Pescadero State Beach

UPDATE (March 31, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access. The park remains open for locals who wish to walk, hike and bike (in parks with bike trails) in the park, provided they practice social/physical distancing of 6 feet or more. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.

In an effort to prevent visitation surges and help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), State Parks has implemented the following safety measures to date:
  • Closed some parks, meaning all trails and restrooms within these parks are closed.
  • Closed vehicular access at remaining parks, including for off-highway vehicle riding.
  • Closed all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers.
  • Cancelled all events.

A list of closures is available online at The list is dynamic and updated on a regular basis.

Phone Number

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8am to Sunset

* Camping is not available at this park.

Driving Directions to Pescadero SB

The beach is located 14.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway One.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Hiking Trails
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs



DAY USE AREAS (trails, beaches): Open; Please bring cash in exact change to pay fees at self-registration stations. 

RESTROOMS: Open; Please bring soap for handwashing or hand sanitizer. 

PARKING LOTS: All parking lots in San Mateo County-area parks and specific parking lots in Santa Cruz County-area parks are temporarily closed. Click here for the latest updates.  

CAMPGROUNDS: Temporarily Closed



LARGE EVENTS: Temporarily Suspended


California State Parks is taking steps to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As of March 23, 2020, State Parks has temporarily closed vehicular traffic to certain parks experiencing high visitation. This includes all San Mateo County parks. To see a current list of impacted parks, visit For those wishing to take a break in the outdoors, public health officials are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Most importantly, the public is being asked not to congregate in the outdoors.

Campgrounds are temporarily closed as of March 17, 2020. Camping reservation holders will be contacted via email for refunds. Visitor Centers, museums, and park stores are also temporarily closed.

Guided tours, educational programs, and large events are temporarily suspended as of March 14, 2020. Tour reservation holders will be contacted via email for refunds. Special event applications have been suspended until further notice as of March 14, 2020.

As of March 17, 2020, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.

State Parks recommends that everyone follow precautionary guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, public local health agencies, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when recreating in the outdoors. Everyone has the responsibility to “flatten the COVID-19 curve at Parks” by maintaining a social distance of 6 ft. or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If visitors cannot maintain social distancing, they need to leave the park.

For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts, please visit and follow State Parks on its social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visiting Pescadero State Beach

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. The Reserve is a refuge for wildlife such as: blue herons, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes, and skunks.

Basic Park Information

DOGS are prohibited on the beach and in the Natural Preserve at all times. Where Can I Take My Dog

COLLECTING is not permited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood, and other natural beach features.

FIRES are not allowed. 

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.

FIREWORKS are prohibited.


Wedding & Special Events Permits
(650) 726-8819

Film & Photography Permits: For information on obtaining these permits please contact the park directly.

PARKING & FACILITIES: There are 3 parking lots on the western side of Highway 1 with beach access.

Northern Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot
Beach Access: The sandy beach is accessible from two locations in the parking lot. 
Facilities/Activities: Single restroom.  No running water.
Fees: There is an $8 parking fee which is payable daily upon entry to the park.  Only US currency and checks are accepted.
To pay for a parking permit when a parking attendant is not present you must locate the “Pay Here” sign in the parking lot.  Follow the instructions on the sign.  Fill out the self-registration envelope, include payment and tear off the top stub.  Leave the top stub visible on the dashboard of your vehicle and place the envelope into the deposit slot.  Park Rangers will confirm payment.

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve and Central Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot
Beach Access: The rocky beach is accessible at the southern end of the parking lot by the way of a narrow stairway. 
Marsh Access: There is a wooden stair case on the eastern side of the parking lot which will take you a pedestrian walkway along the Highway One Bridge.  Once you walk across the Highway One bridge, access the marsh by walking under the bridge from the beach.  Crossing Highway One on foot is not recommended.  
Facilities/Activities: Single restroom.  No running water.  Free guided marsh walking tours on the 1st Sunday at 10am and the 3rd Sunday at 1pm of every month (weather permitting).

Southern Pescadero Beach Access Parking Lot ( Located at the intersection of Highway One and Pescadero Creek Road)
Beach Access: The rocky beach is accessible from the northern end of the parking lot by stairs
Facilities/Activities: Two restrooms.  No running water. Two picnic tables.  No barbeque pits.


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