Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay
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DJP
Roatan, Honduras7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Stay away from west end roaton unless you like the rudest local buisness owners I have ever met. You will not be helped anywhere unless you are a local. I stood at the counter of a little market store, I was buying a few food items. Six other locals came in one at a time and purchased beer and wine while the women helped them before me and she never even looked at me. Restaurants were the same thing, even though I was there first I was last to be waited on. I don't care how good the diving is worth having to fight over areas to dive. The diving in Belize is just as good and the folks there are very nice and glad to help you out. I will never be in Roaton again. The restaurant prices are way out of line, for example a basic two egg,toast and potatoes was $25 at my dump of a hotel.
Written February 19, 2020
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Coreen J
Winkler, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We stayed in the Half Moon Bay area for 3 weeks and loved it! Great snorkelling and a relaxing beach! Never more than 30 people on the beach, other than on Sunday afternoons when the locals respectively came to join in on fun in the sun with their families.
Written February 8, 2023
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Ann K
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
Less touristy and busy than other beaches. Not super big and the water is a little cloudier for snorkeling. Some nice souvenir shops nearby (road is busy and narrow, so it's a little stressful with younger kids). There is a fun boat to jump off with a rock wall...we asked our water taxi to stop by it rather than swim all the way out there because there are a lot of boats coming and going.
Written February 26, 2022
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Lori
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
in Half Moon Bay, you can walk everywhere easily. Plenty of restaurants, bars, gift shops and dive shops. laid back vibe if you're not into the condo/fancy resort scene. Great value on rooms too!
Written January 11, 2023
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Margueriteevel
New York City, NY80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
This is such a beautiful bay, lovely place to see the sunset, and a nice place to enjoy the warm. water. Great snorkeling too. To me, it’s more unique and beautiful than the more famous West Bay Beach and unlike West Bay, Half-noon bay is right in the center of West End with a lot of local interesting stores, and a variety of cuisine. The sad thing is the amount of litter (mostly cans, bottles, cups, plastic bags, etc) just thrown into the sand and drifting into the water. Particularly sad to see the litter strewn all around signs posted about the importance of respecting the beach environment. At the very least, they need to add waste bins so it’s not all on the sand and water.
Written March 8, 2023
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amosapparel
Orange, VA208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great place to find a place to stay with great restaurants, this is not high-end like West Bay but easygoing with a great vibe. Great place to snorkel, sleep and eat. Awesome dive shops right on the beach, we like Moana Divers, they are the best....
Written January 2, 2023
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Trevor D
Nanaimo54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Nice beach, protected swimming/snorkeling area and access to may dive boats and fishing charters as well as several beach bars. Certainly a busy beach especially on cruise ship days. We preferred the beaches further west on the strip but that was mostly because they were closer to our accommodation.
Written February 15, 2020
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sunking64_11
Richfield, Minnesota19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful bay, great place to watch the sunset. Walk the beach over to Ginger's for a nice place to swim, and snorkel. Grab a beach chair (no charge) for a nice place to spend the day.
Written April 1, 2023
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DHalps
Hampton, VA583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
I stayed at an apartment rental in West End for a week. I snorkeled every day and always started and ended in Half Moon Bay. There is an easy stair entry into the bay where you can leave your sandals at Half Moon Resort. There is a freshwater shower you can use, too. I suppose you could also just start from the beach and leave your things somewhere there (at your own risk) but I always used those stairs.

There was a LARGE variety of marine life right in the bay itself sustained by a decent reef which was snorkel-able (is that a word?) depending on the tide. Early mornings (7-9 a.m.) and evenings (around 5 p.m.) were the best times to see larger green turtles (as opposed to the smaller hawksbills) and to explore the sunken submarine in the middle of the bay (follow the rope from the stationary boat with the jumpers).
It was very easy to swim directly out of the bay and to the left or right along the barrier reef for great open water snorkeling.

The reef comes very close to the surface and it was so enjoyable. I would be in the water for hours at a time. Depending on the tide, the current can be rough getting into and out of the bay so know your limits. All my pictures added are animals that were IN the bay, not at the barrier reef.

If you get hungry after hours of snorkeling, there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate area.
Written April 28, 2015
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BenNeece
Brownsville, TX115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
This is such a cool place. I liked it better than West Bay, which was, basically, flat with no reef. Half Moon had a great "street scene" and beautiful views of the water and surrounding hills. Get yourself some chairs from Beatriz (the Queen of Half Moon Bay) and sit back relax, snorkel, sunbath, people watch, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can get scuba and snorkeling equipment right there. Have fun, and say hi to Beatriz for me.
Written July 31, 2016
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