Introduction to Half Moon Bay, California
Half Moon Bay, California, in San Mateo county, is 8 miles SW of San Mateo, California (center to center) and 21 miles S of San Francisco, California. The city is located in the San Francisco metropolitan area. Half Moon Bay has a population of 11,842.
Half Moon Bay History
Half Moon Bay had its beginnings as an agricultural community. It started developing significantly only in the 1840s. At that time it was known as San Benito, later the name was changed to Spanishtown. The present name of Half Moon Bay was adopted by the area in 1874. It began progressing rapidly only after World War II and was incorporated in 1959.
Half Moon Bay and nearby Attractions
- Ocean View Park
- Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
- Montara Mountain
- Half Moon Bay State Beach
- San Gregorio State Beach
Things To Do In Half Moon Bay
Popular activities in Half Moon Bay include fishing, horse riding, golf and kite surfing. One can avail of whale watching cruises from the Pillar Point Harbor. Half Moon Bay is also famous for the Mavericks surf contest, where people have been known to surf against waves that have been as high as fifty feet. The city hosts an Art and Pumpkin Festival every October.
Half Moon Bay Transportation
San Francisco International serves as the local airport.
Half Moon Bay Higher Education
The college of San Mateo is the nearest institution.