Pescadero State Beach

UPDATE (May 30, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals 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, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Pescadero State Beach:

What is open now?
The following is open at the park:
  • Very limited parking will be available to the public in the central parking lot.
  • Restrooms will be partially reopened.
  • Trails will be open for access.
  • Visitors to engage in active recreation only.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:

  • The north and south parking lots remain closed.


  • Campgrounds.
  • 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?
Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit

Phone Number

(650) 726-8819

Park Hours

Day-use Area 8am to Sunset

* Camping is not available at this park.

Dogs Allowed?


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

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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