Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Half Moon Bay, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $232 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Half Moon Bay. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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What Half Moon Bay offers seasonal vacationers

The coastal city of Half Moon Bay is in San Mateo County about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Fishing, surfing, and assorted water sports are popular activities in a city with several quaint neighborhood shops and cafes. Mild weather is typically enjoyed throughout the year by residents as well as travelers staying at Half Moon Bay vacation rentals. Restaurants often serve fresh catches made by local fishermen at Pillar Point Harbor, and local lagoons have several excellent spots to watch the sun set.

Things to do

Places to visit in Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay attractions often visited by seasonal travelers include historic buildings such as the Methodist Episcopal Church at Half Moon Bay and the James Johnston House. Surfers are usually challenging waves that can climb to over 50 feet at Mavericks, a big-wave surf area by Pillar Point. Hikers can make their way from Montara Mountain to nearby San Pedro Valley County Park and continue to San Pedro Creek. Cultural sites include the 18,000-square-foot Peninsula Museum of Art, the Hiller Aviation Museum, and Wild Child, a family-friendly children's museum.

Activities

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

How activities Half Moon Bay has to offer are enjoyed doesn’t really depend on the season since there is no bad time to be outdoors. Public and private tours of historic homes are offered year-round, as are aerial helicopter tours. Travelers staying at Half Moon vacation rentals may sign up for various classes and workshops in the city's bustling downtown arts district, while hikers and campers can frequent nearby Montara Mountain. Water activities include swimming, surfing, waverunning, snorkeling, and fishing. Many of the community parks have picnic areas and kids' play spots perfect for family outings.

Weather

Half Moon Bay's climate and seasons

The Half Moon Bay climate is characterized by dry summers and warm winters. Afternoon winds from adjacent waterways contribute to an average yearly temperature of around 70 degrees. January is the coolest month, with temperatures sometimes dipping into the 40s, while July is the warmest, bringing temperatures in the 70s. Travelers at Half Moon Bay vacation rentals are sure to appreciate a comfort index rating considerably higher than the national average. Annual rainfall is just below 21 inches.

Natural features

Geographic and natural features of Half Moon Bay

Pillar Point Harbor is home to an assortment of fish and crab species, while dolphins are sometimes spotted off the jetty in front of Pillar Point RV Park, and whales have been known to pass by while on seasonal migrations. Leashless dogs are welcome on Poplar Beach, one of the 3 main Half Moon Bay beaches for travelers to visit in the area. A small lagoon is adjacent to Pomponio State Beach, and a freshwater lagoon can also be found by San Gregorio State Beach. Many plants and animals native to the region can be found at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, which is also home to a tide pool habitat and marsh.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Half Moon Bay

The nearest airport is in San Francisco Intl. Airport (SFO), located 10.8 mi (17.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Oakland Intl. Airport (OAK), which is 20.9 mi (33.6 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now that's to get away. Now's the time to pack your bags and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay:

  • "Beautiful Beach House Steps From The Beach And Hiking Trails" is a guest favorite. Around 3 miles from Half Moon Bay, it has 3 bedrooms and lots of amenities to help you feel at home, including towels and cable/satellite TV services.
  • Another enticing choice is "Golden Gate Park And Museums 1 Block Away", which is around 20 miles from Half Moon Bay. With 2 bedrooms, a nearby marina and a dryer, it has everything you need to keep you comfortable and content.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Half Moon Bay vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay?

Punching way above its weight when it comes to character and charm, a tiny house vacation rental in Half Moon Bay delivers big adventure. Unplug all your gadgets and turn your focus to nature at one of these fun-sized escapes:

  • Expect a simpler way of life at "Living Large In A Coastal Tiny House". Amenities at this small wonder in Half Moon Bay include WiFi, a microwave oven and more.
  • "Tiny House Cabin By The City" offers plenty of conveniences, including WiFi and pet-friendly services. Located in Pacifica, you'll be able to live large in this small but well-designed property.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Half Moon Bay?

We all need some time out every so often. If you're eager to spend a couple of mornings lounging around in your PJs with a cup of coffee and a good book, you'll find some amazing weekend getaways in and around Half Moon Bay. These are some of our favorites:

  • Get comfy at "Luxurious Top - Rated Nopa Home + Garage + Free Cleaning". Located about 20 miles to the north of Half Moon Bay, it has all you need for a chilled out stay, including golf and a kitchen.
  • Alternatively, toss a few clothes in a small suitcase and head to "Lovely Remodeled Beach House Next To Ocean". This top-rated property is around 1 mile southwest of Half Moon Bay and features a garage and a washing machine.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Half Moon Bay?

