Introduction to Pacifica, California
Pacifica, California, in San Mateo county, is 5 miles SW of South San Francisco, California (center to center) and 11 miles S of San Francisco, California. It's bordered by the scenic Pacific Ocean and bluffs on the west and Sweeney Ridge to the east. The municipality features several scenic valleys. 50% of the city is dedicated open space. The community consists of numerous distinct neighborhoods. Residents can easily commute to San Francisco. The residents have majestic views.
The area was inhabited by the Ohlone and Costanoan Indians. Beginning in 1603 Mexican settlers created ranches in the area. In 1842 the Sanchez Adobe was constructed. Limestone removed from the Rockaway Beach area was transported by the Ocean Shore Railroad to help rebuild San Francisco after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The city was incorporated in 1957 by combining nine unincorporated communities.
- The Sanchez Adobe is a good example of Spanish era architecture and is a National Register Historic District.
- The Shelldance is a prominent bromeliad nursery.
- Fog Fest includes arts and crafts, a variety of entertainment and attracts a large crowd.
- Prime Time Pacifica.
- The Pacifica Spindrift Players perform a variety of plays.
- Sanchez Art Center.
- Coastside Farmer's Market.
Pacifica is a well known surfing location with Pacifica State Beach/Linda Mar Beach attracting a large number of surfers. The beautiful Rockaway Beach is popular for outdoor activities, dining and shopping. Nick's Seafood Restaurant is regarded as a Pacifica landmark. The city is a great place for mountain biking due to the numerous trails that traverse through the hillsides. Sweeney Ridge, located in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area is a major location for mountain bike riders. The beaches and Pacifica Pier are excellent fishing locations.
Hiking along the scenic beach areas is a popular activity. The hiking trails along the hillsides offer great views of the Pacific Ocean. Mori Point, San Pedro Valley County Park, the Milagra Ridge and Sanchez Adobe are recommended areas for hiking. Bean Hollow State Beach offers fishing, tide pools, areas for picnicking and a nature trail. The Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park is located in a scenic valley and includes a variety of wildlife.
Gray Whale Cove State Beach includes a sheltered cove surrounded by cliffs. Often visitors are fortunate enough to see whales passing by. Half Moon Bay State Beach is a scenic destination and is popular for sunbathing, picnics, fishing and camping. Montara State Beach features tide pools and provides opportunities for surf fishing.
Pescadedro State Beach has scenic coves, tide pools and includes fishing areas. Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve attracts bird watching enthusiasts. Pomponio State Beach, Portola Redwoods State Park and San Gregorio State Beach are notable destinations in the area. The Sharp Park Golf Course is popular with golfers.