Outdoor Adventures and Attractions
Half Moon Bay Seals
The beach steps away from Seal Cove Inn is an idea place to go seal watching year-round. Between June and March, you’ll see pups too! Please stay a respectful 300 feet away and bring your binoculars. For a handy guide, see our map for where to locate the seals. Learn more.
Among all Half Moon Bay attractions there is an abundance of scenic hiking at nearby state and county parks. Be sure to talk to our innkeepers for recommendations and further information.
A small sampling of hiking options include:
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Devil’s Slide Trail
San Pedro Valley County Park, Pacifica
Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park
There are miles of wonderful recreational trails throughout the area. The inn has two bicycles available for use on a complimentary basis or a local bike rental operation can be contracted to provide bikes for your entire group. (Rates vary depending on the type of bike, and there is a $20 delivery fee).
Discover the world of sea kayaking by paddling among seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or the wild waters of the open Pacific near Half Moon Bay.
Sign up for surf or paddleboard lessons with the legendary local Jeff Clark of Mavericks, rumored to be one of the world’s best big-wave riders. Surf boards, paddleboard and wetsuit rentals are also available.
The Sea Horse Ranch has numerous guided trail ride options as well as the option for a group barbecue. Enjoy your one hour, one and a half hour or two-hour ride beginning at $60 per person. Explore Sea Horse Ranch’s guided trail ride options.
From December through May, gray whales can be observed a few miles off California’s shore, and whale watchers aboard Oceanic Society’s naturalist-led Whale Watch boats have a unique vantage from which to view this incredible “parade.” Group rates start at $40 per person and include talks by naturalists on gray whales and the conservation efforts which brought them back from near extinction. The cruises last approximately 3 hours and operate rain or shine.
There are numerous world-class golf courses within ten minutes to an hour’s drive and we would be happy to make arrangements for golf outings.
Wandering through downtown Half Moon Bay’s many charming shops and boutiques is an enjoyable way to spend the day. You’re sure to find treasures you won’t see anywhere else.
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