Pacifica Travel Guide

  • Linda Mar or Pacifica State Beach
    Linda Mar or Pacifica State Beach
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Pacifica Things to Do

  • Montara State Beach

    Site of many wedding engagement pictures and even a few movies Montara Beach is a spectacular beach located just south of the City of Pacifica. It is also popular with surfers and those interested in exploring tidal pools. It is also the nearest beach to Devils Slide and the new Tom Landos Tunnels. The beach for years was also referred to as McNee...

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  • Devils Slide Tunnel (Tom Lantos Tunnel)...

    Mention a tunnel in California on Virtual Tourist and most likely all but a few will yawn and look for a more jaw dropping location. Growing up in San Mateo County when my father suggested taking a ride past Devils Slide my mother would immediately utter, "why would we want to go on that unsafe road and fall into the ocean." Needless to say I was...

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  • Pier Fishing

    Great place to go and sightsee. Fish for free from the pier. This place can be packed on the weekends but for the most part. Many local fisherman and woman come here to fish, catch up on their week and just plain have fun. You'll see quite a few "tricked out" fishing gear for example, there is a petite woman with a large roller board bag outfitted...

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Pacifica Restaurants

  • Fantastic Fresh Fish!

    First off Barbara's Fish Trap is not in Pacifica. It is eleven miles south in the tiny town of Princeton, just north of Half Moon Bay. Forty years ago my dad would take my family over to Princeton to have fresh fish at a place a few feet from where the new Barbara's now stands. Sadly that place is gone but Barbara's delivers an absolutely excellent...

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  • The Most Well Situated Taco Bell in the...

    Okay lets be honest. Unless you have small kids or are on a tight budget a Taco Bell is not a place you want to eat or brag about on a trip. However the Taco Bell, owned by Yum Foods, in Pacifica is the only restaurant on Linda Mar or Pacifica State Beach and has an absolutely stunning location.The restaurant sits next to the parking lot for Linda...

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  • Fresh coffee and pastries

    Wonderful coffees, pastries of all types, specialty cakes to order, themed cookies and pies. This is a nice sit down place for coffee and read the local newspaper or watch the world go by, namely the Pacifica traffic. The customer service is excellent here and it can be a long wait depending on the time of day, usually early morning from...

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  • Gourmet food, casual atmosphere, good...

    Some of the most delicious pasta and seafood dishes in the Bay Area, if not the enitre state, are found here at quaint Nona's Kitchen. Tucked away in the Pedro Point area (just past Linda Mar Beach), Nona's master chef (red clogs and all) serves up fine cuisine, freindly casual atmosphere, and the most exquisite baked goods (some of which are sold...

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  • Nick's is a Pacifica home

    Nick's is a little slice of what is truly Pacifica. Stop in on your drive down Hwy 1. Our Rotary Club has functions here a couple times a year. The view.

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  • Don't miss NIcks!!

    Great dining here for breakfast, lunch or dinner!! Located right across from the beach giving you a great view to accompany your meal. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are always welcomed. They have a bar area and dance floor. Nicely decorated and the staff are always cheerful and wonderful at recommending something from the menu. My...

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Pacifica Transportation

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    Samtrans

    by dovalyn Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Samtrans is the mode of transportation in and around Pacifica. Bus schedules are frequent during the early morning and afternoons and less infrequent in the evening.
    Riding on Samtrans along the coast is a wonderful experience as the bus takes you on a peaceful ride through it's busy little town. Bike racks are available on most of the buses.

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Pacifica Warnings and Dangers

  • FOG!

    Like its famous neighbor to the north, Pacifica is beset with fog for a good many days of the year. There are essentially two types of fog that you see in Pacifica. The first is during the spring and summer months up until mid September. This is called advection fog and is the result of moist air passing over a cool surface from the wind and then...

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  • FOG!!

    Yes, Pacifica is famous for it's coastal fog at any time of the year! It could be 80 degrees in beautiful San Francisco and a foggy 65 here! Be careful driving on highway 1 to and from Pacifica because that's where the fog loves to creep and sometimes catches drivers off guard....so be careful!!

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Pacifica What to Pack

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    by dovalyn Updated Sep 1, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Rollerboard bags are most convenient.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: long and short sleeve shirts. Good walking shoes. Windbreaker or middle to heavy jacket for foggy days. Shorts and long pants.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toiletries can be bought here for bargain prices. Bring your own medication.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras and photo opportunites happen everyday in Pacifica. Your photo needs can be taken care of at most shopping locations and very inexpensive compared to other countries standards!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Basic camping gear, tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear can be brought in. There are no public campgrounds in Pacifica. Further along the coast to Half Moon Bay there are a few camp sites (Kelly Park) for beach camping or (Laguna Honda) for camping i the woods. There is RV parking for overnights and extended stays.

    Miscellaneous: The weather is Pacifica remains mostly cool throughout the year but we do have some fantastically summery sunny days!!

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Pacifica Off The Beaten Path

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    by dovalyn Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    From Pacifica, take the scenic route through the Devils slide area (provided it still open). Watch the oncoming traffic and your speed as you go through this area. The ocean and cliff scenes are awesomely dramatic and low lying fog can be a hindrance on some days. Highway 1 carries you through the prettiest parts of the coast. After Pacifica is Moss beach, then onto Half Moon Bay, Pescadero and further along to Big Sur and Santa Cruz. It's a fun day trip or spend the night in Monterey or Carmel. That's another VT page!

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Pacifica Favorites

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    by dovalyn Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the Pacifica Pier. It's one of the few spots where you can fish for free and local catches of Salmon/Cod and perch are for the taking.
    Also a walk on the many beaches are a must in any weather rain or shine.

    Fondest memory: my most fondest memory of Pacifica is the beaches. Beautiful and majestic is the drive from Highway 1 to Pacifica, the ocean greets you upon entering it's city.

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