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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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  • Definitely stop here! The view is unbelievable! We stopped there on our way to Monterey County. It was exquisite. Beautiful view! 
  • A nice state beach but very busy. There's a lot of activity here, so if you are looking to get away from it all, this isn't the place. Weekends are especially busy. 
  • We came here while on a family vacation in the Half Moon Bay area. This is a very long wide beach with high bluffs. Nice to take a long walk on and watch the ocean, birds and sea life. There is a grad...  more »