San Francisco area coastal wedding destinations

Beaches Half Moon Bay


Beaches in Half Moon Bay are just south of San Francisco.

California State Beach Wedding Location Info For Under 50

California State Beach use for a wedding ceremony must be approved in advance through a permit process through the California State Beach Coordinator for under 50 people or the Santa Cruz District Office for over 50 people.The permit fee is $75.00. The following are the RESTRICTIONS on the use of a State Beach.
  1. Less than 50 (Fifty) People.
  2. No Alcohol.
  3. 3. Minimal Venue Impact: a.) No Set Up – Only “Walk On – Walk Off”. b.) No Decorations, Chairs (Unless Challenged), or Structures c.) No Balloons, Rice, Birdseed, Confetti, or Plants Going to Seed.
  4. One Hour or Less.
  5. Wedding ceremony and Pictures Only – No Reception.
  6. $10.00 Day Use Fees charged for all vehicles entering the Parks.
  7. Leave Only Footprints and Memories.
The following locations are available through the wedding ceremony Permit process (we have links to view some of the locations, but not all of them). The following are not available for use:
  • Cowell Ranch State Beach.
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Beach Locations and Directions:
  • Weddings By The Sea Beach Driving Directions.
  • California Coast Line Images: Type in the name of the beach location in the search box. They will provide several photos of the area. Choose one and from that view you can go up or down the coast one frame at a time by using the button Southeast 1 or Northwest 1. If you go Southeast 10 or Northwest 10 you will jump 10 frames ahead instead of one.
  • Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce Website: http://www.halfmoonbaychamber.org/visiting_hmb/beaches.html.

Here is the contact information for the California State Beaches:

Mail Permit Application to:
Vera Sayfer
HMB State Beach Office
Half Moon Bay SB
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


Phone Vera Sayfer 650.726.8819 to check availability for 50 or less.
Phone Craig Holden 831.335.3455 to check availability for over 50 people.

Other Beach Locations

There are other beach wedding ceremony locations possible on the San Mateo County Coastside.
  • Montara Lighthouse. Arrange through the Youth Hostel.
  • Poplar Street Beach. The city of Half Moon Bay does not require a permit.
  • Harbor Area beach. Contact Pillar Point Harbor.
  • Miramontes Point Rd. Beach access is from the parking lot near the Ritz-Carlton. Limited parking restricts use to 10-15 for a wedding ceremony. The city of Half Moon Bay does not require a permit.

  • Sweetwood Park requires reservations. The Summer fills the available weekends by 6 months ahead. 1-800-444-7275.

Half Moon Bay Wedding And Reception Venues

The San Mateo County Coastside is a popular wedding destination area. Follow Half Moon Bay Wedding Locations link for video’s, site links, and phone numbers. Follow Wedding Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venues for restraurants.
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