10 Best Vrbo Vacation Rentals In Half Moon Bay, California - Updated 2021

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Half Moon Bay is among the oldest coastal cities in San Mateo, California. This history-rich city survived the Gold Rush, earthquakes, and near bankruptcy in the early 1900s. The hidden coves and foggy coastline provided business opportunities for Canadian rum runners and local moonshiners, helping to revive the economy during the Prohibition. The former rum pubs along the coast are the small-town restaurants and bars you see today.

This city is home to gorgeous flower fields and redwood forests, along with awesome mountain ridges, ocean bluffs, and stretches of white sandy beaches. Its small-town charm, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historical buildings attract tourists by the droves. Below is a list of the best Vrbo vacation rentals in Half Moon Bay, California. Book one now!

1. Cute coastal home (from USD 485)

Three blocks from the bluffs and the beach and 10 to 15 minutes to fine dining restaurants, tennis clubs, a golf driving range, an Olympic pool, and pilates and yoga centers is this impressive, two-level home, surrounded by a manicured garden and ideal for small parties. The ground floor features a fully-stocked, open kitchen and a dining table, set for 10. An archway leads to a morning room containing a twin bed and a small seating area. French doors open to the lush garden with a furnished patio near the bath and sauna. The family room has an indoor fireplace and a grand piano, great for singing along. The second floor showcases three spacious bedrooms with heating, air-conditioning, free internet, large wardrobes, and beds with thick cushions that sleep up to nine guests. The three bathrooms feature a tub and shower.

Coastal Comfort with Short Walk to Bluffs and Beach
76 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
We all froze especially down stairs
was poor and we would have liked a TV in the master bedroom Could not find batteries for the Livingroom TV
Huge master bedroom with comfortable bed 2 walk in closets and tons of storage
The beds were very comfortable and the soundproofing was great
The sun room garden family and living room are all comfortable
Cleanliness:
The bathrooms are nice and clean
Everything was very clean and tidy
The house was clean and the owners were great to work with
The house has everything what we expected and was very clean
The property was exactly as described; close to the beaches shopping and dining
Host:
Everything in the house was well set up and Carin gave us great instructions Would definitely stay again
Great home thoughtfully furnished with multiple rooms to congregate and spend time as a family
A very nice spot Went for long walks along the beach even though it rained through most of our stay
The owners are very responsive and we enjoyed their recommendations for local things to do
We also liked that the kitchen was so well equipped and that the home was so nicely decorated and truly felt like somebody's home that they cared about
Location:
The location was perfect - only 3 blocks (flat land) to Poplar Beach and less than a mile away from a gourmet grocer
We did cruise downtown and enjoyed the restaurants near by Never made it to the beach
It's a five minute walk to the beach and about a mile from the main part of town where there are many fun shops and good restaurants
The property is conveniently located but also tucked away just enough for privacy
but the house had no internet access Found password on paper
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2. Private bunkhouse in a coastal ranch (from USD 217)

Near the beach, beside the redwoods at Lobitos Creek Ranch, is this newly-remodeled rustic bunkhouse. To sleep six guests, there are two bedrooms containing a California king and a bunk bed that sleeps up to four guests and a living room couch that spreads out into a queen bed that sleeps two more. The dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen are on the same floor. Book at least one night and enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking, a barbecue area, a basketball hoop, and a full bathroom with free towels. Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, tennis, golf, sailing, and whale watching are all available in the area.

Private Bunkhouse at Half Moon Bay Coastal Ranch
147 reviews
lodge 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
And convenient because we could prepare meals in the kitchen
we turned off the electric lights in the evening to feel more like we were in the "old west"
The property looks just like advertised
The Bunkhouse certainly looked rustic from the outside but was comfortable and modern on the inside Thanks to the small wood-burning stove in the living-room and an oil lamp
My husband and I loved just sitting in our beach chairs with a glass of wine looking out over the valley and enjoying the music of the cows talking to each other each evening
Cleanliness:
the place was beautiful comfortable and clean
That said there is plenty to do and see right near bunkhouse if you don't want stay put Great place
Host:
Steve was quick to respond to any questions that we had and provided helpful information about the area When we booked the bunkhouse
amazing-Steve was communicative and very friendly
Beautiful setting even though it was raining Steve is a sweet host personable and present and accommodating
The ranch was beautiful lots of great outdoor space and fun for us and our kids
the owner is very helpful and took care of our every need
Location:
One day we stayed in the local area visiting beaches
loved seeing all the banana slugs
The bunkhouse was a great central location to day trip around the area
We also did a day trip to Santa Cruz to enjoy the beach and boardwalk Another day we spent in San Francisco and yet another closer to San Jose
A wonderful get away spot that has it all package with great management and outstanding service
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3. Gorgeous mansion by the beach (from USD 1260)