Studio apartments may be on the smaller side, but they pack a punch when it comes to convenience and location. Spend your getaway at one of these terrific studio apartments in or near Half Moon Bay:

  • One of our favorite properties is "Luxurious Top - Rated Nopa Home + Garage + Free Cleaning". Book a few nights or longer at this popular apartment and you'll have access to a garage and a theme park.
  • Or, use "West Portal Studio, Ocean View And Convenient" as a base to check off the best attractions around you. This comfy home away from home comes with free toiletries, WiFi and more.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Half Moon Bay?

Whether you need a cozy apartment for you and a few friends or a vacation home that'll fit the family, there's no shortage of short-term rentals in and around Half Moon Bay. These retreats make a comfortable base for a flying visit:

  • Within close reach of central Half Moon Bay, "Waterfront Marina - One Of Kind Garden Unit" lays out the welcome mat for short-term guests. When you're not relaxing in your cozy digs, get out and explore the area's best sights.
  • "Beach Front 5b/3bt 3200sq Huge Luxury Only 7 Miles From San Francisco" is also well located. Settle in here and discover why many guests rate this property as one of their favorites.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Half Moon Bay?

Whether spent in a cabin, a cottage or a houseboat, a romantic weekend getaway is an excellent way to say "I love you." Whisk your other half away for a couple of relaxing days at one of these popular escapes in or near Half Moon Bay:

  • Sneak off on Friday for a few passion-filled nights at "Beautiful Beach House Steps From The Beach And Hiking Trails". Located around 3 miles from Half Moon Bay, this property comes with plenty of nice touches, including beauty services and winery tours.
  • Otherwise, spend a few magical days sipping on bubbly and canoodling at "Golden Gate Park And Museums 1 Block Away", around 20 miles from Half Moon Bay. A fireplace and a nearby bay will help set the scene for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near Half Moon Bay?

If you're seeking somewhere to reconnect with the family this vacation, why not a place with a little glitz and glamour? These mansions for rent in or around Half Moon Bay will fit your whole crew while doing it in style:

  • Charm, elegance and oodles of character — "W. Menlo Luxurious Executive Mansion Over 4000sqft" has it all with some to spare. Around 12 miles east of Half Moon Bay and offering a fireplace and free WiFi, this place is difficult to beat.
  • Alternatively, score some serious Brownie points with a stay at "Union Street Single Family Mansion". It's located 25 miles to the north of Half Moon Bay and offers amenities like a garden, free WiFi and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay?

Share your vacation and have twice as much fun. Whether you're planning an action-packed escape with your besties or an overdue family reunion, you'll have your choice of large group vacation rentals in and around Half Moon Bay:

  • A great range of amenities including a kitchen and an oven make "Comfortable Vacation Home Near" a group favorite. This generous property has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people. From the heart of Half Moon Bay, it's around 11 miles away to the north.
  • Nothing's more important than being with the people you love, and "Amazing Getaway 5bd/3ba Walk To‍ Beach" makes it easy to do that. Located around 2 miles to the northwest of Half Moon Bay, as many as 12 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A kitchen and a restaurant dining guide are among the many amenities you'll have at hand.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Half Moon Bay?

Nothing says fun and frivolity like a pool. Blow up your inflatable unicorn and check out these rental houses in or near Half Moon Bay that feature this vacation necessity:

  • Treat the gang to a memorable break at "Beautiful Beach House Steps From The Beach And Hiking Trails". There's a lot to love about this retreat apart from its pool, such as a microwave oven and childrens activities.
  • "Lovely Remodeled Beach House Next To Ocean" is the kind of place you go to leave it all behind and make the most of your surroundings, starting with its glorious pool. Cable/satellite TV services and a living room are also on hand to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Not sure how to pack for your Half Moon Bay getaway? This impressive destination has a mediterranean climate. In summer, expect average temperatures of between 55 ºF and 65 ºF. Look up our range of Half Moon Bay vacation rentals by using the search bar at the top of the page. Simply adjust the filters to get more ideas about where to stay.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay?

Whether your perfect escape is up in the hills or near the beach, you'll have a lot more fun if you share the experience with loved ones. Look up these large family vacation rentals in or near Half Moon Bay and bring the whole crew:

  • Around 1 mile to the southwest of Half Moon Bay, "Lovely Remodeled Beach House Next To Ocean" has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 8 guests. It's equipped with a range of amenities, including cable/satellite TV services and a separate dining area.
  • "Beach Front 5b/3bt 3200sq Huge Luxury Only 7 Miles From San Francisco" also offers the space you need to make memories with loved ones. This option is around 12 miles to the north of central Half Moon Bay and accommodates 10 guests in its 5 bedrooms. Books and outdoor furniture will help keep everyone comfortable and happy.

When you're ready to venture outside and explore, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions nearby to keep everyone entertained and happy. Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street should be top of your must-do list.