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Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica

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Pacifica State Beach is the southernmost of Pacifica, California's large beaches, it is a 0.75 mile long crescent shaped beach located at the mouth of the San Pedro Valley in downtown Pacifica off State Route 1, in San Mateo County.
Pacifica State Beach is one of the most popular beginner surfing spots in the San Francisco area. Among surfers it is commonly known as Linda Mar Beach because it fronts Pacifica's Linda Mar subdivision. It is a State Beach managed by the City of Pacifica through an operating agreement with California State Parks. The Taco Bell restaurant on the beach side of the highway is reputed to be the world's most scenic Taco Bell location.
Pacifica State Beach provides habitat for the western snowy plover, a shorebird which is designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Between 1989 and 2005, Pacifica State Beach was the focus of an extensive beach habitat restoration program, in association with the San Pedro Creek flood control and habitat restoration. In 2002, as part of a partnership with the Pacifica Land Trust and the California Coastal Conservancy, this involved a $2.2 million purchase and removal of two ocean side homes and surrounding acreage for the purpose of beach and estuary restoration. This project was identified as a Top Restored Beach by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association in 2005, cited as " example of a well-planned, well-executed coastal project that is the product of cooperative efforts of the local community, state and federal agencies, scientists, engineers and citizens. The complex beach and habitat restoration project involved over 10 regulatory and permitting agencies, funding from eight granting agencies and the active participation of eight environmental groups. It is one of the first beaches to utilize managed retreat as a method of shoreline protection. In addition to beach nourishment, it has restored habitat for four threatened and endangered species and enhanced community access with expanded parking lots, trails and new restrooms. Over 1 million people visit this beach annually".
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  • We stopped by this beach while we were driving down Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Monterey. Easy access from the main road and you can park for free for 30 minutes, which was just enough time for us to....  more »
  • Small beach, big waves and rip currents, no lifeguard. Some surfers. People fishing. Dogs allowed on beach. Not much sand left at high tide. Gorgeous sunset views.  more »
  • This is a great beach to stop at that's close to a strip mall and places to eat. The surf is good in the morning and the water is cold but not too cold. Skim boarding, body boarding, or surfing works great here. You can also fish. There is a nice trail for walking.
  • This was a great beach! The sand was fine and the people were friendly. Also, the Taco Bell is super convenient for food. The event I went for (dog surfing) was super well organized and overall a blast as the dogs were adorable, finding parking wasn't too bad, and it wasn't too crowded!

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