California | Half Moon Bay

Located approximately 30 minutes south of San Francisco in the Bay Area, Half Moon Bay boasts an unrivaled combination of charm and natural beauty.

Stroll through the picturesque old fashioned town with its quaint craft alleys, galleries, antique barns, floral boutiques and sidewalk cafés.

Half Moon Bay is filled with local cafes and bakeries, Oceanside restaurants, cozy pubs as well as award winning restaurants. There really is a choice for everyone.

There are many beautiful Northern California beaches and parks in the Half Moon Bay area. Being located along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, you'll have no trouble finding places to explore during your trip to the coast.

There are two beautiful golf courses set one the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean with breathtaking views and where ocean breezes inspire the senses and the game.

While Napa Valley is a popular choice for wine tasting, a more intimate, yet equally notable, experience can be had just south of our Half Moon Bay. The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to more than 70 vineyards and wineries from labels including David Bruce, Bonny Doon and Cinnabar.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay



Situated just outside Half Moon Bay, 30 miles south of San Francisco, the resort holds a wonderful position and is within easy reach of San Francisco International Airport.


This world-class resort, designed to resemble the grand seaside lodges of the 19th century, combines elegant, stylish accommodation with superb dining and excellent service. The 261 guestrooms include 50 rooms in the guesthouses and 22 suites. Two thirds of the rooms have breathtaking ocean views.


  • Navio: seafood and Pacific Rim menu
  • The Conservatory Lounge
  • ENO: wine, cheese and chocolate bar
  • The Ocean Terrace: al fresco dining and drinks
  • Indoor pool
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa
  • Two 18 hole golf courses
  • Six tennis courts
  • Basketball court
  • Surfing lessons
  • Coastal jogging path
  • Ritz Kids: kids club

    From £166 per person per night based on twin occupancy of a Standard View room. Other room categories available on request.


    4th Night Free January 1st 2014 to March 31st 2016.

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    Western Explorer

    15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

    Begins and ends in Vancouver


    Year round


    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation (days 3 to 15).
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Ferry crossings as shown


    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel, where you will spend the first two nights of your adventure.
    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Vancouver


    We’ve included a full free day for you to explore Vancouver, and there is plenty to keep you entertained! Visit Stanley Park covering over a thousand acres, historic Gastown, with its myriad of shopping and dining options, and perhaps take a trip out of the city to Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This cosmopolitan city has great nightlife too for the young, or young at heart.
    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Vancouver


    Driving distance: 78Mi/125Km
    This morning collect your rental car and commence your journey of discovery. Today’s short but beautiful drive takes you along the scenic Sea to Sky highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way included Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock, where climbers all over the world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the heart of the alpine valley. With so many activities whether you’re travelling in winter or summer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 
    Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler


    Driving distance: 97Mi/156Km
    The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful areas of British Columbia and today's adventure showcases it perfectly. Take the short drive to Horseshoe Bay, where you board the ferry to Langdale. From here you wind your way along the coastline, enjoying the amazing views as you go. Once in Half Moon Bay, there are so many choices to keep you busy. Take a kayak or boat tour onto the water, hike or bike the trails, explore the quaint villages and unique stores or take a floatplane ride for bird's-eye views.
    Hotel: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort


    Driving distance: 51Mi/83Km
    Retrace your footsteps to Langdale this morning, where you board the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay.  From here, you'll  take the ferry across the channel to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Just a short drive north brings you to Parksville, your base for the next two nights, where your beachfront hotel is conviently located to explore the area's delights. 
    Hotel: The Beach Club Resort

    DAYS 10 & 11 TOFINO

    Driving distance: 105Mi/169Km
    It's a scenic journey from the east coast to the west, through the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains and majestic Sutton Pass. Stop off at Sproat Lake, home to the world's two largest water-bombers which are used for the sole purpose of extinguishing forest fires. Also take a stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of the 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. Tofino is the gateway to the majestic Pacific Rim National Park. Take a stroll along famed Long Beach, boasting miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf. During your stay, explore the rainforests' well groomed trails or take a whale watching cruise through Clayquot Sound. Your cruise will reveal sensational views and wildlife, which may include grey whales, sea lions, porpoises and a variety of birds such as tufted puffins and the resident bald eagle.
    Hotel: Wickaninnish Inn

    DAYS 12 & 13 VICTORIA

    Driving distance: 197Mi/317Km
    Today your drive takes you to the south of Vancouver Island and to its capital city, Victoria. En route we suggest a stop at Chemanius, where you can admire the giant murals adorning exterior walls throughout the town, and Duncan, known as The City of Totems. Once in Victoria, explore the imposing facades of the Parliament Buildings, St Ann's Academy and nearby Butchart Botanical Gardens. The historic old town is ideal for soaking up Victoria's atmosphere, visiting the myriad of boutiques, museums, galleries and cafes.
    Hotel: The Fairmont Empress


    Driving distance: 74Mi/119Km
    This morning you leave Victoria for a short and leisurely drive to Swartz Bay, where you make the return 95 minute crossing to Tsawwassen on the mainland. This afternoon you have the opportunity to experience the attractions of Vancouver you didn't manage to see at the start of your itinerary.
    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Vancouver


    Today you return your car rental to Vancouver International Airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.


    From £2135 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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