Pacifica Travel Guide
Welcome to Pacifica, CA!
A 20-minute scenic drive south of San Francisco is rewarded with the arrival at Pacifica, California. One of the youngest communities in San Mateo County, Pacifica was incorporated in 1957. Unmistakable for its L-shaped quarter-mile-long pier that extends from the city over the Pacific ocean, Pacifica draws visitors for its natural beauty and laid-back, bohemian style. Serene oceanfront accommodations, seafood and Californian restaurants, unique shops and markets are easy to find in the small city, but most residents and visitors don't stay in one spot for long. Classic California beaches along Pacifica's coastline provide a naturally perfect setting for surfing lessons and the area is a well-known destination for catching some waves at annual competitions. The foothills and eastern ridge of the Santa Cruz mountain range offer challenging biking, hiking and horseback riding trails. Because more than half of the land in the city is protected open space, the parks and golf courses give the city a feeling of expansiveness not found in nearby urban centers. Diverse in marine life, some of the best salmon fishing and crabbing in the country can be had at the pier, especially over the summer months. The community celebrates coastal life with music, food, arts and activities at the annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest in September.
Fishermen from all over the Bay area come to Pacifica Pier to try their luck catching crab, salmon, striped bass, kingfish and perch.
Hotels & Motels
The Ocean View Inn is a charming turn of the century inn that is ideally located across from Montara State Beach.