Welcome to Half Moon Bay
Home to a long coastline, mild weather and Mavericks – one of the biggest and scariest surf breaks on the planet – Half Moon Bay is prime real estate. The Ohlone people lived here for thousands of years before Spanish missionaries set up shop in the late 1700s; it was developed as a beach resort in the early 1900s. Today, it's the main coastal town between San Francisco (29 miles north) and Santa Cruz (49 miles south).
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.