Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground (Francis Beach)
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Our fourth time at this park!
This is the fourth time we have stayed at this campground in the last three years. We don't mind paying extra ($65/night) for the beach side spots. Our trailer has a huge window at the back, so when we back in we have a great view of the beach & ocean. Each site has a picnic table & fire pit. There are two adjacent drive-ways at each spot - one for your trailer/RV and one for a vehicle/extra gear. Restrooms are clean & private. Showers cost $1.25 for 5 min. (or less money for less time). Every spot has electrical hookups but no water. There are spigots here & there throughout the camp & you can always fill up at the dump station on your way in. The walking/bike trails to both the North & South are beautiful. Lots of wildlife & flowers/vegetation. The campground is with a mile or so of stores & gas stations, but once you're in the park you don't see any of that. There are horse trails as well & several stables in the area to rent horses.
Can't Get Any Closer To The Beach!
Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground was fabulous! We stayed there for three nights for my birthday vacation & I loved it! There is a great coastal bike trail to ride or walk along (currently there is some construction going on both to the North & South of the campground, but riding from one end to the other & back to our trailer was 3.42 miles which is a good little ride). I loved that the beach was so close by. I was able to walk on the beach morning & night & would take a chair down & just sit & read & watch the surf. There were several humpback whale sightings - along with a seal &, of course, dozens of birds. We also saw a bunny rabbit in the brush! The campground restrooms were sufficient - but we rarely used them. The showers cost money (I think 4 min. for 25 cents) so we didn't use those either. We liked being so close to town that we could run to the grocery store if we ran out of something - and yet we felt secluded when we were at our camp site. A huge bag of wood cost $10 & lasted us a couple of nights. It was beautiful to walk out to the beach & sit on the sand & watch the sun set - and then to go back after our campfire & just enjoy the moonlight on the water. Each site has a picnic table & a fire pit & there is ample parking - each site has two adjacent drives - a longer one for a trailer/rv & a shorter one for a vehicle/extra gear. There are currently no water/power hookups, however, my understanding is that they are closed now through March 2015 so they can install power/water at each site. We can hardly wait to camp here again.
Camp near the ocean
This state park has no water or electric hookups, but water is available at faucets throughout the camp area. Bathrooms and showers are new, clean, individual rooms. There is a dump station. Showers are coin-operated. There is a level, 4-mile multi-use trail along the beach's eastern boundary. Little tree cover. Swimming is not recommended because of the extremely cold water temps. $2 discount for seniors; Distinguished Veteran Pass holders camp free. Right next to day use area. Reservation fee: $8. Fills up and almost mandatory to reserve. We were there on a Tuesday in June and all spaces were taken/reserved by noon. Sites overlooking the beach cost $15 more.