This gorgeous beach house in the exclusive Ocean Colony is near the beach and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. This luxurious mansion has five spacious bedrooms with enough cozy beds to sleep up to 10 guests. Each room has wide windows with awesome beach views and is furnished with a desk, flat-screen TV, chest of drawers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Four ensuite bathrooms contain a plush spa tub, glass enclosed shower, marble countertops, and a basin sink. The living room has classy sofas, perfect for entertaining or lounging around the fireplace while watching TV. There’s a casual dining area set for 10 and a smaller breakfast nook set for four next to the lavish open kitchen. Double doors open to a terrace with a fire pit and another outdoor dining area features awesome ocean views. Perfect for family reunions or corporate outings, this rental is best enjoyed with at least a two-night stay.

Spectacular Ocean Views, Beach Access 5 BR Home Near Ritz Carlton
73 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The bedrooms all have window coverings but the large windows in the living areas
it feels like they are golfing in your living room
The kitchen is well-equipped for cooking for our group of 9 and the manager is wonderful to work with
It is comfortable for our family and we can spread out for activities like puzzles and crafts while enjoying an incredible view Access to hiking trails and the beach is excellent
This house is just as it looks in the pictures Perfectly situated right next to the ritz with easy access to the beach
Cleanliness:
The views of the ocean were amazing from most of the house
The ocean view and access to walking paths and the beach were prerequisites for this trip and we (8 of us
The house is lovely and well appointed
Host:
This home exceeded my expectations and easily housed all ten of us
The owner was very responsive
welcomed the hang out space as we cooked gourmet meals
The agent was responsive and helpful Thanks
The setting is spectacular and the home is well-furnished
Location:
This house is matched in quality by the beautiful setting
The decor is elegant in its simplicity
it is a 10 min walk ro the Ritz property by trail or street
We hiked the entire coastal trail leaving directly from the house and never touched a car
Right across the street is the California coastal trail that is breathtaking - we walked on the trail and on the beach every day
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4. Elegant vacation home (from USD 900)

Enjoy elegant surroundings for at least two days in this well-appointed vacation house, near the beach and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Its clean white walls, dramatic winding staircase, and arched windows make it ideal for a grand family vacation or an impressive business meeting. The living room has cozy seats for lounging around the fireplace or for watching cable TV. Double doors open to a furnished patio with a barbecue area and an outdoor fireplace surrounded by a landscaped garden. The formal dining area and breakfast nook are beside the fully-kitted kitchen, which caters to family-sized meals. Five bedrooms and three full bathrooms are equipped to host 12 guests. The golf courses, beach, and restaurants are all within walking distance.

Executive Vacation House Next to Ritz-Carlton
24 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The toilet in the master BR runs
There are 4 bedrooms upstairs and 2 baths and down stairs theres one bedroom and one bathroom
We were disappointed that the outdoor fireplace was not usable due to tree overgrowth
it's spiral staircase and beautiful mirror in the living room
Some of the bedrooms have true beds and a few have fold out type beds
Cleanliness:
The house was clean and had everything we needed
With 3 bathrooms we had to get more 2)
It was clean and convenient
Large spice rack but spices are very old and congealed 4)
It was reasonably clean with plenty of linens and kitchen tools
Host:
They were sticky and visibly dirty
With regard to previous review
We rented the house for about 6 weeks in the summer of 2011 and could not have been happier with our experience
Only one towel/hand towel/wash cloth per person so be aware 3)
We had a funny time with the family and friends and we enjoyed all nearly places
Location:
We rented this house in July 2016 for a 9 day family vacation House is in a great location within walking distance to the Ritz (3 blocks - not visible from the house)
The location of the house was also ideal:
However the best part of this house is the location of this property in a very well secured gated community and about a 10 minute walk to the Ritz and another 10 minute walk to the beach
HMB downtown is about a 5 minute drive and there are so many restaurants up and down the coast line you really can't ask for a better location
It is just a few minute walk from Rtiz
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5. Breathtaking home and views (from USD 1250)

