SURFING IN Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Yes Half Moon Bay is home to the famous Mavericks monster wave and No you should not try it.  That said, there are some great surf spots in and around Mavericks which are well worth checking out...and it's only a short hourish drive here from San Francisco.

Surf

Break Type:  Beach

Gear: Thick Wetsuit (Hood, Gloves, Boots seasonally)

Ambience:  Minimal crowds.  Rocky beach at jetty.  

Main Surf Spot:  Surfers Beach

Link to current conditions: Surfline

Logistics

Public Parking:  Yes.  Parking Located Here

Public Showers:  No.

Public Restrooms:  No.  

Transportation:  Need a car.

Nearest Airport:  San Francisco (SFO)

Alternative Surf Spots

Ross Cove is close by but much more exposed to the open ocean and strong currents.  Best on a day when there is little wind.  To access this spot, park here and then follow the trail (not the road heading uphill) around the point to the beach.

Dunes Beach is a beautiful mile-long beach with great sand and decent waves.  Your non-surfing companions will love this location the most for sure!

Montara State Beach is a nice sandy beach just a few miles outside of the main town.  Often, you can find sun here on a summer day when the fog tends too linger over Half Moon Bay. 

 

Area

Lodging:

Coastside Inn at Half Moon Bay

Best Western Plus Cameron's Inn

Food:

Lamas Peruvian and Mexican Cuisine

Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen

The Cove Cafe

Cameron's Pub & Restaurant

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