Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero State Beach
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Christine D
Clarence Center, NY103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We were traveling with a family member who is a geologist. This beach has lots of interesting rocks to view. There were very few people, possibly due to the cool weather. It was lovely, with gorgeous flowers and so much to look at!
Written 8 June 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,086 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is one of the beaches we stopped at as we were headed out for our hike. The view from up on the ridge was lovely. Foggy day so few people around.
Written 19 July 2021
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA1,863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I've been here before and was just here again today.

A bit chilly and windy, this beach has so much beauty and character. Paths, rocks, seashells, tide pools, crabs, harbor seals, and more.

Pescadero State Beach is a great little place to visit another world.
Written 2 June 2021
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Lies along Pacific Coastline, Pescadero State Beach is reachable via State Route 1. It is about a mile-long shoreline connecting to San Gregorio and Pomponio state beaches. During low tides and calm waters, you can do your 10K steps challenge and walk the long beach, but remember, never turn your back on the ocean. There are rocky cliffs to walk up (not to rock-climb) and see the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. I see people walking on the offshore rocks and combing the tide pools. ‘though we didn’t see any fishing activity during this visit, fishing must be a fun thing to do here. Afterall, Pescadero in Spanish means “the place to fish”. Quickly, many do their photo shootings and bird-watching right above the parking areas without going down the shore. There are a few picnic tables, only good to use on a clear sky. Weather changes quickly in this place; with strong winds, king tides, constant salt-sprays blowing, fogs etc can deem the picnic area unsafe and unusable. Be careful of aggressive seagulls. Remember to pack it in and pack it out. Do not feed the birds. This place is a nature preserve along with Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, host to a natural marsh and wetlands for native wildlife and plants to flourish.

Per the locals, drone not allowed here for the safety of both human and wildlife. No camping. No beach fires. No dogs allowed. Beach access is next to any of the 3 parking sites. North of the parking area, look for the self-registered parking fee kiosk. Touch Nothing. Take Nothing. Beach-coming is not allowed here, given the unpredictable high surf condition of this area. Please avoid taking any natural beach treasures such as sea shells, beach glass, driftwood, and so on.

Just a warning: on Jan 10, 2021, a day before our visit, a couple were swept away by the strong wave while busy looking for mussels on the rocks here in Pescadero State Beach. The man was rescued and the woman remained missing. Everything is much easier to see in hindsight. Armor yourself with safety common sense. Watch out for high surf and king tide warnings. Check out weather conditions prior to visit.
Written 13 January 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA2,00,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
We enjoyed a nice walk at Pescadero State Beach. We stayed long enough to enjoy the sunset. There were others there walking on the rocks, and watching the sunset.
Written 10 December 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a truly beautiful beach and one that we stopped at on our short tour of the area. We did not surf, but that was possible. Lots of space to spread out. On a hot day, it is very busy.
Written 25 August 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA2,00,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We had a fun time taking a walk on the beach at Pescadero State Beach. Its a very beautiful area with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean.
Written 15 August 2020
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Ginger H
Acampo, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Family
The Pescadaro beach is a beautiful place to take your family for the day. There are bluffs you can hike, long stretches of sandy shore to walk... find shells and see the sea life... we go several times a year to this area... and never are disappointed.
Written 28 April 2020
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Dianne J
Grass Valley, CA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had never been to this part of the California coast before. From Half Moon Bay south it is amazingly beautiful. Very rural which was pleasantly surprising and no crowds.
Written 5 March 2020
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tim p
Milwaukee, WI181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
was worth the $10 entry fee and parking to visit this beach. areas for families to pitch tents, fly kites and grill food. loved it.
Written 2 March 2020
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