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Pescadero State Beach is located off Highway 1, on the central coast of California. It is about 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and about 34 miles north of Santa Cruz.


The beach area is known for its scenic beauty, including rocky cliffs, tide pools, and long stretches of sand. Visitors come to Pescadero State Beach to enjoy:

  • Sightseeing: The picturesque setting is ideal for photography and sightseeing, with views of the Pacific Ocean and its diverse wildlife.
  • Wildlife: The nearby Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve offers a habitat for a large number of bird species and is a popular spot for bird-watching.
  • Tide Pools: At low tide, the beach reveals tide pools where you can observe marine life such as sea anemones, crabs, and starfish.
  • Fishing: The beach is a popular spot for fishing; however, make sure to check local regulations and obtain the necessary licenses.

Camping Information

  • Camping Availability: There is no camping allowed directly at Pescadero State Beach. However, nearby state parks and campgrounds offer camping facilities.
  • Nearby Campgrounds: Butano State Park, located a few miles inland, has a campground with tent and RV sites. Reserve sites in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Facilities and Services

  • Parking: There are parking lots provided near the beach access points, which may require a fee.
  • Restrooms: Basic restrooms are available for day-use visitors.
  • Accessibility: Some areas of the beach might be accessible, although the rugged nature of the coastline can pose challenges for those with mobility impairments.

Safety and Regulations

  • Swimming: The waters off Pescadero State Beach can be very cold and dangerous. Rip currents and rogue waves are common, so swimming is not advised.
  • Wildlife: Do not disturb the wildlife or remove any marine life from the tide pools.
  • Fire Regulations: Fires may be prohibited or restricted. Always check current regulations before planning a beach fire.
  • Leave No Trace: Pack out all trash and belongings to preserve the natural beauty of the beach.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve: Just across Highway 1 from the beach, this preserve offers trails and opportunities for bird-watching and nature study.
  • Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park: A short drive up the coast, this park offers views of a historic lighthouse and potential whale-watching opportunities.


For the latest information on Pescadero State Beach, including any advisories, fees, or changes in regulations, it's best to check the California State Parks official website or contact the park directly. Always prepare for variable weather conditions and bring appropriate gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

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