranked golf holes in the world.
The Ocean Course is a thrilling course perched on a bluff overlooking the mightly Pacific Ocean. A true links layout, the Ocean Course serves up waterfront views on every hole.
Amenities provided for both courses include a fully stocked golf shop, on-course beverage cart, snack bar, private and group lessons and tournament coordination. There is also a full serivce dining room.
Whale Watching and Eco-Tours
With 80 miles of pristine coastline, entertainment on the water is plentiful. Whale watching is a nearly year-round activity here in Half Moon Bay, as Grey Whales and others make the migration from Baja to the cold waters of Alaska. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Farallones National Marine Sanctuary have teeming wildlife to view, including Porpoises, Tufted Puffins, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters and Albatross.
Grey Whale waching tours are offered from late December into April, and May through October, find Humpback Whales, Blue Whales or Pilot Whales in our watery backyard. There are various tour companies available for charter in the Half Moon Bay area.