half moon bay has gone to the dogs

We have posted about the Ritz Carleton Half Moon Bay and the beach there. This adds to the information here and for our K9 California Travel Guide. The venues listed here (except for the Ritz Carleton) have not been rated for dogitude since we have not visited them although we would be happy to visit Half Moon Bay again.  Thanks to Kelly Chamberlin at Chamberlin Public Relations for this info.

Half Moon Bay is a vibrant coastal town located approximately 40 minutes south of San Francisco, is the perfect place for dog owners and their four-legged friends. With a temperate climate ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, there is a wide range of activities for pooches and owners year round – from kayaking along Northern California’s picturesque coast side to oceanfront dining as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but they are allowed in the campgrounds and day use picnic areas.    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531

Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf

Half Moon Bay is a pooch’s paradise. After a long day of exploring all the town has to offer, dogs and their owners can retire to one of Half Moons Bay’s many pup-friendly inns and hotels featuring doggie beds, treats, goodie bags and more. For more information on Half Moon Bay, visit http://www.visithalfmoonbay.org.



Below is a roundup of dog-friendly accommodations, restaurants and activities.


Comfort Inn, Half Moon Bay
(650) 712-1999
Fifty-four stylishly appointed rooms are packed with all the comforts of home. Including coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, cable televisions and high speed Internet access (a few even feature whirlpool baths). Several rooms specifically accommodate guests traveling with their dogs.  Added bonuses include complimentary continental breakfast, on-site conference facilities and a premier gym. Dogs 50lbs and under are welcome and a non-refundable fee of $10 is charged per pet, per night. Pets should never be left unattended on the property.

Days Inn, Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-9700
Located along the coast, this comfortable Spanish-style, dog-friendly inn provides guests with a small welcome bag containing doggie treats and a brochure of pet-friendly places in the area. The inn has 27 large, tastefully decorated rooms with all of the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay including cable TV, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and hair dryers. Some guestrooms have large whirlpool tubs. Complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily. Accommodations for dogs require a non-refundable $10-$15 fee per pet, per night. Advance notice is appreciated for guests who wish to bring their pets.

Harbor View Inn
(650) 726-2329
Located directly across the street from the California Coast, this inn offers stunning ocean and harbor views from each suite. The pet-friendly property features newly remodeled rooms with bay window seating and free WI-FI Internet. Guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning. Dogs 40lbs and under are welcomed in guestrooms and require a nightly fee of $10.

Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn
(650) 726-6642
Located directly on Miramar Beach, this upscale eight-room inn features stunning unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. The champagne room is the one dog-friendly guestroom on the property, and pups who are lucky enough to stay here will receive their very own basket with a blanket, a towel, biscuits, plastic bags for clean up and a map of pet-friendly beaches.  After a serene walk along the beach, head back to the Champagne Room to enjoy the private balcony, fireplace, heated marble flooring and whirlpool bath. Special perks include complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres at night, as well as a gourmet breakfast served daily. The Champagne Room is $285 per night in addition to the $30 fee per pet, per night. A maximum of two dogs are permitted in each room.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
(650) 712-7000
Haute hounds and their owners will feel right at home at this luxurious, seaside resort and spa situated on dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Reminiscent of the seaside lodges of the early 19th century, the hotel features 261 luxurious guestrooms, a bluffside Jacuzzi and fireplace, world-class dining, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, coastal walking trails and accommodations for dogs 30 pounds and under. Guests can relax with their pets in the guesthouse, gazebo, front drive and stunning outdoor area surrounding the hotel. The hotel provides guests with a designated pet walk map for their convenience. A maximum of two dogs are permitted per room; a $125 non-refundable pet deposit is required per pet.

San Benito House
(650) 726-3425
Housed in a 1905 building in downtown Half Moon Bay, this cozy bed and breakfast features 12 pet-friendly rooms. Each room is decorated with antiques and claw foot tubs. Guests and their four legged friends can enjoy the beautiful gardens, gazebo, and massive fire pit for evenings under the stars. There’s also a sauna, on-site deli with famed homemade bread, a classic saloon and complimentary breakfast that can be delivered to guestrooms upon request.  A $50 non-refundable pet fee is required at the time of booking.

