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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, California

Perched atop a scenic Northern California bluff with sweeping coastal vistas The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay sits between forested hills and dramatic ocean waves with endless family activities from golf and tennis to ocean kayaking and surfing.

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At a Glance

  • Located just 28 miles from San Francisco

  • Two championship golf course and six tennis courts

  • Pacific coast adventures from surfing to segway

  • Outdoor whirl pool and fire pits over looking the Pacific Ocean

  • Coastal jogging and bike paths

Family, Golf, Beach, Spa & health


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an inspiring recreation of a bygone era, characterized by grand seaside lodging. The hotel overlooks 50 miles of crisp California coastline offering plenty by the way of beach adventures as well as fine dining, Santa Cruz wineries and world-class resort activities including golf, tennis and spa.

The hotel consists of a six-storey main building and separate guest houses. With a total of 261 hotel rooms, including 22 spacious suites, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay has a range of rooms from ocean front suites to more modest guest houses.

The main building of the resort includes a world-class The Ritz-Carlton Spa with comprehensive spa menu and workout facilities and three superb restaurants serving innovative cuisine. Guests can also rejuvenate with a round of golf on one of the two championship golf courses and miles of walking trails, tennis courts and an indoor heated swimming pool. Whether you are roasting marshmallows and making s’mores in your own terrace fire pit or relaxing on the bluff after a rejuvenating spa treatment, the resort offers a tranquil place to relax after a day of adventure.

Half Moon Bay now offers visitors great shopping, fine dining and adventure activities from horse riding on the beach, ocean kayaking and surfing lessons to wine tasting in Santa Cruz or taking in the views by Segway along the Californian coastline.


The hotel consists of a six-storey main building and separate guest houses. With a total of 261 hotel rooms, including 22 spacious suites, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay has a range of rooms from ocean front suites to more modest guest houses. Also located at the guest houses is our tennis facility and covered swimming pool. For the ultimate in pampering, ask about the The Ritz-Carlton Club Level with its dedicated concierge, relaxed lounge environment and continuous culinary offerings throughout the day (breakfast, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, beverages and sweets).


For children ages 5 to 12, the Ritz Kids program offers year-round outdoor and creative activities tailored to your children. The Ritz Kids program may include heading to the beach and looking for treasures in tide pools; joining a game of Marco Polo in the Colony Club Pool; playing a favorite board game with a newfound friend; teaming up to play tennis, golf and basketball; creating an original arts-and-crafts masterpiece; nanny and babysitting services can also be arranged for infants and children.


Half Moon Bay is a natural playground of leisurely pursuits. Ride horseback on a quiet stretch of sandy beach; go beachcombing among vibrant tide pools backed by ancient redwoods at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve; see what’s blooming at the elegant estate of Filoli Gardens; kayak the waters along the dramatic stretch of Pacific coastline; take a whale-watching cruise for migrating gray whales; join a guided hike, in season, to Año Nuevo State Reserve to see elephant seals in their natural habitat; visit historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of America’s tallest beacons and find world-class bird watching within an easy walk of the resort.

Location & Directions

Half Moon Bay, California

Situated on Miramontes Point Road, in Half Moon Bay on the Northern California coast. Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay is 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco.

When to go

For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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