The best place to watch the sunset over Half Moon Bay…particularly if you have an RV. For tent campers, this might not be your best bet, but for RV campers, this could be your paradise!

RV amenities include a dump station and a water filling station. Hit up the outside showers at Venice Beach to wash off the sand after a jaunt along the Coastside Trail or just lay out on the four miles of sandy beaches.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
50 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Motorized boating isn’t really a thing here, but you should definitely grab your paddle and check out the kayaking and canoeing...Read more


For you anglers out there, your best bet is on the surf smelt here. The season is from late spring through the summer. Make sur...Read more


While there aren’t a ton of hiking options there is one very nice 4-mile, multi-use Coastside Trail (and it’s fairly level). It...Read more


Kayaking at Half Moon Bay is a wonderful way to get in the water alongside the wildlife and experience Pillar Point Harbor or t...Read more

Wind sports

Half Moon Bay can serve up some pretty monumental waves for kiteboarding .The bay is best on a south wind, and can also serve ...Read more


Surf? Oh yes there is definitely some of that (I mean, have you heard of Maverick’s??) Surfing conditions here are difficult to...Read more


Uhhhh...unless you’re an experienced swimming it might be best for you to stay out of the water. Swimming is not recommended he...Read more

Wildlife watching

Half Moon Bay houses the expected water-associated birds. With a little bit of luck (and patience), you may be able to catch so...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Francis Beach Campground.

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Hipcamper Kathy
Kathy A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 12th, 2015

Great family tent camping: hike/bike campsites are off the parking loop, as are 36-37-38; sites 13-14-15 are more isolated with trees + grassy field for tents; 17-19-22-24-26-28-30-32-34 are on the dune above the beach - nothing but sand btw you and the waves

Hipcamper Travis
Travis P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 5th, 2015

Great site. Literally on the beach. Hot coin operated showers. The one downside is all of the valley is there on the weekends. You might try weekdays its an entirely different experience. Try the three amigos restaurant on the way out A++!

Hipcamper Julian
Julian B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 14th, 2016

Great place to camp if you're going to be spending A LOT of time on the beach. Not so great for hanging out / doing any activities in the camp itself as it's essentially just a huge parking lot for RVs...

Hipcamper Xanthe
Xanthe &.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
February 19th, 2017

Not a ton of privacy and you're unlikely to feel like you're out in the wilderness! But there are a few sites that face away from the road and towards the beach that can be nice.

Hipcamper nino
Nino S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 22nd, 2017


Hipcamper Alicia
Alicia E.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2018

Easy, fun weekend camping for those living in San Francisco and want a cheap getaway.

Hipcamper Sean J.
recommends this listing.
November 14th, 2019
Hipcamper Emmett M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 2nd, 2019
Hipcamper Terry H.
recommends this listing.
February 12th, 2019
Hipcamper Cynthia L.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
January 31st, 2019
Hipcamper Vanessa C.
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October 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Sonia L.
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September 15th, 2018
Hipcamper Toby K.
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September 3rd, 2018
Hipcamper Michele P.
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August 30th, 2018
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August 26th, 2018
Hipcamper Jeff K.
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August 17th, 2018
Hipcamper Shane B.
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July 9th, 2018
Hipcamper Mark E.
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July 8th, 2018
Hipcamper George G.
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July 7th, 2018
Hipcamper Haley C.
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June 19th, 2018
Hipcamper Barbara M.
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June 6th, 2018
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May 29th, 2018
Hipcamper Jessica T.
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May 24th, 2018
Hipcamper Krista C.
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May 20th, 2018
Hipcamper Curt B.
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May 12th, 2018
Hipcamper Claire G.
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April 10th, 2018
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April 5th, 2018
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March 5th, 2018
Hipcamper Kelly Y.
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March 1st, 2018
Hipcamper Corey J.
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January 23rd, 2018
Hipcamper Harika A.
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January 13th, 2018
Hipcamper Judy X.
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December 30th, 2017
Hipcamper Matt B.
recommends this listing.
December 14th, 2017
Hipcamper William J.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2017
Hipcamper Shannon  H.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2017
Hipcamper Brandon A.
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August 30th, 2017
Hipcamper Doug A.
recommends this listing.
August 22nd, 2017
Hipcamper Sabrina C.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2017
Hipcamper T Y.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2017
Hipcamper David S.
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March 15th, 2017
Hipcamper Madeleine D.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2017
Hipcamper Amy Lou M.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2017
Hipcamper John M.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017
Hipcamper John H.
recommends this listing.
May 7th, 2017
Hipcamper Dustin P.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
May 4th, 2017
Hipcamper Natasha S.
recommends this listing.
April 3rd, 2017
Hipcamper Michele L.
recommends this listing.
March 25th, 2017
Hipcamper Michelle H.
recommends this listing.
March 22nd, 2017
Hipcamper Gina C.
recommends this listing.
February 21st, 2017
Hipcamper Julian B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
December 14th, 2016
Half Moon Bay State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(650) 726-8819
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37.468° N, 122.446° W
Unknown price
Tent Only: 3 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent Only - Group: 1 Site
(Up to 50 people per site)
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 46 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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