Pacifica’s coastline and peaked trails have beckoned visitors since the Spanish expedition of 1769. Framed by the eastern ridge of the coastal range and the Pacific Ocean on the west, its thriving communities dot its seven miles of sandy waterfront. More than half the land in this small city is protected open space with 1,000 acres belonging to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Numerous city, county and state parks provide panoramic views of this ethereal town and a feeling of spaciousness rarely found in suburban areas. This natural connecting point of beaches, headlands and hills provides a wide range of recreational opportunities from surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, to hiking, birding, cycling and horseback riding. According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life. Pacifica also offers golf, tennis, bowling, archery and loads of team sports. Several miles of coastal and ridge top trails tie Pacifica to neighboring communities. Watch the sunset from our expansive beaches, or a breath of fresh air from our hilltop peaks.
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