Informal elegance characterizes The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, a 261-room property perched on the edge of the Pacific in a bucolic landscape about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. With two 18-hole golf courses (both on property) and a fabulous spa, Half Moon Bay is a great choice for top-tier incentive groups looking for an upscale resort experience plus easy access to city attractions. Our group of 30 meeting planners got a taste of a typical incentive program: two theme parties complete with props and period sets; a tour of the beautiful Half Moon Bay coast and lunch at a local winery; and a choice of activities that ranged from kayaking to shopping. Along with the expected Ritz-Carlton luxuries, the resort has more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and high-speed Internet access in every guest room.