California Coast: Half Moon Bay to San Francisco

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  • Enjoy spectacular views of gorgeous coastline and turquoise waters
  • Explore the Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, home to a variety of marine life
  • Visit the vibrant and culturally rich city of San Francisco
  • Walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
  • Relax in accommodations located just steps from the coast
Beginning in Half Moon Bay, follow rolling coastal trails along spectacular shoreline, rugged cliffs, and turquoise waters as you head north to your destination of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Visit the Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, home to a variety of unique marine life, and explore the vibrant city of San Francisco which boasts a diverse culture, scenic views, excellent restaurants, and a variety of attractions. In the evenings, enjoy sunset walks on the beach before relaxing at your accommodations just steps from the coast.
This tour is graded as moderate, with daily hikes averaging around 10 miles a day. This tour is perfect for those who want to explore the expanse of Half Moon Bay and San Francisco by foot and with free time to enjoy wine tastings and to explore the cute towns. Hikers should expect walking along dirt trails and varied terrain. Trails are well-signed, maintained, and traveled frequently. Enjoy staying at charming hotels each night.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.


Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Mixed Abilities

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island


  • New
  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

The hiking on this trip is moderate, averaging 10 miles per day. 


Navigating is easy using your handmade guidebook provided on arrival. The guidebook provides route notes, and turn-by-turn directions. There are also suggestions on places to eat, points of interest, and local history  You will also have 24/7 telephone support from us here at Macs Adventure.


One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3-4* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included. 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.

Twin Rooms

If you would like a room with two separate beds, please let us know, and we will accommodate you wherever possible.  However, many of the hotels and inns we use do not have that option. Almost all have king beds; a few offer only queen beds.  In most cases, if the accommodations do not have rooms with two beds, they can bring in a roll-away bed or a futon for the second person, although this may incur a price supplement. If you choose you can book two separate rooms at these accommodations, but you will need to be prepared to pay more for an extra room. 


A hearty breakfast is included each morning as well as 3 lunches. Lunch is included on days 2, 3, and 4. The remaining lunches and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.

  • 5 Nights at hand-selected lodges and hotels
  • 5 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes provided on arrival
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Daily baggage transfer
  • Travel to / from the start and end of the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • 1 lunch and all dinners
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

We offer this trip year-round and there are plenty of reasons to visit in each season based on your goals. Throughout the year the average high temperatures are in the upper 60s Fahrenheit, with lows in the 40s and 50s. 


This trip is available any time of year and can depart any day of the week except for Thursdays or Fridays. We suggest booking as far in advance as possible for a better chance of securing your desired dates. 

Getting to the Start

The closest airport to Half Moon Bay is San Jose International Airport. You could also fly into San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport

From the airport, it is roughly 1.5 hours by bus to Half Moon Bay. Alternatively, it is about a 25-minute taxi ride from San Francisco International, and farther if you are arriving into one of the other airports in the Bay Area. 

Getting from the End

You can depart from any of the Bay Area's two major airports, San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport

The BART train can take you from the city center to either of these airports. 

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfer from San Francisco to Sonoma is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 22 kg / 50lbs per person.


Our pre-departure information pack includes a detailed equipment list on what to take with you. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, rain gear, and lots of other specifics. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Half Moon Bay and Overnight Day 2 Walk to Moss Beach 11 miles / 18 km Day 3 Walk to Pacifica 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Walk to San Francisco 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Walk to the Golden Gate Bridge 13 miles / 21 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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