This lovely Cape Cod-style home is in a gated community, near beaches, golf shops, and the Ritz Carlton. Five spacious bedrooms with various motifs are furnished with luxurious beds to sleep up to 14 guests comfortably. A baby crib, sleeper sofa, and futons are available upon request. The game room has cozy leather sofa chairs, perfect lounging while watching a ball game on the flat-screen TV. The four bathrooms contain a walk-in closet and a vanity sink. The deck, living room, and balcony offer breathtaking views of the beach and countryside. The huge professional kitchen has a breakfast nook and two other dining areas, good for eight guests. Soak in the outdoor hot tub or enjoy playing billiards. Children and pets are welcome. Guests must stay for at least three nights.

Stunning Ocean Views in Spectacular Golf Community
15 reviews
House 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The great room concept was cozy & comfortable with stunning views of the golf course & water
On the last night we celebrated with s'mores around the firepit
So cozy after a long day
The 13 of us ( 7 adults and 6 children) loved this wedding anniversary getaway
We were so grateful for so many special features like soft towels shampoo & soaps and cozy beds
Cleanliness:
It was sparkling clean and spacious
Host:
good cookware good spices and basic ingredients
We loved everything about this home
We appreciated the generous supply of linens and blankets
This home exceeded our expectations in every way
The BBQ grill was a huge help with cooking and the hot tub was pure bliss
Location:
The neighborhood was beautiful to walk around and so close to the Coastal trail and golf course
lots of special touches and great backyard with breathtaking ocean view
The quiet & lovely community added to the relaxing visit which felt like a 5 star hotel
The patio is such a pleasant place to gather--lots of room to recline and enjoy the view
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6. Lovely beachside home (from USD 320)

This huge four-bedroom bungalow that can host up to 15 guests is decorated with wood and wicker furniture for a relaxing, country-style vibe. Take a luxurious shower or a soak in the tub featured in the three bathrooms. Cook family-sized meals in the open kitchen and dine at the marble counters or at the six-seater dining table. Relax in the living room and watch cable TV by the fireplace. Dine al fresco or have a barbecue on the porch overlooking the grassy backyard. Book three nights and enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking, heating, free linens, and laundry facilities. It’s near the beach, ocean bluff, walking trails, downtown, and it’s 15 minutes to the north to Piller Point harbor.

Close To Beach/ Bluffs/ Trails/ Biking/ Surfing And Minutes From Downtown
128 reviews
House 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
There is plenty of room and seating in the living room or dining room to enjoy conversation
very roomy well equipped and comfortable
Clean & tidy property with plenty of space for 2 families with young children - came with an office/playroom stocked with toys
My children and I felt like we were at home Getting into contact with the owner
It was the perfect location and size for our family with all the amenities we needed to have a very comfortable stay
Cleanliness:
Appreciated that 2 bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and all "housekeeping" supplies
Everything was exactly as described in description
Everything was as advertised with "no Hassle" check-in and departure
Host:
Owner provided clear contract requirements housekeeping instructions and helpful recommendations for places to eat and things to do
Fit the family comfortably and close to the beach
The owner was very quick to and patient when answering all of my questions
He also took the time to check on us and make sure our check in process was good
I am sure Also great price
Location:
This house is in a fantastic location 20 yards from the house is a trail that takes you to amazing views of the coast and
Very near the beach and coastal trail 9 miles to Main St HMB perfect location for us
in just a little walk you are on a non crowded area of the beach
Our only disappointment was that the weather didn't cooperate during our week-long visit in June (60's and cloudy every day) but a 20-30 minute drive south led to ample sunshine and warmer temperat...
We had some trouble with spotty cell service from AT&T Verizon seemed to fare better
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7. Private oceanfront home

private oceanfront home
Source: www.vrbo.com

This beachfront home on a quaint cul-de-sac has access to a trail to the beach via the Coastal Walkway. This multi-level home has huge picture windows, offering breathtaking ocean views on every floor. The master suite and queen bedroom on the ground floor each have huge, thickly cushioned beds, large wardrobes, air-conditioning, cable TVs, and ensuite bathrooms, featuring a jetted tub and glass-enclosed showers. Sliding glass doors in the master’s bedroom open onto the backyard deck with a relaxing garden view. The second floor has another queen-sized bedroom that converts into an office. Relaxing lounge sofas, a fireplace, and cable TV decorate the living room. Enjoy your morning coffee out on the front deck. The casual dining table is adjacent to the modern, open kitchen. Eight guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi, free parking for four vehicles, heating, free linens, and towels, for a minimum two-night stay.

