Welcome to Half Moon Bay

Its long stretches of beach still attract rambling weekenders and die-hard surfers. While its services spread out along Hwy 1/Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay itself is still relatively small.

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$94 Day Trips & Excursions

Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium

The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and biological significance: it has an incredible abundance of sea life just offshore in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea trench offshore. John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) grew up in Salinas and spent much of his creative effort writing about the Monterey area. Two of his books are Tortilla Flat and Cannery Row.You’ll start the day traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz, a rest break, and optional photo stops along the way, you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch, you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch, you will follow the coast through the beautiful little town of Pacific Grove on the way to the 17-Mile Drive. This famous road winds its way between magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses like Spyglass Hill, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of trees, the Monterey Cypress, which is sculpted by relentless pacific breezes into fanciful shapes. The Lone Cypress is a very poignant example of one of these hardy trees hanging on to life (with the help of human engineering) in a seemingly impossible location.The drive finishes up at the Pebble Beach Village, where you can visit the Pro Shop and see the famous 18th Green. When you’ve paid that much for green fees, you don’t quit at sundown on the 16th hole! Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue or be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time and interest, we can visit the historic Carmel Mission as a last stop. This tour also has optional short stops in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz. Come and join our Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour now for an exquisite experience.

$399 Tours & Sightseeing

Monterey Bay Coastal Day Trip from San Francisco with Driver

Upon arrival for pickup, a formally dressed chauffeur will greet you and your group. Board into a black luxury sedan or Sport Utility Vehicle. Departure from San Francisco will be anywhere from 8:30-9:00am. 8:40am or 9:00am-11:00am: Scenic drive from San Francisco to Monterey Bay11:00am-12:00pm: Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkGuests will be able to wander around the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and see the oldest theme park in California, by the sea.12:00pm-12:20pm: Scenic drive from Santa Cruz to Cannery Row, Monterey12:30pm-2:45pm: Monterey Bay Cannery Row & lunchMonterey Bay Aquarium, whale watching sites and great restaurants await guests for the main portion of the tour.2:45pm-3:20pm: Scenic drive to Carmel By The Sea3:20pm-4:30pm: Carmel By The SeaGuests get to walk through the lively downtown, down to the beach at the bottom of the main strip.4:30pm-6:30pm: Scenic drive back to San Francisco by way of Highway 1, along the coast.On the drive back to San Francisco, guests will navigate through major landmarks, such as Moss Landing, Pescadero, Half Moon Bay, Mavericks in Princeton By The Sea and more.If guests choose to build their own tour, they are more than welcome to choose from a list of destinations along the coast they wish to visit within the allotted time available.(Time extended over the 9 hours will be $60/hr for a sedan, $75 for an SUV)Here are some of the locations you can visit: • Santa Cruz Boardwalk • Monterey Cannery Row • Monterey Bay Aquarium • Carmel  • Chateau Julien Winery  • Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay • Burrell School Winery, Scotts Valley • 17 Mile Drive, Monterey • Pebble Beach Golf resort, Monterey • Pescadero • Moss Landing

$250 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Hobie Cat Getaway Tour to Half Moon Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Flavors Of The Turks And Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and CaicosGuests will be taken to the private beach location known as Half Moon Bay. This is a more peaceful, calming excursion with the idea of getting away from the typical touristy spots of Providenciales. Duration: 2 hours

$457.95 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

San Carlos to San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge U-Fly SkyTour

Your 50-minute flight starts at San Carlos Airport, located south of San Francisco. Check in with the flight team and meet your pilot who will assist you in flying the airplane. After a brief safety orientation, you and an accompanying passenger will climb aboard the Cessna or Piper aircraft, depending on availability, and take off on your high-flying adventure among the clouds. Each passenger is provided with a headset and radio in order to hear your pilot's instructions and commentary clearly throughout the trip. As you safely reach an altitude of about 1,500 feet, pass over the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay, whose fertile farms and crescent bay host the world-famous Mavericks surfing competition each winter.  Head north toward the City by the Bay and be treated to incredible views of dramatic cliffs and rolling hills as you pass by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the skyscrapers of downtown San Francisco.After circling the city to appreciate the stunning scenery below, head back to San Carlos where you will safely land your plane and disembark. 

$649 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Monterey & Big Sur Discovery 3-Day Tour from San Francisco

DAY 1 - San Francisco to MontereyBid farewell to the City by the Bay and head south toward sun-drenched Santa Cruz. Keep an eye out for produce stands filled with artichokes and hang gliders floating over the Pacific Ocean along Highway 1. We’ll make a quick stop at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk* for some rollercoasters and fried snacks before making our way south to Monterey. In the afternoon, prepare to hit the ground running as you head to the central coast’s crown jewel, Monterey. Explore the bay by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or simply stroll along the coast. If you’d rather get a closer look at what's beneath the water (like the world’s largest octopus), head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium*. Of course, you’ll have to check out historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf: adventure, history and clam chowder await! You’ll stay overnight in Monterey County at a nearby campground or hotel.DAY 2 - Full Day Big Sur Today you’ll get out into the wilderness and explore the rural coastline. Hike through the forests of Big Sur and the amazing Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Pacific Coast, McWay Falls. You’ll weave your way through some of the largest trees in the world as you hike amongst the Coastal Redwoods. On your way back you’ll have a chance to hike through Point Lobos State Reserve's hidden coves and beautiful shoreline.DAY 3 - Monterey to San FranciscoEnjoy your final morning in Monterey along 17-mile drive before heading north where you’ll have a chance to kayak at the Elkhorn Slough, the largest tidal salt marsh in California.  The slough is home to sea otters, sea lions, seals, brown pelicans, cormorants, egrets! Find out what is going on at The Mystery Spot* in Santa Cruz before heading north to the quaint town of Half Moon Bay. Your journey ends today in San Francisco where the hustle and bustle of city life returns.   *additional activities are optional and entrance fees are not included

$125 Tours & Sightseeing

California Route 1 By E-Bike Day Tour

This tour begins in Half Moon Bay at 10 a.m. and heads south following Highway 1 to Pescadero. We will see plenty of great views, wildlife and country farms. We will also stop for lunch at Pescadero before heading back through the back roads of the California coastal hills. This tour is ideal for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders who want to see something that most tourists will never get to see. We really get to explore this wonderful countryside only minutes away from San Francisco.What's Included* a High Quality ebike* a Helmet* a Lunch* Water and snacks* a Professional Guide* Basic bike maintenance during trip