Pescadero State Beach

Update (Feb. 5, 2021): With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Limited parking in Central parking lot
  • Select restrooms
  • Trails

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • North parking lot
  • South parking lot
Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. 
  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
    • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS.
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8am to Sunset

* Camping is not available at this park.

Dogs Allowed?

No

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.

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms

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.

PERMITS:

Wedding & Special Events Permits
SMPermits@parks.ca.gov
(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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