The nights are still warm from late summer to early fall here on The San Francisco Peninsula, making it a perfect time for a camping trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or just starting out, here is a list of scenic campsites that are currently open to fit your needs.
A popular 673-acre redwood park next to Loma Mar, Memorial Park has two campgrounds: the Azalea Flat and the Sequoia Flat. There are several easy to moderate hiking trails in the park going through the woods, along Pescadero Creek, and up to the Mt. Ellen summit. There are picnic tables available, as well as reservable group sites. Before your trip, stop by Loma Mar Store & Kitchen to pick up groceries, pastries, and sandwiches. Menu items include local San Mateo County-raised meat and many plant-based and vegan options, such as Leftcoast Grassfed burgers, Root Down Farm duck tacos, citrus edamame sandwiches, and baked tofu bowls. They also have special events and live music in their beautiful outdoor picnic area among the redwoods.
Nearby in Pescadero, you can visit Harley Farms Goat Dairy for a farm tour or purchase cheese in their farm shop. This is a fun stop for animal lovers, especially in the spring when baby goats arrive!
If you’re seeking a camping experience but don’t have the equipment or time to prepare, Costanoa Lodge's “glamping” experience might be for you! Their room-like tent bungalows include lighting, electricity, and a fire pit. Their KOA campground also includes areas to pitch your own tent or park an RV. Costanoa prides itself on sustainability. They have an organic garden on-site where they grow many of the vegetables and herbs used in their on-site restaurant, as well as catering services. They also offer an eco-friendly transportation discount. If you arrive at Costanoa by eco-friendly transportation such as hybrid and electric vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, or bicycles, you will receive a 15% discount on the rack room rate.
The opportunities for exploring Costanoa are endless. Check their events calendar for upcoming programs like live music and birdwatching. They also have a fleet of mountain bikes and kids' bikes for rent.
When you’re in the area, be sure to visit the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse, as well as Pie Ranch for some local pie. Nearby, visit Año Nuevo State Park, one of few places to see elephant seals.
HALF MOON BAY STATE BEACH
On the southern side of Half Moon Bay State Beach near downtown Half Moon Bay, you'll find Francis Beach Campgrounds. This area has 52 individual campsites for tents and RVs and is a great spot for fishing and surfing. There are picnic tables and grills right along the beach for you to enjoy. On weekends, you can visit the Half Moon Bay Beach Visitor Center to learn more about the history of this beautiful coastal location.
PILLAR POINT HARBOR RV PARK
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pillar Point Harbor RV Park is a first-come, first-serve site offering full RV hook-ups and complimentary WiFi. There are plenty of outdoor activities nearby, from bicycling to kayaking at Half Moon Bay Kayak Company. Be sure to walk to Sam’s Chowder House for their famous Lobster Rolls!