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Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, California (Map)

About Your Stay

By Andy Wexler
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Our editors have been here and it has met our standards.

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is the ideal spot to relax on the rugged California coast. This six-story building and its three smaller guesthouses were recreated in the style of a 19th century seaside manor.  Its interior blends Eastern and Western art and designs, such as carved Chinese panels and Queen Anne appointments.

Less than an hour from San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay sits on a pine dotted bluff between a state park and acres of greens belonging to two breathtaking championship golf courses. There are also six lighted tennis courts, biking and jogging trails, and a whirlpool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Family Activities We Love

  • Please, Sir, I'd Like S'more!
    Imagine the family curled up in blankets, the ocean's waves pounding against the bluff, a roaring fire before you, and a butler at your beck and call. The Half Moon Bay resort is perhaps best known for its dozens of private fire pits on guest terraces and patios. The fire and wine butler pulls up in a specially-outfitted golf cart to assist with fire lighting, to offer outdoor wine service, and to provide all the fixings for s'mores for kids and kids at heart. On weekends, a bagpiper plays outside, transporting those who hear him to the mystic Scottish highlands.
  • Hit the Links
    Whether you prefer a private lesson or a group experience, the Half Moon Bay golf links give families the option to receive lessons for 9- or 18-hole sessions or to receive off-site instruction at the ocean view driving range. Be sure to ask about other activities like bocce ball tournaments, “horse race” games, or a drive-in movie with golf carts.
  • It's the Great Pumpkin
    If you happen to find yourself in Half Moon Bay during October, you're in luck! You're at the World Pumpkin Capital, where they celebrate an annual Art & Pumpkin Festival, including a special display of heavyweight champion pumpkins, a haunted house that will scare you out of your gourd, and the Great Pumpkin Parade. Non-stop live music, pumpkin-infused treats and hearty autumnal foods make this the event of the season!
  • Join the Club
    Kids ages 5 to 12 will be raring to go exploring on the beach, swimming at the Colony Club pool, playing tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball or basketball with the Ritz Kids full- or half-day program. While parents enjoy a nice quiet meal, kids get their own supervised special dinner and a movie, along with arts and crafts projects, and s'more making by the fire pits. Guests staying on the club level of the hotel will find the lounge the perfect place to unwind and sample continuous culinary offerings throughout the day, such as the cookie bar.

Romantic Activities We Love

  • Eno Means Vino
    California Wine Country comes to the Half Moon Bay each weekend when wine educators interact with passionate wine connoisseurs. ENO's sommeliers specialize in introducing guests to new and interesting wines while educating them on every aspect of the wines, wineries and varietals. Sample sumptuous international cheeses as you sip, and don't forget to save room for the ever-changing selection of hand-crafted chocolates.
  • Hang Ten for Two
    Waves up to 50 feet high have been spotted in Half Moon Bay, one of Northern California's premiere surf spots. Couples can learn to ride the waves like the pros with private surf lessons that include “beach breaks” of a warm beverage and energy snack. A board and towel valet awaits nearby while you perfect those moves. Board and wetsuit rental included.
  • That Hits the Spot
    Couples who wish to share the experience of a signature custom massage at the Ritz-Carlton Spa will revel in 90- or 120-minutes of side-by-side personalized care. Therapists spend a few minutes determining the needs of each person in order to customize the treatment to target specific areas for ultimate relaxation. Massage enhancements such as hot stone tension relief or full body dry brush exfoliation can be added without adding additional time to the service.
  • Best Brunch in the Bay Area
    Whether you work up an appetite out at the beach or simply need sustenance after a weekend of relaxation, the Sunday brunch at Navio is not to be missed. Create your own multi-course feast with over 250 items including a vast selection of caviar, full service sushi station, dim sum, and raw bar. The menu changes weekly.
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Vacation Packages

$7,000 Weekend Package


Sit back in Adirondack chairs and enjoy views of the Pacific coastline from the private patio of your ocean front terrace fire pit room.
  • Private golf lesson
  • Fire and wine butler service
  • Couples custom spa package
  • Surfing lesson with beach valet
  • Spectacular Sunday brunch for two at Navio

$25,000 Week-Long Experience


An ocean-front suite provides added amenities such as binoculars and telescopes, the better to view the wildlife roaming the California coast. These residential-style accommodations feature fireplace and full parlor with separate entrances for extra privacy.
  • Wine, cheese and chocolate tasting at Eno
  • Signature drive along the coastline for exploring regions of Half Moon Bay
  • Private golf lesson
  • Couples custom spa package
  • Horseback riding adventure
  • Spectacular Sunday brunch for two at Navio

$100,000 Week-Long Indulgence


A stay in the Ritz-Carlton suite offers a virtual 360-degree view of the ocean and golf courses. It features two bedrooms, two and a half baths, along with walk-out balcony, fireplace, butler's pantry and dining area for up to eight.
  • Segway tour of coastal trail
  • Santa Cruz Mountain wine tasting
  • Horseback riding adventure
  • Private golf lesson
  • Signature drive along the coastline for exploring regions of Half Moon Bay
  • Golf cart drive-in movie event
  • Couples custom spa package
  • Surfing lesson with beach valet
  • Dinner at chef's table at Navio with specially tailored menu and view of exhibition kitchen
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Ease of Travel

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is located just 23 miles southwest of San Francisco International Airport.

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