Half Moon Bay, California Photos and Information

Half Moon Bay is San Mateo County's premier beach resort -- Driving north from Santa Cruz, stop and gaze at the coast where beautiful plateaus are mounted on cliffs perched above beaches in locations such as Pescadero. As your eyes scan the hilltops in the distance, you catch a glimpse of something so different that it causes you to ponder whether you are looking at a huge castle or mansion of incredible stature. 


What you are seeing is the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, a coastal resort years in the planning that celebrated its grand opening several years ago. While few said it was over-rated, the majority sang its praises, ranking it high for location, excellent service  and the on-site golf course reminiscent of Scottish greens.


Half Moon Bay is conveniently located in San Mateo County 20 miles south of San Francisco and not far from San Jose-Silicon Valley where over a million people reside.  Activities include fishing, whale watching cruises from Pillar Point Harbor, horseback riding, kite surfing, golf and more. This coastal paradise is just down the road south of Pacifica and South San Francisco and enjoys the weekend traffic from Bay Area residents seeking nearby vacation getaways.


Those who want to look at beautiful Ritz-Carlton can park in a public lot and access paths that parallel the golf course along the edge of the coastal cliffs. A warning sign alerts pedestrians to beware of high-flying golf balls straying from the course.  As you pass by the edge of the greens and breathe a sigh of relief, you reach a path that leads to a set of steps descending to a cove and small, sandy beach. 


What's simply charming about Half Moon Bay are its people. They somehow seemed to escape the hands of time that took a toll on the rest of California and those living the frantic pace over the hills in Burlingame, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. When you visit the beautiful beach town, you'll appreciate the surroundings that keep people happy.


Home to the famed Mavericks surf contest, the surfing culture in Half Moon Bay is authentic California. While other cities brag about their surfing, you get the impression when visiting that those who don't talk about have a reason...they like to keep the secret that this is one of the best spots east of Hawaii for waves. During the big wave contest, the waves have been recorded over 50 feet!


Half Moon Bay includes several Beach Hotels. A variety of resources provide a glimpse in to this charming city located in San Mateo County. Among the county landmarks and population data you will find that Half Moon Bay has a Farmer's Market, Golf Resorts at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay and harbors  & marinas for pleasure craft and fishing expeditions.


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