Seal Cove Inn
This serene hideaway set amongst a meadow of wildflowers and bordered by cypress trees is the perfect place for guests traveling with their pooches. The property boasts stylish rooms with luxurious fine linens, fireplaces, sitting areas with desks, private patios or decks and some with whirlpool baths. A gourmet breakfast buffet and wine and appetizers are complimentary for all guests. Only vaccinated dogs 40lbs and under are permitted. The inn offers a limited number of pet-friendly rooms and therefore requires that prior approval and reservations be made for pets. A maximum of two pets are permitted per room, and there is a non-refundable fee of $65. Service dogs are always welcomed at the inn.

The Inn at Mavericks
(650) 728-1572
Opened in Fall 2009, the Inn at Mavericks features six spacious 500 square foot guestrooms, three of which are pet-friendly. The dog-friendly guestrooms provide easy access to a fenced in grassy area where they can play and relax. This inn includes all the amenities of a luxury hotel coupled with the intimate service of a small property. Guests will enjoy rooms with private verandas with harbor views, fireplaces, Tempurpedic beds and marble bathrooms outfitted with Kohler deep soaking tubs and separate rain showers.  A one time $25 pet fee will be charged per stay and a maximum of two pets are permitted in each room. Pets must never be left unattended on the property at anytime.

The Zaballa House
(650) 726-9123
Half Moon Bay’s most historic inn, opened in 1859, features a comfortable Victorian-style parlor room and 20 guestrooms. This inn features seven pooch-friendly rooms, some with a double-size whirlpool tub and fireplace. A full breakfast and wine and cheese in the evening are included. Guests with dogs are required to pay a $10 fee.


Cameron’s Restaurant and Inn
(650) 726-5705
This bright red, funky British style restaurant features an outdoor eating area where patrons can dine on pizza, steak, fish and award-winning hamburgers while their pets relax beside them.  Canine comforts include a doggie watering station and complementary dog biscuits. Guests of
the inn can check in with their dogs at no additional cost. Dogs must be well behaved and potty trained.

Chez Shea
(650) 560-9234
Specializing in organic comfort foods from around the globe, this casual spot features diverse menu items in a pet-friendly environment. The pup-approved outdoor patio allows friendly and well-behaved dogs to relax while their owners enjoy the international cuisine. Pets are required to stay at their table during their visit.

Crab Landing
(650) 712-1288
This two-story seafood oasis is an unforgettable dining experience for all guests, four-legged ones included. Patrons can enjoy crab, lobster and steak on the scenic outdoor patio while their dogs drink from water bowls provided by the restaurant. Pets are welcomed only on the outdoor patio. All service dogs are permitted inside of the restaurant if they wear the uniform that is required by law.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
(650) 728-2739
Boasting the first dog-friendly patio on the Half Moon Bay coastline, this renowned oceanfront brewery serves up delicious coastal cuisine designed to complement a wide selection of beers handcrafted on site. Guests can request complimentary dog kibble for their pets while they dine on the patio.

It’s Italia
(650) 726-4444
This cozy Italian restaurant features everything from gourmet pizzas to fresh housemade pastas. Dogs are welcomed to accompany their owners on the outdoor patio area. The Tuscan style patio, fireplaces and fountain create a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for pets and owners alike.

Moonside Bakery and Café
(650) 726-9070
While patrons nosh on gourmet wood-fired pizzas, farm-fresh salads and sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, their dogs can sit with them on the outdoor patio dining area. This pup-friendly bakery and café provides thirsty pets with a bowl of water. Pets are not permitted inside the store or the Piazza building.

Moss Beach Distillery
(650) 728-5595
With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, an expansive outdoor heated patio and a special menu just for dogs, Fido and friends will feel right at home at this renowned distillery and restaurant.  While owners nosh on pizzas, sandwiches and a wide selection of entrees, their canine companions can select from a menu filled with grilled hot dogs, mini burger patties, bacon slices, scrambled eggs, kibble and more.

Pasta Moon
(650) 726-5125
At this farm-fresh California-Italian mainstay, pooches will be pampered with a homemade dog treat and bowl of water (provided upon request).  Pets are welcomed in both the garden and restaurant.

Princeton Seafood Co.
(650) 726-2722
Located in the heart of Pillar Point Harbor, fresh fish is the specialty (available to dine-in or take it to go). Pooches can relax on the outdoor patio and take in the fresh sea air while their owners enjoy crab, award winning clam chowder, oysters and many other seafood specialties.

