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Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A hidden gem of Silicon Valley. Not many locals even know of this amazing flower garden estate from history. It is now maintained as a historic sight & in good shape for sightseeing. Don't miss this place if you're in town.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great spot for some Chower & seafood with a view... perfect day trip from WC.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Great place to check out tidepools and to spot seals!! The beach is right next to a hillside that we call the Enchanted Forest. It is full of huge eucalyptus trees. Great spot for photos!”
  • 52 locals recommend
Cinema
“A newly renovated movie theater with luxury seating complete with seat warmers and reserved seating system”
  • 26 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
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“Our favorite restaurant! Incredible views over the ocean at sunset. Enjoy a Pisco Sour on the patio before Peruvian dinner. Reservations recommended–ask for a table next to the window!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a wonderful pace to sit out on the patio and watch the sun set under a cozy blanket in front of the fire. Some nights they have live music in the restaurant”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a warm oceanfront brewery and restaurant at Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-Sea Calif.Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Trail
“most popular trail in San Mateo County. It is absolutely gorgeous! Less than 5-Minute drive ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Nature
“See where to famous big wave surf competition takes place. Usually a mile out, but you can see big waves here fall through winter. At low tide, you can walk the tide pools.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
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“Soft Shell Crab Ramen with Garlic Pork Flavor, Lobster Meat Ramen. 4 star with over 3500 reviews- Must Try if you come to San Mateo, there will be a long wait.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The coastal trail runs the length of the coast from the end of our street all the way down to the harbor. Recommended for morning or evening runs/walks and access to great beaches and coastal views. Keep an eye out for migrating whales!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“20 minutes south in Half Moon Bay. Our favorite Italian. Michelin Guide. Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta...simply a good meal. Lovely garden patio, make reservations. $$-$$$$”
  • 24 locals recommend
Hotel
“Half Moon Bay. Californian. If there is a special occasion like Mother's day, the buffet lunch is awesome. Very pricey but it is a special event! Don't eat there but check out Barbara's fish trap for lunch, a little drive up north of Half Moon Bay. Awesome fish and chips. Walk around the jetty and perhaps buy some live crab home for tomorrow. Then go the the Ritz in the afternoon. I love going there for a mint hot chocolate over the fire pit and cuddle up under the blankets looking at the sunset. That will complete an awesome day.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant; the nice setting, service, food, and prices combine to make it one of our long-time favorites.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“The most iconic sushi place around as they are known for the freshest fish with the most variety. If you love sashimi, go here. If you preper a California rolls check out one of the other sushi restaurants in San Mateo (there are a lot!)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Open 24 hours a day if you need to pickup late at night or early in the morning. It has a self check-out lanes and a new Starbucks Coffee inside the store.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great spot for some Chower & seafood with a view... perfect day trip from WC.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Peruvian Restaurant
“Our favorite restaurant! Incredible views over the ocean at sunset. Enjoy a Pisco Sour on the patio before Peruvian dinner. Reservations recommended–ask for a table next to the window!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a wonderful pace to sit out on the patio and watch the sun set under a cozy blanket in front of the fire. Some nights they have live music in the restaurant”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a warm oceanfront brewery and restaurant at Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton-by-the-Sea Calif.Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“Soft Shell Crab Ramen with Garlic Pork Flavor, Lobster Meat Ramen. 4 star with over 3500 reviews- Must Try if you come to San Mateo, there will be a long wait.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“20 minutes south in Half Moon Bay. Our favorite Italian. Michelin Guide. Fresh ingredients, homemade pasta...simply a good meal. Lovely garden patio, make reservations. $$-$$$$”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant; the nice setting, service, food, and prices combine to make it one of our long-time favorites.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“The most iconic sushi place around as they are known for the freshest fish with the most variety. If you love sashimi, go here. If you preper a California rolls check out one of the other sushi restaurants in San Mateo (there are a lot!)”
  • 16 locals recommend

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