Where To Stay In Half Moon Bay, California - Updated 2021

places to stay in half moon bay

Nestled among the wind-blown hills of a coastal bluff, Half Moon Bay is a peaceful and picturesque paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In this idyllic region just south of San Francisco, frothy waves curl onto soft beaches, cool ocean mist blankets the bluff-top meadows, and in the distance, whales spout against the horizon. Between the beaches, hiking trails, quaint downtown, and watersports, Half Moon Bay is a city perfect for exploring. Marvel at breathtaking panoramas as you ramble along the California Coastal Trail or look for local wildlife on a whale-watching tour. Lounge on one of Half Moon Bay’s many state beaches, then discover teeming tide pools and fascinating nature walks at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Whether you prefer an adventure on land or in the sea, the area is fantastic for cycling, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, and more! From family-friendly farms to gorgeous golf courses, Half Moon Bay brims with exciting things to see and do. Stay a while and plan your trip with this list of where to stay in Half Moon Bay, California.


1. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (from USD 870)

Set on a cliff overlooking the stunning seafront, the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, is a luxurious property offering lavish amenities and breathtaking views. The property features a relaxing spa, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Two on-site restaurants let you sample mouthwatering fresh seafood and produce from local farmers, as well as regional wines, and the casual Club Lounge has food and beverage services too. The stylish guest rooms feature sea or mountain views. Situated near two championship golf courses, the hotel is close to many attractions, beautiful beaches, and fantastic restaurants.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Address: One Miramontes Point Road

Tennis court Free WiFi Books, DVDs, music for children WiFi Available Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Kid meals

2. Oceano Hotel and Spa Half Moon Bay Harbor (from USD 319)

The sophisticated Oceano Hotel and Spa Half Moon Bay Harbor overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and it provides luxurious comfort. Each of its enchanting rooms features breathtaking views of Half Moon Bay, and includes an elegant, en-suite bathroom, a fireplace, and either a scenic terrace or balcony. The charms of the hotel also include an amazing on-site restaurant, wonderful spa services, a sauna, a modern fitness center, and a bar. Attractions like the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and El Granada Beach are within walking distance, along with many fine restaurants and shops.

Oceano Hotel and Spa Half Moon Bay Harbor

Address: 280 Capistrano Road

Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Cycling Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Family rooms Facilities for disabled guests On-site parking Vending machine (drinks) Fax/photocopying

3. Beach House Half Moon Bay (from USD 345)

Facing the beautiful Pillar Point Harbor, this wonderful hotel is elegant and modern. In addition to its fantastic beachfront location, the Beach House Half Moon Bay has chic, spacious rooms that include a microwave, a refrigerator, and either a patio or a balcony for guests to admire the stunning sea views. Luxurious spa services can also be enjoyed from the guest rooms. The property is equipped with free Wi-Fi, and there is also a contemporary fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning.

Beach House Half Moon Bay

Address: 4100 North Cabrillo Way

Hot tub Terrace Smoke alarms Parking Lift WiFi Available Free parking Fitness centre

4. Quality Inn (from USD 139)

A comfortable stay can be expected from this Quality Inn. Situated near Miramar Beach, the hotel is cozy and friendly, and it is close to many attractions. Each guest room is tastefully decorated, and has a private bathroom, a coffee maker, and a microwave. The hotel also offers a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. A continental breakfast is free for guests. Attractions like Pillar Point Harbor, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, and the Obester Winery are nearby.

Quality Inn

Address: 2930 N Cabrillo Hwy.

Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Free WiFi Private parking WiFi Available Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities First aid kit available On-site parking

5. Half Moon Bay Lodge (from USD 198)

A quaint hotel with a great location, the Half Moon Bay Lodge is comfortable and tranquil. The property is set near the Half Moon Bay Links Golf Course, and it is only a short drive from many attractions in and around Half Moon Bay. The elegant rooms include cable television and a refrigerator, and every room also has a private balcony or terrace that overlooks the garden or the golf course. Other amenities of the hotel include a swimming pool, a fitness center, a 24-hour front desk, and a hot tub. The hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast.

Half Moon Bay Lodge

Address: 2400 Cabrillo Highway South

Terrace Hot tub Pool with view Facilities for disabled guests Outdoor pool (all year) Heating Newspapers Internet services


6. Coastal cottage close to the beach (from USD 151)

This delightful cottage is charming, cozy, and peaceful. Tastefully decorated and surrounded by a tranquil, private garden, the studio property can accommodate up to two guests. The cottage has its own private entrance and designated parking spaces, and inside, there is a comfortable lounge area with a television, a king-sized bed, and a spacious bathroom. Guests also have access to shared indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces, as well as a communal backyard equipped with a barbecue, an outdoor shower, and a hot tub. Set across the street from Quarry Park, the property is close to many restaurants, shops, and hiking trails. Surfers Beach is only a quick walk away from the property.

Coastal Zen Cottage - Walk To Beach!
Half Moon Bay, California, United States
233 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a super stylish bathroom with beautiful subway tiles and a spacious shower
the apartment looks exactly like it does on the photos
we loved staying at this brand new stylish suite kitchen is complete bed super comfy hot tub awesome
as described this is a lovely apartment w great amenities
though it's attached to a larger house it feels like it's own space and is quiet and comfortable
the space was very clean and as advertised
super clean and super cozy
the place was very clean and comfortable
it was clean very comfy bed
the apartment is beautiful and very clean
melanie and her husband were great hosts
she has 2 super friendly and well behaved dogs
melanie and mathew were very friendly and helpful hosts
melanie was super hospitable and fast to respond whenever i had questions
cute little apartment under the hosts house
very relaxed location and quiet
great location lots of privacy
great location for a safe fun stay
it's a wonderful location
beautiful place in a great location
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7. Studio property with private entrance

A bright and inviting property, this lovely apartment is a wonderful accommodation near the coastal bluff walking trails. The studio accommodation has a private entrance, and it is filled with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. With a relaxing queen-sized bed, a recently renovated kitchenette, a sleek bathroom, and a compact dining table, this rental creates a cozy getaway in Half Moon Bay. The apartment can host two guests, but a companion bedroom with another queen-sized bed can also be rented to accommodate parties of four. Guests can make the most of the nearby trails and beaches with the free bike and surfboards of the property.

