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!
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
Top guest reviewsWe all froze especially down stairswas poor and we would have liked a TV in the master bedroom Could not find batteries for the Livingroom TVHuge master bedroom with comfortable bed 2 walk in closets and tons of storageThe beds were very comfortable and the soundproofing was greatThe sun room garden family and living room are all comfortableThe bathrooms are nice and cleanEverything was very clean and tidyThe house was clean and the owners were great to work withThe house has everything what we expected and was very cleanThe 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 againGreat home thoughtfully furnished with multiple rooms to congregate and spend time as a familyA very nice spot Went for long walks along the beach even though it rained through most of our stayThe owners are very responsive and we enjoyed their recommendations for local things to doWe 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 aboutRead more reviewsThe location was perfect - only 3 blocks (flat land) to Poplar Beach and less than a mile away from a gourmet grocerWe did cruise downtown and enjoyed the restaurants near by Never made it to the beachIt'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 restaurantsThe property is conveniently located but also tucked away just enough for privacybut the house had no internet access Found password on paper
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
Top guest reviewsAnd convenient because we could prepare meals in the kitchenwe turned off the electric lights in the evening to feel more like we were in the "old west"The property looks just like advertisedThe 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 lampMy 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 eveningthe place was beautiful comfortable and cleanThat 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 bunkhouseamazing-Steve was communicative and very friendlyBeautiful setting even though it was raining Steve is a sweet host personable and present and accommodatingThe ranch was beautiful lots of great outdoor space and fun for us and our kidsthe owner is very helpful and took care of our every needRead more reviewsOne day we stayed in the local area visiting beachesloved seeing all the banana slugsThe bunkhouse was a great central location to day trip around the areaWe 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 JoseA wonderful get away spot that has it all package with great management and outstanding service
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
Top guest reviewsThe bedrooms all have window coverings but the large windows in the living areasit feels like they are golfing in your living roomThe kitchen is well-equipped for cooking for our group of 9 and the manager is wonderful to work withIt 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 excellentThis house is just as it looks in the pictures Perfectly situated right next to the ritz with easy access to the beachThe views of the ocean were amazing from most of the houseThe ocean view and access to walking paths and the beach were prerequisites for this trip and we (8 of usThe house is lovely and well appointed
Host:This home exceeded my expectations and easily housed all ten of usThe owner was very responsivewelcomed the hang out space as we cooked gourmet mealsThe agent was responsive and helpful ThanksThe setting is spectacular and the home is well-furnishedRead more reviewsThis house is matched in quality by the beautiful settingThe decor is elegant in its simplicityit is a 10 min walk ro the Ritz property by trail or streetWe hiked the entire coastal trail leaving directly from the house and never touched a carRight across the street is the California coastal trail that is breathtaking - we walked on the trail and on the beach every day
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
Top guest reviewsThe toilet in the master BR runsThere are 4 bedrooms upstairs and 2 baths and down stairs theres one bedroom and one bathroomWe were disappointed that the outdoor fireplace was not usable due to tree overgrowthit's spiral staircase and beautiful mirror in the living roomSome of the bedrooms have true beds and a few have fold out type bedsThe house was clean and had everything we neededWith 3 bathrooms we had to get more 2)It was clean and convenientLarge 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 dirtyWith regard to previous reviewWe rented the house for about 6 weeks in the summer of 2011 and could not have been happier with our experienceOnly 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 placesRead more reviewsWe 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 beachHMB 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 locationIt is just a few minute walk from Rtiz
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
Top guest reviewsThe great room concept was cozy & comfortable with stunning views of the golf course & waterOn the last night we celebrated with s'mores around the firepitSo cozy after a long dayThe 13 of us ( 7 adults and 6 children) loved this wedding anniversary getawayWe were so grateful for so many special features like soft towels shampoo & soaps and cozy bedsIt was sparkling clean and spacious
Host:good cookware good spices and basic ingredientsWe loved everything about this homeWe appreciated the generous supply of linens and blanketsThis home exceeded our expectations in every wayThe BBQ grill was a huge help with cooking and the hot tub was pure blissRead more reviewsThe neighborhood was beautiful to walk around and so close to the Coastal trail and golf courselots of special touches and great backyard with breathtaking ocean viewThe quiet & lovely community added to the relaxing visit which felt like a 5 star hotelThe patio is such a pleasant place to gather--lots of room to recline and enjoy the view
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
Top guest reviewsThere is plenty of room and seating in the living room or dining room to enjoy conversationvery roomy well equipped and comfortableClean & tidy property with plenty of space for 2 families with young children - came with an office/playroom stocked with toysMy children and I felt like we were at home Getting into contact with the ownerIt was the perfect location and size for our family with all the amenities we needed to have a very comfortable stayAppreciated that 2 bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and all "housekeeping" suppliesEverything was exactly as described in descriptionEverything 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 doFit the family comfortably and close to the beachThe owner was very quick to and patient when answering all of my questionsHe also took the time to check on us and make sure our check in process was goodI am sure Also great priceRead more reviewsThis house is in a fantastic location 20 yards from the house is a trail that takes you to amazing views of the coast andVery near the beach and coastal trail 9 miles to Main St HMB perfect location for usin just a little walk you are on a non crowded area of the beachOur 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
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 BayHalf Moon Bay, CA, US
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, Golf20 Trace Ln
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
Top guest reviewsthe bathroom at the master roomAlso went downstairs to read books and outside riding their scooters and shooting basketballIt does have 3 levels and we had to provide our own crib and highchairThe kitchen had everything we needed to make a delicious Thanksgiving dinnerThe house is impeccably kept with plenty of space
Host:good Friend came down and he and I went on Brewery and bar hopingWe also love how close it is to the oceanWell stocked kitchen and owner was very accommodating Our family enjoyed our stayThe house was beautiful with perfect accommodations for us and our childrenetc Entertained some guests from San Francisco and El Granada while kids stayed in TV room and played with toysRead more reviewsWe hope to spend more time at the "Coastside Miramar Beach house"We loved to be not too close to SF cityso no sand get's in the houseHalf Moon Bay Area had grocery and other retail/restaurants available nearby but was also within footsteps from a beautiful quiet beachChinese place 2 5 blocks away was
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
Top guest reviewsthe cat was a real sweetieThere's also a chicken coop in the large fenced yard with a chicken that provides fresh eggs every dayThe house was very clean and nice and the location was perfect
Host:He even brought over extra wood for the fire pitThe owner Matt was very gracious and so helpfulour contact on site gave us great recommendations for hikes and lent us a frisbee and beach volleyball PedroI can't say enough good things about this beautiful well appointed and well situated home and its extremely kind and generous ownerEven fresh-laid eggs from the resident chickens Owner is attentive and available and responds quickly to questionsRead more reviewsthat's within walking distance to the beachThe home is located in a very nice and very quiet neighborhoodCheck in/out was a breezeWe loved walking out to the beach from the house and being close to the down town areaOur stay at the Purple House was wonderful
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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