Pacifica State Beach

Quick Facts

Pacifica State Beach


(650) 738-7381

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Pacifica State Beach is the southernmost of Pacifica, California's large beaches, it is 0.75 mile long crescent shaped beach located at the mouth of the San Pedro Valley in downtown Pacifica off State Route 1.

Pacifica State Beach is one of the most popular beginner surfing spots in the San Francisco area, among surfers it is frequently known as Linda Mar Beach, because it fronts Pacifica's Linda Mar subdivision. It is a California State Beach managed by the City of Pacifica through an operating agreement with California State Parks.

Pacifica State Beach provides habitat for the Western Snowy Plover, a shorebird which is designated as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Map of Pacifica State Beach (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.633389, -122.494205



  • Hiking

    A recreational trail travels along the ocean.

  • Picnicking

    Although the park has no developed picnic areas, picnics on the beach are always fun. Restrooms are available.

  • Water Sports

    The beach is very popular with surfers. This beach hosts several surf camps.


The weather can be changeable with warm, sunny yet fog-laden summer conditions (50's-80's F) and cooler, damper winter conditions (30's-60's F); layered clothing is recommended.

Park Partners

California State Parks Foundation

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With their 120,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $170 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 278 state parks--the largest state park system in the United States.

(415) 262-4400

University of Surfing

University of Surfing is dedicated to providing and documenting the best surfing experience possible.

(650) 359-1425



The beach is located off Highway 1 in downtown Pacifica. From San Francisco: Highway 1 South - Exit Paloma/Francisco Blvd. From Half Moon Bay: Take Highway 1 North - Exit Oceana Blvd.


The closest major airport to Pacifica SB is San Francisco International Airport, approximately 6 miles away. From there, myriad car rental services are available, ranging from Alamo to National and beyond. For more information, call 650-821-8211.

Public Transportation

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) offers bus, rail, and ferry routes throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including in and through Pacifica. For more infromation on fares and scheduling, call 415-989-2278.

Phone Numbers


(650) 738-7381