Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away from other communities on the West Coast. Bordered by rocky ocean bluffs and mountains, Pacifica is known for it’s biking, hiking and most of all surfing. Beginner surfers can catch a wave at Pacifica State Beach, while Rockaway Beach is one of the best surfing locations around, and one of the cleanest beaches in the area. Families will also delight in the several nearby shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, don’t miss a stop at Sharp Park for its pebbled beach and large crashing waves.
Pacifica CA provides a wide range of recreational opportunities from surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, fishing and paragliding, to hiking, bird watching and cycling. Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life. Watch the sunset from the expansive beaches, or breathe the fresh air from the hilltop peaks. Visit beautiful Pacifica CA! For a list of all the great area beaches, click here.
Weather – When to visit Pacific
Average temperatures in Pacifica vary little. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Pacifica, the hottest months are July thru September. The warmest time of year is generally late August to early September where highs are regularly around 78°F with temperatures rarely dropping below 57°F at night. The busiest time for tourism in Pacifica, CA, is June thru August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance.
Pacifica CA Attractions
San Pedro Valley Park
A vast area embracing the middle and south forks of San Pedro Creek, which are Steelhead spawning grounds, this park is nestled amongst the Santa Cruz Mountain range and the foothills of Pacifica. The park offers group picnic areas, family picnic sites with barbecue pits, a self-guided nature trail, hiking trails, a visitor center, and views of the picturesque, seasonal Brooks Water Fall.
Pacifica State Beach
This long and wide sandy beach is backed by dunes for the northern half. The tall point north of the beach is called Rockaway Point and has hiking trails that meander through the hills to various viewpoints above Rockaway Beach. Surfers in wetsuits are a common sight here. There is a paved multi-use trail that runs behind the beach and stretches far north for bikers to enjoy.
Rockaway Beach is a popular brown colored sandy beach in Pacifica, CA. Right next to the beach are restaurants and hotels so you can spend the day or even a weekend here. There are hiking trails to explore on the rocky point south of the beach and on Mori Point north of the beach.
Mori Point is an open space on a high bluff in Pacifica that was acquired by the National Park Service in 2004. Since then the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has turned this into an urban destination for hiking and taking in 360 degree coastal and city views.
Sharp Park Beach
Sharp Park Beach is located along Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, CA. The park is a narrow strip of land with grass and picnic tables and benches above the sandy beach.
Things to do in Pacifica
Called one of the best tours in the world! This excursion has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, two beaches and weathered bluffs. Starting from flat Rockaway Beach, ride through a rock quarry and wildlife area, climb twelve switchbacks up Strawberry Hill. See wildflowers, historical sites, surfers and more. Telephone: 650-355-8655 Web: Silicon Segway
University of Surfing
University of Surfing has been teaching since 2004. Their amazing crew of Instructors are all experienced teachers that are patient, kind, knowledgeable, local and safe! They use the right gear at the right tide and fully licensed and insured. Telephone: 650-703-2653 Web: University of Surfing
Pacifica Paddle Sports
They use only high quality, well maintained gear, and ensure that each customer is fitted to the most comfortable and efficient boat. Their sea kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and canoes offer a unique perspective of the coastal shorelines, with access to destinations that larger boats can’t reach. Telephone: 250-665-7411 Web: Pacifica Paddle Sports
Moonspinner Sailing is a private yacht company offering Whale Watches, Afternoon Sails and Sunset Sails on a beautiful 45′ Lagoon catamaran yacht. Moonspinner is the premier yacht for viewing the Mavericks contest in comfort and luxury. Telephone: 650-787-9263 Web: Moonspinner Sailing
Since 2002, the Boardsports team has offered kite boarding, windsurfing, and SUP stand up paddling instruction, rentals, and retail sales. With exclusive teaching rights at two of the best beach locations in Alameda & San Mateo, they assure you the best lesson and gear buying experience in the Bay Area. Telephone: 415-385-1224 Web: Boardsports California
Best Restaurants in Pacifica
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$$ – $$$ Nick’s Rockaway
Nick’s Dining Room offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in a relaxed atmosphere with extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean. Fresh seafood is always available and their extensive menu is sure to contain something for everyone. The best crab sandwich can be found here! Nick’s bar and lounge is open daily for cocktails and appetizers and features live music and dancing on the weekends. Telephone: 650-359-3599 Web: Nick’s Rockaway
$$ – $$$ Puerto 27
