Sharp Park Beach
Highway 1, Pacifica, CA
San Mateo County
Sharp Park Beach is operated by the City of Pacifica.
4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Beach Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Pacifica Parks, Beaches & Recreation (650) 738-7381
Sharp Park Beach is a quick, 15-minute trip from downtown San Francisco. One of California’s few black sand beaches, Sharp Park Beach gets its charcoal coloring from a high concentration of the iron oxide magnetite. The sand ranges from fine grains inland to pebbles at the water’s edge.
A sea wall prevents waves from breaching Laguna Salada, the nearby freshwater marsh, during heavy winter storms. A beach promenade runs atop the levee for about a half mile as it connects the trails of Mori Point with Pacifica Pier.
The pier is known for some of the Bay Area’s best fishing and crabbing. Summer months see salmon and striped bass, while winter brings the Dungeness crab season. A fishing license is not required to fish from the pier, although one is mandatory for surf fishing at Sharp Park Beach. The Department of Fish and Game monitors catch limits and other rules. Consult a local bait shop or the DFG directly for specific regulations before fishing.
A large picnic area and public restrooms are available near the pier on Beach Boulevard. Adjacent parking is free and plentiful. Dogs are allowed on leash at the beach, although they are prohibited from entering the pier.
Entrance fee: None
- Municipal Pier
- Walking promenade
- Nature trails
- Coastal Trail
- Rip currents
- Coastside Trail
- Dogs on leash allowed on beach, but not on the pier
- No alcohol or glass containers
- No fires or BBQ grills on beach
Linda Mar Beach (Pacifica State Beach)
Linda Mar Beach/Pacifica State Beach
CA-1 and Crespi Dr.
Pacifica, CA, 94044
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Linda Mar Beach is the southernmost of Pacifica’s large beaches. This picturesque, long, crescent-shaped beach is located at the mouth of the San Pedro Valley off the scenic and world famous Pacific Coast Highway.
This classic California beach marks the northern gateway to the coastline stretching south of San Francisco and is widely regarded as the best beach for surfing, kayaking and playing in the Bay Area. A variety of retailers offer rentals of surfboards, kayaks and lessons all year around. Private surf camps for children and adults operate during the summer.
Linda Mar Beach also offers a bike and walking trail along the ocean, restrooms and showers and whale watching in the spring. It is also very popular with dog owners (dogs must be on leash).
Rockaway Beach Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
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Rockaway Beach is located south of the Pacifica Pier along the Pacific Coast Highway. Its narrow strand, crashing surf and dramatic headlands makes it a popular walking, dining, and hotel destination.
Offering the only beachfront hotels between Pacifica and San Francisco, several lovely properties offer comfortable, attractive rooms and suites where guests can hear the sound of the ocean’s rolling waves. On Rockaway Beach, visitors can find hotels, restaurants, quaint shops, featuring the work of local artisans, scenic walking trails and the Pacifica Visitor Information Center, which provides maps, directions, brochures and postcards–everything needed for an enjoyable stay in Pacifica.