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Pescadero State Beach, Half Moon Bay

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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.Characteristics 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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  • This beach is great! If you're in the bay area, and want a beach day, this is the one I'd recommend. It has perfect golden-white sand depending on the part of the beach, and is pretty long, so there w...  more »
  • During our recent visit to California we took a beautiful drive down route 1. Spectacular views that nothing can beat. Parked the car in a lot to take in the breathtaking view. We came back not 5 minu...  more »
  • Definitely stop here! The view is unbelievable! We stopped there on our way to Monterey County. It was exquisite. Beautiful view!  more »

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