The talented Executive Chef at Puerto 27, Jose Calvo-Perez is a San Francisco native. While in high school, Jose aquired his passion for food as he worked alongside his father at their San Francisco Fresca restaurant, from there it’s history. Come enjoy the ornate dishes, delicious cerviches, an exquisite infusion of international flavors rooted on his Peruvian heritage with beautiful views of the Linda Mar Beach. Telephone: 650-733-7343 Web: Puerto 27
Under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Yeafoli, the restaurant features classic seafood cuisine with a modern twist with a selection of local California wines, beers and Pacifica-inspired cocktails. The best clam chowder and a happy hour starting at 4:30 each afternoon. Telephone: 650-359-1245 Web: Moonraker
$$$$ La Costanera
Perched on Montara Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean, La Costanera is a contemporary Peruvian restaurant serving coastal cuisine of Latin America. Experience the culinary richness of Peru at La Costanera, a modern Peruvian fusion restaurant. Telephone: 650-728-1600 Web: La Costanera
$$ – $$$ Original Joe’s Westlake
Original Joe’s Westlake continues to prepare unpretentious, old-school Italian-American fare in an open kitchen for all to see. A few old-time favorites are showcased on the menu, including Steak ala Bruno, Calamari Steak Dore and house-made raviolis, now combined with Original Joe’s classics like Eggplant Parmigiana, Joe’s Italian Chopped Salad and Prime Rib French Dip. Telephone: 650-755-7400 Web: Original Joe’s Westlake
Best Pacifica Nightlife
A Grape in the Fog
A Grape in the Fog is a charming wine bar in Pacifica, California, where we celebrate the best of coastal living and lovely boutique wines from,around the world. Located one block from Rockaway Beach, they boast a constantly changing wine menu available by the glass, flight or bottle. Telephone: 650-484-5850 Web: A Grape in the Fog
Longboard Margarita Bar
They specialize in an array of delicious margaritas using fresh ingredients including fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and our fresh fruit purees made in house. Along with our margaritas, we offer 11 beers on tap as well as a full bar to meet any taste. They provide live entertainment every weekend ranging from 70’s and 80’s rock and popular music to all of today’s favorite hits. Telephone: +1 650-738-5905 Web: Longboard Margarita Bar
Winters Tavern is all about the music. Featuring all types of original music from national and international touring bands to local Bay Area talent ranging from bluegrass to metal, jazz to hardcore punk, surf to garage and beyond. They specialize in fresh, local and west coast real micro brews. Telephone: 650-355-6162 Web: Winters Tavern
Stop in and sip a cool cocktail, mingle and groove with live weekend DJs, Wednesday Karaoke and Salsa dancing on Thursdays. Specializing in private parties and events, we offer dancing, cocktails and an all around good time. Telephone: 650-347-7656 Web: Vinyl Room
Bootie was the first club night in the United States dedicated solely to the burgeoning artform of the bootleg mashup — and is now the biggest mashup event in the world, with monthly parties in 8 cities on 3 continents. Mixing and matching every conceivable musical genre, era, and style into one big dance party where everyone feels welcome. Web: Bootie SF
Best Pacifica Hotels
Inn At Rockaway
The Inn at Rockaway is newly renovated inside & out and offers 43 rooms with some views of the Pacific Ocean. Just steps from restaurants and shopping. It is also conveniently located a hop, skip & jump from Rockaway Beach Cove where you’ll find some of the best surfers catching a wave. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Inn At Rockaway.
Holiday Inn Express Pacifica
This oceanfront hotel offers rooms with 40” flat panel TV, premium satellite channels and individual climate control with air conditioner. In room amenities include microwave, fridge, work desk, coffeemaker, iron, hairdryer and free internet service makes your business or leisure trip to Bay Area a home-away from home. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Holiday Inn Express Pacifica.
SF Ocean View Rentals
All accommodations at SF Ocean View Rentals come with a dining area and seating area with a flat-screen TV. Select units feature a balcony or a patio with ocean views. There is also a kitchen, fitted with a dishwasher and oven. A microwave, a toaster and a fridge are also featured, as well as a coffee machine. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the SF Ocean View Rentals.
Pacifica Lighthouse Hotel
The Pacifica Lighthouse Hotel offers 97 spacious rooms and suites, restaurant, swimming pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, meeting rooms and business center. Conveniently located on the property is the Moonraker Restaurant located on the 2nd floor. With beautiful ocean front dining this restaurant provides a perfect setting for romance and a one of a kind experience. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Lighthouse Hotel.
Pacifica Beach Hotel
A luxurious 52 room hotel overlooking Pacifica State Beach, (better known as Linda Mar Beach), from its hillside oasis, The Pacifica Beach Resort features Victorian style architecture, jacuzzi tubs and balconies overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool area. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room visit the Pacifica Beach Hotel.