Pescadero State Parks on the Beach - Guide to Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero State Beach in Pescadero, California (in San Mateo County)
Pescadero State Beach (meaning "the place to fish" in Spanish) 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.
Shore lines of Pescadero State Beach in Pescadero, 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.
Recreation Activities in Pescadero State Beach
The shoreline at the center and southern parking areas is protected from the ocean waves by offshore rocks with numerous tide pools and areas of open water. This habitat is frequently occupied by both the Stellar Sea Lion and the Harbor Seal. These pinnipeds alternately sun themselves by hauling onto the offshore rocks and sliding back into the water to hunt nearby.
Bird Watching in Pescadero State Beach
Across the highway is Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists. The Reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes, skunks, barn swallow, and weasel.
Many of the common birds of rocky northern California shorelines are seen here; a particularly interesting one is the Black Oystercatcher.
Fishing in Pescadero State Beach
These areas are also often utilized by both fishermen and gatherers of mollusks, primarily mussel. A California State fishing license is required for these activities.
Mile long beach, connects to northern beaches (depends on tide levels
- be careful): Pomponio State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach.
Hiking in in Pescadero State Beach
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.
Changing weather. Always bring a jacket.
No dogs on beach. No camping. No beach fires.
Location of Pescadero State Beach
The Pescadero State Beach is located at 37°15'43"N 122°24'48"W. The beach is located 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway One. Pescadero State Beach can be contacted at 650-879-2170.
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.
Refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.
Fireworks are prohibited.
Considered a self-registered fee area, although there is a kiosk which is staffed during summer months.
Here is a driving map to Pescadero State Beach.
Here is a detailed list of other state beaches of California besides Pescadero State Beach.
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