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

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    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.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

    • Top Tip 2

      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

    • Top Tip 3

      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

    • Top Tip 5

      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

    • Top Tip 6

      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

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      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

    • Top Tip 8

      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

    • Top Tip 9

      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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