Pacifica Beaches

Linda Mar Beach (Pacifica State Beach)
Rockaway Beach   Sharp Park Beach

Linda Mar Beach
(Pacifica State Beach)


Highway 1, Pacifica, CA
San Mateo County
Pacifica State Beach is operated by the City of Pacifica and is more commonly known as Linda Mar Beach.

Beach Hours

Daylight Savings Time Hours: 5:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Winter Hours:
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Pacifica Parks, Beaches & Recreation (650) 738-7381
Entrance fee: None

Main Attractions

  • Surfing
  • Sun bathing
  • Dog walking (on leash)


  • Parking
  • Restrooms with women's changing room
  • Outdoor showers
  • Recreational Trail

Hazards Include

  • Rip currents

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.


  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Coastside Trail

Special Regulations

  • Dogs on leash allowed on beach
  • No alcohol or glass containers
  • No fires or BBQ grills on beach

Half Moon Bay Tides

Tides.Info: Tide Predictions for Princeton, Half Moon Bay, California

Water Quality

San Mateo County Health System Water Quality Updates

Nearby Beaches

  • Montara State Beach, 4.5 miles south
  • Half Moon Bay beaches, 11 miles south
  • Ocean Beach, 10 miles north


Pacifica Web Cam,

From the Pier

Linda Mar Beach

Call it Linda Mar or call it Pacifica State Beach, it is still the most popular beach in Pacifica. Convenience and good surfing account for most of its popularity. Located adjacent to Highway 1, the beach is easy to find. A coastal trail stretches along the beachfront, providing access from one end to the other.

Restrooms and outdoor showers are centrally located. One attraction noted by most visitors is the Taco Bell restaurant located right there in the parking lot. Beach-goers find it handy to stroll up to the take-out window, order food, and then carry it back onto the beach. Across Highway 1 are Donut Time, Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, and several other eateries.

Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica, CA

Linda Mar (Pacifica) Beach

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach has the feel of a secluded little coastal community, far from any major city, when in fact San Francisco is only a few miles to the north. The narrow beach is anchored by high bluffs at either end. Rock embankments have been set in place along the shoreline to prevent further erosion.

When the surf is up it can be busy with surfers and spectators, but often the beach is far less crowded than its neighbor to the south. With a steep drop-off, the water can be dangerous for wading or swimming. It's a great place to pick up a cup of coffee and a snack in town at Pacific Java Cafe and relax on the beach. Parking lots are located at either end of the beach. Restrooms with showers are at the southern parking lot. Dogs on leash are allowed on the beach.

Coastal Trail

The Coastal Trail connects Rockaway Beach with Linda Mar Beach a mile to the south. The switchbacks south of Rockaway beach lead to a bluff with great views of the area. The trail north extends to Sharp Park.

Pacifica State Beach, Pacifica, CA

Portions of Linda Mar Beach are rocky underfoot.

Pacifica State Beach map, CA

Rockaway Beach map, CA

Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

Rockaway Beach

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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