Sam’s Chowder House
(650) 712-0245
It’s doggie nirvana at Sam’s waterfront dining! Extensive outdoor seating with a warm fireplace, water bowls and homemade dog biscuits (available for purchase in the gift shop) are enough to spoil any pooch. What more can man’s best friend ask for? After enjoying the scenic ocean views and the authentic New England style seafood, canines and their companions can walk on the beach directly below the restaurant.  All well-behaved dogs are welcomed to dine with their owners.


Kibbles N’ Gifts
(650) 726-3700
This local pet store has served Half Moon Bay for more than 15 years, and is a one-stop shop for pet food, toys, accessories, grooming tools and everything else a pet owner would ever need.
From birds to dogs, the knowledgeable staff can provide an answer for any question asked. Staff members invite customers to shop with their pets as long as they are leashed and well behaved.

Lunar Wind Inventions
(650) 726-9212
Pups can snack on treats provided by the store while their owners pursue the wide selection of toys, kites, dolls, puzzles and games. People of all ages are bound to find something of interest while shopping here.



Bluff Top Trail
(650) 726-8297
While walking along this three-mile trail, visitors and their four legged companions can revel in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Dogs are required to remain on a leash at all times.

Coastal Elegance Tours
(650) 712-8456
This pet-friendly business features eco-cycling tours, nature hikes and picnics. Dogs are welcome to join the tours along the Half Moon Bay coast and tours North to the lighthouse. During the hikes, participants are surrounded by Northern California’s unique costal beauty. Guests who choose to bring their dogs must be responsible for them at all times.

Coastside Dog Park
(650) 726-8297
Located between two old shed buildings, this dog park provides dogs with an open, unleashed area where they can run free and release energy.

Half Moon Bay Dog Park
Created in 2001, this privately sponsored dog park provides a safe, enclosed area for dogs to run, play ball and socialize. All dog owners must follow the posted rules and pick up after their dogs. The dog park is open to the public seven days a week.

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company
(650) 773-6101
Water-loving pups will delight in taking a kayak ride amongst Northern California marine life.  Double and triple kayaks allow for dogs to ride along with their owners.  Life jackets are provided for dogs.

Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boats
(650) 726-2926
Dogs and their owners can set sea on this pet-friendly charter boat utilized for whale watching and coast viewing tours. The charter boat is 53 feet long and provides enough room for 38 people.

Montara State Beach
(650) 726-8820
Visitors and their pups can bask in the beauty of this serene stretch of coastline and explore northern California’s incredible marine life. Dogs must remain on a leash no longer than six feet.

Pooches on Parade
Fun for the entire family, this annual parade takes place on the 4th of July. During the event, dog owners get the chance to show off their beloved pets in a parade down Main Street. A few weeks before the parade, owners can pre-register their pooches during a “Yappy Hour.” Immediately after the parade, participants can enjoy a “Bark BBQ,” “pupcakes,” “bark-a-longs,” costume contests and a raffle. All of the pet friendly events are free. The first 200 dogs to arrive at the parade will receive a doggie treat bag.

Surfer’s Beach
(650) 726-2596
Surfers, spectators and doggies are all welcomed here. This pet-friendly beach is a popular surf spot for both beginners and advanced surfers. Dogs are required to remain on a leash at all times.

Animal Care Unlimited
(650) 712-9962
Boasting 23 years of experience, this animal care facility offers dog walking, doggie day care and play groups starting at $20, pet sitting starting at $15 and dog training starting at $45 per hour. Locals and out-of-towners wishing to travel without their dogs will benefit from the overnight dog sitting service, which starts at $45 per night.

Marley & Me Animal Services
(650) 712-8181
Pet services include dog walking, overnight boarding, private training lessons, doggie daycare, basic bathing and grooming, and transportation to and from the vet or groomer. While caring for pets, staff members can also provide home services upon request.

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3 responses to “half moon bay has gone to the dogs

  1. I have lived in Half Moon Bay for the last 21 years and had dogs most of that time. I’ve always joked that it’s illegal to live here without dogs. There are so many dog friendly merchants that always have treats ready for my dogs and know them by name.

    Great blog with great info on so many fabulous dog friendly places. I also love It’s Italia on Main Street. Aside from terrific food, they have a fabulous outdoor patio sitting area and dogs are welcome. If it’s cold, I sit by the outside fire and heaters and bring a dog blanket.

  2. Thanks for the great listing of all the dog friendly places and activities along the coast. As a resident of the South Coast, I often have left my dog at home, when going to Half Moon Bay. But now I know of more places where she can accompany me. Very excited that dogs are welcome on the patio at It’s Italia!

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