Private Oceanfront Home with 180 Degree View of Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, CA, US
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

8. The luxurious family retreat

With big rooms and bright interiors, this coastal home is suitable for grand family vacations. It’s in an exclusive neighborhood and near the beach, coastal trails, Half Moon Bay Golf link, Ritz Carlton, and Mullins Restaurant. 10 guests can sleep comfortably in five spacious bedrooms, designed with luxurious, modern furniture. Three-and-a-half bathrooms feature an enclosed shower, a spa tub, and a basin sink. The living room has cozy, thick-cushioned sofas for chilling out by the fireplace and watching cable TV. There is a formal dining area and a small breakfast nook. The spacious open kitchen is fully equipped to cook large family meals. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, taking picnics by the beach, or playing golf at the nearby golf course.

Coastal Family Retreat, near Ritz Carlton, spacious 5BR home, Beach Access, Golf
20 Trace Ln
House 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

9. Magnificent Miramar beach home

This beach house, in the exclusive Miramar neighborhood and near the beach, overlooks the hills, ocean, and Mavericks surf spot. It has three levels and the ground floor features a garage, a lovely patio with a seating area, a basketball hoop for practicing shots, and an outdoor box-type shower. The second floor features an open layout with a cozy living room, dining area set for six, a modern kitchen and access to a furnished deck with great outdoor views. To sleep six guests, the three bedrooms contain a double bed on the first floor, two twin beds on the second floor, and a king-sized bed on the third floor. Soak in the luxurious spa tubs in the two-and-a-half-baths. Children are welcome but guests must stay for at least three nights.

Coastside Miramar Beach House
14 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bathroom at the master room
Also went downstairs to read books and outside riding their scooters and shooting basketball
It does have 3 levels and we had to provide our own crib and highchair
The kitchen had everything we needed to make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner
The house is impeccably kept with plenty of space
Host:
good Friend came down and he and I went on Brewery and bar hoping
We also love how close it is to the ocean
Well stocked kitchen and owner was very accommodating Our family enjoyed our stay
The house was beautiful with perfect accommodations for us and our children
etc Entertained some guests from San Francisco and El Granada while kids stayed in TV room and played with toys
Location:
We hope to spend more time at the "Coastside Miramar Beach house"
We loved to be not too close to SF city
so no sand get's in the house
Half Moon Bay Area had grocery and other retail/restaurants available nearby but was also within footsteps from a beautiful quiet beach
Chinese place 2 5 blocks away was
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10. Adorable bungalow

This adorable bungalow with a modern country-style motif and enough space to host four guests is near the coastal trail, steps to the beach and a mile away to Main Street. The garden is surrounded by colorful flowers, ideal for small picnics and frolicking with your pets with the sound of the hummingbirds singing and the ocean waves in the background. Clean white interiors and shiny hardwood floors are decorated with classy wood and metal furnishings. Guests are allowed to use the fully-stocked kitchen, books, picture frames, children’s toys, and other home items. They can also relax by the fireplace and watch cable TV. The two bedrooms have thick cushioned beds, a desk, heating, and internet. The owners require at least a two night’s stay.

Enjoy wide open spaces and listen to the waves from this adorable coastal house
5 reviews
House 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cat was a real sweetie
There's also a chicken coop in the large fenced yard with a chicken that provides fresh eggs every day
Cleanliness:
The house was very clean and nice and the location was perfect
Host:
He even brought over extra wood for the fire pit
The owner Matt was very gracious and so helpful
our contact on site gave us great recommendations for hikes and lent us a frisbee and beach volleyball Pedro
I can't say enough good things about this beautiful well appointed and well situated home and its extremely kind and generous owner
Even fresh-laid eggs from the resident chickens Owner is attentive and available and responds quickly to questions
Location:
that's within walking distance to the beach
The home is located in a very nice and very quiet neighborhood
Check in/out was a breeze
We loved walking out to the beach from the house and being close to the down town area
Our stay at the Purple House was wonderful
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Revisiting Spanishtown

While most of these accommodations may have a classic or country home facade, their interiors are very modern and opulent. You’ll definitely have a luxurious stay that will make your visit to Half Moon Bay truly memorable. Whether you are traveling as a big group or as a small family, you’ll find one that will suit your budget and preferences.

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