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Oceano Hotel and Spa

Half Moon Bay Wedding Venue
280 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
Contact: Wedding Sales
Phone: 650/726-5400

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Why We Like This Place

A quaint, artsy Main Street … miles of shoreline trails and natural habitats … world-class golf, surfing and fishing … . As if there wasn't enough to love about Half Moon Bay, we've discovered another reason to come to this seaside getaway: The Oceano Hotel & Spa. Located just 30 minutes from San Francisco, this spectacular boutique-style hotel is nestled between the picturesque Pillar Point Harbor and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Guests are greeted in the newly redesigned lobby, where nautical accents and modern furnishings reflect the beauty of the California coast. This airy space is bathed in natural light from its vaulted atrium ceiling and surrounded by three stories of guest rooms. These spacious accommodations, which feature high ceilings, fireplaces, and plantation-style furniture, invite guests to relax in luxury. Thoughtful amenities like Aveda bath products, a plush spa-quality bathrobe, and organic bamboo sheets add to the experience. Each Deluxe Suite has an oceanview balcony where you can enjoy the peaceful sound of the waves rolling in.

With all it has to offer, The Oceano Hotel isn't just a great place to stay—it's also ideal for hosting a grand wedding. From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception, wedding events can all be custom-tailored to make each one unique.

The lovely Wedding Garden, with its graceful Italian cypress trees and sweeping views of the harbor, sets the stage for an outdoor ceremony. A stone pathway leads to a white gazebo that's perfect for exchanging vows.

Afterwards, family and friends mingle over gourmet appetizers and cocktails on the landscaped lawn before entering The Oceano's newest reception space, The Gate House. It captures the rustic charm of a coastal barn with wooden beams, wrought-iron chandeliers, and hardwood floors. French doors open to a scenic patio that showcases a stone fireplace.

The Oceano Grand Ballroom and Atrium provides another impressive backdrop for a one-of-a-kind wedding reception. This elegant banquet space is embellished with ornate crown molding, Art Deco wall sconces and a trio of crystal chandeliers. The soothing neutral palette—soft gold, vanilla and a touch of sea green—lends an upscale ambiance. When it is time for dancing, guests step through custom floor-length curtains into the Atrium, a stylish annex aglow in moonlight from a skylit ceiling.

While its sophisticated guest rooms and event spaces make The Oceano an exceptional destination wedding venue, perhaps the most endearing aspect of this sea-inspired sanctuary is its warm and enthusiastic service. Their dedicated on-site wedding planners will work with you every step of the way to ensure you have a wonderful celebration, and the entire staff is genuinely eager to make your visit to Half Moon Bay a memorable one.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 350

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 250
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 450
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 800


  • Max. Seated: 250

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The hotel holds 250 seated indoors and 350 seated outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel accommodates 250 seated or 450 standing guests indoors and 400 seated or 800 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: The hotel seats 250 guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

30% of the total event cost is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $1,000–6,000 depending on the space selected. Meals range $95–150/person. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.

If you've booked your event at Oceano, you will also receive 2 free wedding rooms: one for the night before the event, and the honeymoon suite for your wedding night. Please contact the location for more details.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house

Kitchen Facilities: n/a

Tables & Chairs: provided

Linens, Silver, etc.: provided

Restrooms: wheelchair accessible

Dance Floor: provided

Bride's Dressing Area: yes

AV/Meeting Equipment: provided

Parking: large lot

Accommodations: 95 guest rooms

Outdoor Night Lighting: no

Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a

Cleanup: provided

View: landscaped grounds, garden, courtyard; panorama of mountains, ocean/bay and fields

Other: spa services, picnic area, shopping promenade, event coordination

Venue Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: in-house, or BYO with corkage fees

Smoking: not allowed

Music: amplified OK with restrictions

Wheelchair Access: yes

Insurance: not required

Other: no birdseed, rice, glitter or confetti

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