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Description - Pacifica is located just 12 miles south of San Francisco along the scenic coast of the Pacific Ocean. Known for its natural beauty, Pacifica is filled with numerous hiking trails through rolling hills that overlook the ocean surf and forested canyons. Rich in history, beauty and community spirit! Though not your typical golden sandy stretch (the sand is tinged brown from the high iron content), this beach has plenty to interest the naturalist as well as the people watcher. Cormorants, phalaropes, loons, terns and murres fish the waters; shorebirds patrol the beach; songbirds and ducks hang out in the marsh area; hawks and kestrels soar the uplifts and hunt in the woods nearby.

Attractions - Pacifica State Beach is a wide, crescent-shaped beach which marks the northern gateway to the coastline stretching south of San Francisco. The beach is operated by the City of Pacifica's Department of Parks and Beaches.

Recreation - Pacifica State Beach is easily accesable from San Francisco and is a popular place for surfing on miles of beach, beachcombing, swimming and biking.

Climate - This State Beach experiences moderate temperatures year round. Fog is a likely occurrence any day from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or autumn to ensure the best conditions viewing scenery. Occasional clear days during winter and spring occur between weather systems, producing amazing air clarity.

Location - Pacifica State Beach is located just south of San Francisco. This State Beach can be accessed from California State Highway 1 via downtown Pacifica.

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Contact Information:
Bay Area District Headquarters, 250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 4900 , San Francisco, CA, 94134, Phone: 415-330-6300, Fax: 415-330-6312
, badhq@parks.ca.gov

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California Beaches -
San Francisco Bay Area State Parks, Historic Sites and Beaches - The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredibly diverse experiences. It features Mount Diablo State park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and an array of incredible state park sites.

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