8:00am to Sunset
Camping not available at this park
Bean Hollow State Beach
8:00am to Sunset
Dogs are allowed on the beach on leash.
Driving Directions to Bean Hollow SBOn the San Mateo Coast, Bean Hollow is 17.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and three miles south of Pescadero on Highway One.
Online reservations are not available for this park.
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Nature & Wildlife Viewing
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California State Parks Backpacking Adventures offers naturalist-led backpacking trips through the Santa Cruz Mountains each summer. Online registration opens March 1 at 9am.
Artists, we have a special backpacking trip option for you: the Big Basin Artabout! Ten artists will be chosen to particpate in the first backpacking trip in Big Basin since the CZU Lightning Complex Fire on June 3-4, 2023. Artists will recieve a $2500 stipend and will create an artistic piece in the medium of their choice inspired by the trip to be displayed in the park! The deadline to apply is April 28, 2023. For more information, visit the Big Basin Artabout website.
Visiting Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach encompasses a one mile stretch of San Mateo Coast shoreline with two parking lots: Pebble Beach and Bean Hollow Beach. Pebble Beach is aptly name for the rounded, ocean-polished rocks that make up its shore. Collecting of any kind – including pebbles – is prohibited. Bean Hollow Beach features a small, sandy cove flanked by rocky tide pools.
The two beaches are connected by the Arroyo de los Frijoles Trail that runs one mile from Pebble Beach to Bean Hollow. Interpretive panels along the trail allow visitors to enjoy a self-guided tour.
Each beach offers a multitude of activities including fishing, picnicking, and beachcombing. Visitors can explore tide pools, home to anemones, crabs, sea urchins, and other marine inhabitants. Please only observe; do not touch or disturb the tide pools.
Swimming is dangerous because of cold water, rip currents, and heavy surf.
Pebble Beach is located half a mile south of Pescadero. The parking lot has chemical toilets and stairs that go down to the beach.
Bean Hollow State Beach, located one mile south of Pescadero, has a small parking lot with picnic tables and chemical toilets.
Basic Park Information
DOGS are permitted and must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
BEACH FIRES are not allowed.
COLLECTING is prohibited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.
FIREWORKS are prohibited.
DRONES are not allowed in the park. To protect wildlife and cultural resources, and for the safety and welfare of visitors and staff, the park is closed to the use of Model Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and Gliders in flight.
CAMPING is not available at this park. Nearby state park campgrounds include Half Moon Bay State Beach and Butano State Park.
WATER is NOT available in the park.
OCEAN SAFETY – Always use caution when you are in or near the ocean. The ocean water is very cold year-round. Even a short swim can cause cramps or hypothermia (a life-threatening condition which occurs when your body temperature drops before normal). In addition, strong rip currents can pull even the most experienced swimmers offshore.
PERMITS are required for all events and weddings. A photography permit is required for all commercial photography.
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