Master suite/studio private entrance
Half Moon Bay, California, United States
390 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wi-fi was good and easy to connect to
love the four poster bed natural light higher-end fixtures and tasteful finishes
we were given a lovely bedroom with ensuite and were very comfortable
extra room was very useful
i enjoyed the room and would stay there again
clean well stocked with necessities
the place was very clean
but in general the place was clean and cozy
this place was a comfortable clean place to stay
it was updated and super clean
tim was a great host
tim was a great host
the host was very kind to let us use 2 bedrooms
tim is a gracious host
tim was such a generous host
the location is great so close to beach
a great location and really a very cute space
great location in half moon bay
tim's place is an ideal location
this was the perfect location for us
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8. Quiet, romantic getaway (from USD 165)

For a cozy stay, this quiet one-bedroom apartment is an excellent choice for accommodation. Surrounded by the scenic hills of El Granada, this rental offers accommodation for up to two guests and it has a private entrance, a comfortable bedroom, a colorful bathroom, and an airy living room. There is also a microwave, a small refrigerator, and a coffee maker. Guests can also relax on the sunny deck and lounge in the hot tub. The property is within walking distance of the beach, as well as many restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and a microbrewery.

Modern Coastal Studio
El Granada, California, United States
218 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
no kitchen but a microwave mini fridge and coffee maker fit the bill for us
simple country setting and informal furnishings make it comfortable and relaxed
with the exception of a full kitchen you have all of the comforts of home
the space is large with a full-sized living room for relaxing
comfortable excellent amenities and conveniently located to sf
the space was incredibly clean and comfortable
very clean and great price for basically a suite
her place is clean and the neighborhood is really friendly
helen’s place was clean comfortable and very cute
beautiful room very clean and nice location with views
helen is a wonderful host
she was such a wonderful host and her home is beautiful
helen is a fabulous and welcoming host
helen is a super nice host with a lovely place
helen was a wonderful host and her place was just as great
helen's place is a great location with walking distance to the beach/ close driving distance to hiking
good food in walking distance
quiet serene and a close walk to a cute beach town
a wonderful studio in a wonderful location
i also liked how the location was near everything we went
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9. Apartment in downtown Half Moon Bay (from USD 157)

A charming accommodation for couples or solo travelers, this bright one-bedroom apartment is located in downtown Half Moon Bay. The quaint accommodation has its own private entrance, and the space consists of a well-equipped kitchen, an airy bedroom, a full bathroom, and a compact lounge space. Free parking is available in front of the house. The apartment is situated near the historic Main Street filled with restaurants and shops, and nearby coastal trails lead to the beautiful beaches.

One Bedroom Apartment in Downtown Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, California, United States
260 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bed is comfortable wifi strong
the photos really do capture how comfortable and beautiful the space is
super nice mattress on the bed and good water pressure in the shower
it's small but comfortable and had everything we needed
this room was perfect for me traveling alone
clean and compact
charming quaint and clean little studio
everything was clean
meg's place was very clean and comfortable
very clean and spacious for a couple
paul and his wife were a great host
meg was such a wonderful host
the hostess meg was friendly and ready to answer any questions
paul was so kind an accommodating
meg is a great host
loved the location very cute place
very nice location for weekend getaway
this is the perfect location
the location is perfect right in the heart of downtown
cute little place with a great location in downtown half moon bay
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10. Modern apartment near the beach (from USD 284)

A vibrant style and terrific location make this apartment a delightful place to stay in Half Moon Bay. The two-bedroom property is spacious and scenic, and is only a five-minute walk away from the beach. Inside this wonderful accommodation, you will find a large, sleek kitchen, a comfortable dining area, two quiet bedrooms, a bright lounge area, and a chic bathroom. There is also a gorgeous balcony and a scenic deck with a hot, outdoor shower. Beautiful coastal trails are nearby, and the downtown is within walking distance. Up to four guests can stay here.

Modern apt steps to beach, trails & downtown HMB
Half Moon Bay, California, United States
241 reviews
Entire apartment 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
smart tv and wifi available
the quiet neighborhood and plush beds made for easy sleeping
there is a great deck and outdoor shower would love to come back again
we especially loved the shower (2 shower heads) and the outdoor seating area on the deck
michelle and pete have done an exceptional job creating an inviting clean comfortable space
sparkling clean with comfy beds
very clean with comfortable beds and fluffy towels
it was clean convenient & modern
clean bright and spacious
super clean cozy and modern apartment
owners are responsive to questions
very friendly hosts would definitely return
hosts to the apartment are quick to provide any help or recommendations
great house really helpful hosts
amazing hosts very communicative and flexible
great location and fabulous place
lovely location close to the beach
the location was great as well
very close to beach in a nice neighborhood
beautiful cozy & close to beach
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The breathtaking beauty of Half Moon Bay

There is so much to discover in the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay! With its gorgeous beaches, family-friendly attractions, and unlimited options for outdoor recreation, this seaside city is a delightful destination. Plan your trip today and choose your accommodation from this list of brilliant hotels and private vacation rentals in Half Moon Bay.

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