Pescadero State Beach

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Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero beach.JPG
LocationSan Mateo County, California
Nearest cityPescadero, California
Coordinates37°15′43″N 122°24′48″W / 37.26194°N 122.41333°W / 37.26194; -122.41333Coordinates: 37°15′43″N 122°24′48″W / 37.26194°N 122.41333°W / 37.26194; -122.41333
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation
 
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Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero beach.JPG
LocationSan Mateo County, California
Nearest cityPescadero, California
Coordinates37°15′43″N 122°24′48″W / 37.26194°N 122.41333°W / 37.26194; -122.41333Coordinates: 37°15′43″N 122°24′48″W / 37.26194°N 122.41333°W / 37.26194; -122.41333
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation


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.

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.

Pescadero marsh located across Highway 1 from the middle and northern beaches

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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.

Many of the common birds of rocky northern California shorelines are seen here; a particularly interesting one is the Black Oystercatcher.

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.

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