The Francis Beach Campground at Half Moon Bay State Beach is a RV friendly campground on the San Francisco Peninsula, with direct access to the beach and close proximity to the town of Half Moon Bay. Half Moon Bay State Park encompasses approximately four miles of beach-front real estate that provides fantastic walking trails and ocean views. The campground has 52 developed campsites suitable for tent or RV camping, however there are some walk-in campsites that are designated for tent camping only. The tent camping only sites are grouped together along the beach, and provide fantastic views of the sunset.

The campsites at Francis Beach Campground all include fire rings and include access to bathrooms and showers.

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Francis Beach Campground – Half Moon Bay State Beach – Bottom Line

Francis Beach Campground at Half Moon Bay State Beach is primarily an RV campground, with big spaces and beach front camping, but it is a disaster for tent campers. As a tent camper you will likely hear generators all night instead of the sound of the ocean, even if you camp at the tent-only walk-in campsites. However, Francis Beach could be a good jumping off point if you intend to hike the Coastal Trail, but Francis Beach Campground is terrible if you value privacy and nature. If you have an RV and want to camp around others that have RVs, Half Moon Bay State Beach is for you. This is not an experience the NextCampsite crew prefers. Even as an RV campground, there are other campgrounds that we would select over Half Moon Bay.

The best campsites are (not RV friendly) campsites 36-38, as they are the walk-in tent campsites.

Francis Beach Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 52 Campsites
Cost: $35/Night
Use Level: High
Dogs Allowed: Yes – Dogs are allowed in the campground only, and are not allowed on the beach.
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes – Walking Trails
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 40 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year round

Pro Tip: Dogs are allowed on the beach at nearby Poplar Beach, which is just a short walk (0.75 miles) south on the Coastal Trail.

Getting There

Address: 95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Geo Coordinates: 37.468634,-122.445781
Nearest City/Town: Half Moon Bay, California
Elevation: 15 Feet
Location: San Mateo County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 1 mile to Half Moon Bay, California
Directions: Francis Beach Campground is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay.


Phone: Facebook: Francis Beach Campground – Half Moon Bay State Beach Facebook Page
Web: California State Parks Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Fall & Winter –  Half Moon Bay State Beach Campground is busy in the spring and summer and usually the campsites are completely full with RVs. However in the fall and winter, the campground is a less busy and is more friendly to tent campers. Also, you may be able to catch a glimpse of migrating whales during the winter.

Partly Cloudy
Thursday 03/22 10%
High 52° / Low 43°
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy early followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds this afternoon. High 52F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 03/23 20%
High 54° / Low 45°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High 54F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday 03/24 80%
High 53° / Low 42°
Rain showers in the morning will evolve into a more steady rain in the afternoon. High 53F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 03/25 50%
High 54° / Low 42°
Chance of Rain
Showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 54F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Monday 03/26 10%
High 56° / Low 44°
Sunny skies. High 56F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.
Tuesday 03/27 0%
High 63° / Low 45°
Sunny skies. High 63F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.

Winter average temperatures average in low 40’s, and highs in the mid 50’s. Summer average temperatures top out in the mid 60’s  with lows in the upper 50’s.

What To Do

Beach Play – The main reason people camp at Half Moon Bay State Beach is for access to the beach. With miles of beach, it is easy to find a private sandy spot to kick back on the sand for the day.

Coastal Trail – The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is 11.5 miles long and runs through Half Moon Bay State Beach, and is adjacent to Francis Beach Campground.

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Francis Beach Campground – Half Moon Bay State Beach Pictures

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