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Half Moon Bay

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Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population was 11,324 as of the 2010 census. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. The urban area had a population of 20,713 at the same census.HistoryHalf Moon Bay began as a rural agriculture area, primarily used for grazing of cattle, horses, and oxen used by Mission San Francisco de Asis (established in June 1776). Following the secularization of the Mission, Tiburcio Vásquez received the Rancho Corral de Tierra Mexican land grant in 1839 and Candelario Miramontes was granted Rancho Miramontes (later known as Rancho San Benito) in 1841.The community began to develop in the 1840s as the first real town in San Mateo County. Known originally as San Benito, the town was renamed Spanishtown and attracted a thriving fishing industry in addition to its continued importance to coastal agriculture. Spanishtown became a racially diverse community, settled by Canadians, Chinese, English, Germans, Irish, Mexicans, Italians, Scots, Portuguese, and Pacific Islanders. Regular stagecoach service was established with San Mateo; coaches also served the communities of Purissima, Lobitos, and San Gregorio. Levy Brothers opened a department store in downtown Half Moon Bay. Spanishtown was officially renamed Half Moon Bay in 1874.
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
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Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
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Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
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Mavericks ©
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Mavericks
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Duration: 2 hours
Pescadero State Beach ©
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Pescadero State Beach
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Side trips from Half Moon Bay

Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park Boulder Creek
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Filoli ©
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Filoli Woodside
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Pigeon Point Light Station ©
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Pigeon Point Light Station Pescadero
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Ano Nuevo State Reserve ©
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Ano Nuevo State Reserve Pescadero
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Hidden gems in Half Moon Bay

Miramar Beach ©
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Miramar Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
Half Moon Bay Golf Links ©
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Half Moon Bay Golf Links
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Duration: 4 hours
Pillar Point Harbor ©
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Pillar Point Harbor
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Duration: 2 hours
Cowell Ranch State Beach ©
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Cowell Ranch State Beach
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Beaches in Half Moon Bay

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Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
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Gray Whale Cove State Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
Pomponio State Beach ©
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Pomponio State Beach
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Dunes Beach ©
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Dunes Beach
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Naples Beach ©
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Naples Beach
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Kid-friendly things to do in Half Moon Bay

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Poplar Beach ©
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Poplar Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
Pelican Point Beach
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Pelican Point Beach
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Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay ©
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Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay
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Duration: 2 hours
Francis Beach
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Francis Beach
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Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Half Moon Bay

Ghost Town of Purissima
Ghost Town
Ghost Town of Purissima
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Duration: 2h 30 min

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