Pescadero State Beach, Half Moon Bay

4.6
#3 of 14 in Beaches in Half Moon Bay
Pescadero State Beach is alongside State Route 1, located 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 1.5 miles west of the city of Pescadero in San Mateo County, California.
The beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots and picnic facilities. Across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists.
Three separate parking areas/units: North Pescadero, Middle/Central Pescadero, and South Pescadero. Of the three only North Pescadero has a self-registered parking fee. Considered a self-registered fee area, there is a kiosk which is staffed during summer months. Mile long beach, connects to northern beaches (depends on tide levels - be careful): Pomponio State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach. Nature preserve. The reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kite, deer, raccoon, fox, skunk, barn swallow, and weasel. Changing weather. Always bring a jacket. No dogs on beach. No camping. No beach fires. Includes hiking trails and easy access to the beach. Also hosts a natural marsh and wetlands to the south-east of North Pescadero and the north-east of Middle Pescadero.
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  • Some of the beaches along the coastal road are horrendously busy with trouble parking....but this beach was quiet and had very easy and free parking. Much nicer experience.  more »
  • On the way from San francisco to Monterey we pass Pescadero State Beach. A beautiful stretch of beach
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  • Great place come see for yourself be cautious of the waves never turn your back on the Sea can be lots of fun jus be cautious love it .
  • Stopped by to walk on beach. Sunny day and few people. Beach is lovely with lots of driftwood and birds!!

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