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Perched on a breathtaking cliff overlooking the Pacific, with plenty of walking trails
Located on a cliff overlooking the bay, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay is incredibly beautiful. Apart from stunning views, the immediate area offers a variety of outdoor activities, like surfing, swimming, and hiking. Although not much else is within walking distance, plenty of wining and dining options are just a short drive away in downtown Half Moon Bay.
Situated on the Peninsula in the Bay Area, Half Moon Bay is a quaint, rural seaside town about half an hour south of San Francisco. It is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, and dates back to the early 1800s. Lacking a decent public transit system (like much of California), a rental car will probably come in handy when visiting this area. Nearly all of the popular beaches are directly off of Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway). Although the hotel is lacking in the food and drink scene, a few restaurants and bars can be found nearby -- notably Sam's Chowder House and, of course, local wineries.
The romantic 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the Ritz-Carlton name well, offering stunning rooms, a large spa, and beautiful bay views -- though the fog sometimes makes it difficult to get a good glimpse. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has excellent outdoor facilities including fire pits facing the ocean and a manicured 18-hole golf course. Rooms are spacious, elegant, yet simple, with beautiful marble bathrooms and quaint shutters covering windows. Fire pit rooms come with -- you guessed it -- cozy outdoor fire pits looking out onto the rocky coast. But the on-site restaurants lack "wow " factor and are expensive, and the indoor pool is lackluster.