Camping spot on the coast: Half Moon Bay

Whenever I go camping, it usually takes at least an hour or two to get there. The roads are really winding and most of the day is spent getting to/finding the campground. Oh, and there usually isn’t a restaurant and full bar with — wait for it — karaoke (!) within walking distance.

Half Moon Bay Camping Cameron's

Back in May, I stayed at a campground ran by the folks at Cameron’s Inn & Restaurant in Half Moon Bay. I wouldn’t call it glamping by any means, but it’s definitely not a place where you’ll have to rough it. On Saturday nights, the bar has karaoke and after a few pints, all the songs sound like the perfect one to sing. I did get a kick out of the two techy guys straight out of Silicon Valley who sang Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Of course Gabie and I had to sing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money. We played that song on the way to school at least twice a week, maybe more. It never gets old. “Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhhh.”

The RV park and campground is only minutes south of Highway 92 and just off Highway 1. Tent campsites run $30 a night for up to 4 people. For a quick getaway, I will definitely keep this place in mind. Yeah, there’s the whole covered in fog thing most of the time, but the day we went, I actually got sunburned. Look at my sunglasses tan below. Not cute.

camping in half moon bay

tent camping in half moon bay

If you’re looking for a local Bay Area campground that’s near the beach, check out Cameron’s. According to the website, here what’s available now:

  • Plenty of space for RV’s, campers & tents
  • Great pub food right next door
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Access to the Coastal Trail
  • Some of the best coastal bird watching in the Bay Area
  • Short walk to the ocean
  • Showers
  • Gathering place
  • BBQ
  • Wireless internet hotspot

Coming soon:

  • Audubon Interpretative Center
  • Birding supplies
  • General store
  • Full laundry facilities

Activities:

  • Hiking Coastal Trails
  • Coastal Horseback Rides
  • Stand Up Paddle Lesson Instructor available upon request

 

  • I’m in! Ryan and I are getting our camping shit together and putting them into bins, so if we wanted a quick getaway like this, it’s perfect. Now… to check the site to see if it’s dog-friendly!

    • You guys will have a lot of fun. And they’re pet friendly! On site is a really cool, old British double decker bus that would be awesome to take photos with (not in, though — you’ll smell what I mean).

  • Flora Moreno de Thompson

    I’m always looking for quick camping getaways. I’ll add this to the list. Love that they have a wireless internet hotspot. Sadly, that’s a huge selling point when we travel, even when it comes to camping!

  • I’m pretty sure I bought a Groupon for that place that I’ve yet to use. I should probably get on that, since it expires in February, and I’m not super into the idea of camping in the winter.