Valerie Wilson Travel

Half Moon Bay

Not heavily populated until after World War II, the hidden gem of Half Moon Bay was able to keep its secrets concealed until finally becoming an unmissable stop for surfers and vacationers alike. An intimate setting perfect for anyone with a knack for enjoying the outdoors, Half Moon Bay offers ample opportunity for casual beach lounging or laid-back tours through the various landscapes. Wildlife preserves, exquisite wineries, and diverse scenery including mountains, creeks, valleys, and beaches make up Half Moon Bay’s long list of lasting attractions. Never getting too hot or too cold, the climate is the only thing that could be described as moderate but still leaves you perfectly satisfied. Half Moon Bay will surely bring out your surfer mentality as you let down your hair and chill out in the California sun. 

Fun Facts:

With Mavericks—a big surf location with waves over 50 feet high—located on the north edge of the beach, it is no coincidence that GoPro has its roots in Half Moon Bay. Make your way up to watch some of the massive crashing waves that helped inspire a multimillion-dollar company.

Not just a summer beach venue, Half Moon Bay hosts an annual Art and Pumpkin Festival in October to welcome the Fall months with a heartwarming and seasonal celebration.

With perfect weather no matter the time of day or the time of year, many of Half Moon Bay’s signature views have no off-season as they are located at their pristine beaches and wildlife abundant parks.

Where We Would Stay: The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Experience all that the Bay-Area has to offer at The Ritz Carlton while enjoying its stunning views both inside and out. California beaches right outside the window, farm fresh food in the convenient restaurants, and rooms styled after the local surroundings, The Ritz Carlton keeps the laid-back and easy-going atmosphere consistent as you return from or prepare for your sunny adventures around town. You can take a short walk to either of the championship golf courses that appeal to players of any skill-level. Leave the frustration at home as the tranquil tee boxes and glowing greens of each hole will leave you happy about something being sub-par. If the sun and waves become too much, the revitalizing secluded spa can fill up your day before you snuggle up next to a fire on the Ocean Lawn at night. The perfect getaway for simply anyone, The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay both surrounds and provides unbelievable access to some of California’s most coveted sights.

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