EXPLORE THE VERY BEST OF HALF MOON BAY WITH A HORSEBACK RIDING OR SURFING EXCURSION NEAR THE RESORT
Once known as Spanishtown, Half Moon Bay is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, California. Its intriguing history dates back nearly 200 years, to the Spanish land grants of the 1840s; the town also played a prominent role in the foundation of the Ocean Shore Railroad and the colorful exploits of 1930s-era rumrunners.
Today, Half Moon Bay is one of the area's most vibrant seaside communities, with picturesque beaches and an abundance of thrilling outdoor activities. Horseback riding, surfing and hiking are among the more popular pastimes here, highlighting the town's enthralling coastal climate.
Incorporated in 1959, modern Half Moon Bay offers visitors an endless variety of activities. Half Moon Bay consists of five distinct regions that combine to make it a diverse and unique destination experience. The Coastal Region, where the resort resides, offers world class beaches, surfing, horseback riding and oceanfront dining. Historic Main Street offers dining, art and shopping. The Pumpkin Region (Half Moon Bay is home to one of the largest pumpkin festivals in the world occurring every October) offers organic fruit stands, wine tasting, farms and glass blowing. The Redwood Region allows our guests to hike, bike or horseback ride amongst the awe-inspiring Northern California scenery. Finally, the Santa Cruz Mountain Region features more than 70 wineries offering wine tasting right in our backyard. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay resort offers a distinct destination for Northern California Coast vacations, situated 23 miles from the San Francisco airport and the San Francisco Bay Area.