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Pescadero is a peaceful, coastal town of 600 people (2020) on the Peninsula, approximately 45 miles south of San Francisco.

View of Pescadero State Beach


Pescadero (Spanish for "fishmonger") is a farming and ranching community located on the San Francisco Peninsula. It is a popular tourist destination due to its beaches, parks and local food.

Get in[edit]

The easiest way to get to Pescadero is to drive along Highway 1 until you see a large "Historic Pescadero" sign. It is posted in either direction. Continue for two miles, turn east onto Pescadero Creek Road and drive into the town center.

Get around[edit]

Map of Pescadero
Another view of Pescadero State Beach

Pescadero has no public transit due to its small size. A bus station used to be located at the corner of Pescadero Creek Road and Water Lane, but has permanently closed.


Pescadero Marsh

Pescadero Marsh is a marsh close to the town of Pescadero. In rainy times, the marsh attracts many special birds that nest there.

  • 1 Pigeon Point Lighthouse (Pigeon Point Light Station), 210 Pigeon Point Rd (off California State Route 1 about 7 miles from Pescadero). 8AM-sunset (day-use area); Th-M 10AM-4PM (visitor center and store). Built in 1871, this 115-foot lighthouse is one of the two tallest lighthouses on the West Coast of the United States. Preserved as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Features a visitor center, store and easy beach access. Special events are sometimes held here; see the calendar for details. Next to the lighthouse is a hostel with 59 beds. Pigeon Point Lighthouse (Q7193314) on Wikidata Pigeon Point Lighthouse on Wikipedia
  • 2 Harley Farms Goat Dairy, 205 North St (turn onto North St from Pescadero Creek Rd and drive a short distance), . 11AM-4PM. A well-known local goat farm that features tours and a cheese shop. It also hosts a monthly dinner during summer months, although this event is quite expensive. Free.
  • 3 First Congregational Church of Pescadero. Built in 1867 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the First Congregational Church of Pescadero is described as the first church built in Pescadero for religious purposes. Free. First Congregational Church of Pescadero (Q5452858) on Wikidata First Congregational Church of Pescadero on Wikipedia
  • 4 Pomponio State Beach, +1 650 726 8819. 8AM-sunset daily. A beach known for its high bluffs along the coastline. Be aware that the beach is inaccessible during high tides. $8 per car. Pomponio State Beach (Q7227504) on Wikidata Pomponio State Beach on Wikipedia


Elephant seals on the beach at Año Nuevo State Park
  • 1 Pescadero State Beach, +1 650 726 8819. 8AM-sunset daily. Go swimming or take a stroll along the state beach. Good spot to watch wildlife. $8 per car. Pescadero State Beach (Q7171335) on Wikidata Pescadero State Beach on Wikipedia
  • 2 Bean Hollow State Beach. 8AM-sunset daily. Consists of two beaches connected by the mile-long Arroyo de los Frijoles Trail. Pebble Beach is named for the many ocean-polished rocks on the shore, and Bean Hollow Beach features tide pools with various marine life. Do not collect the pebbles or disturb the tide pools. Free. Bean Hollow State Beach (Q4876248) on Wikidata Bean Hollow State Beach on Wikipedia
  • 3 Año Nuevo State Park (Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve). A state park known for its population of elephant seals. Visitors must be on a guided tour to see the seals from December to March. Self-guided tours are permitted during the other months, although a free permit must first be obtained. Año Nuevo State Park (Q4833333) on Wikidata Año Nuevo State Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 Butano State Park, 1500 Cloverdale Rd, +1 650 879 2040. Sunrise-sunset daily. A popular hiking area with beautiful redwoods and 40 miles of trails. Be aware some areas are closed as of April 2023 due to damage from the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex fires. Please note the park may also be closed after heavy rain. $10 per car. Butano State Park (Q5002355) on Wikidata Butano State Park on Wikipedia



  • 1 Duarte's Tavern, 202 Stage Rd, +1 650 879 0464. Restaurant: W Th noon-3PM, F Sa noon-6PM, Su 8:30-10:30AM and noon-6PM; bar: M W Th 5-8PM, F-Su 6-8PM. A local restaurant and bar known for its cioppino. Its menu changes daily and is typically posted on Facebook and Instagram. Duarte's Tavern (Q106039515) on Wikidata Duarte's Tavern on Wikipedia
  • 2 Arcangeli Grocery Go., 287 Stage Rd, +1 650 879 0147, . 11AM-5PM (closed Tu). A popular grocery store that sells various food items. It also has a sandwich deli with fairly reasonable prices. However, the store is best known for its freshly baked garlic herb and artichoke bread.
  • 3 Off Stage, 350 Stage Rd, . Sa Su 10AM-3PM; closed weekdays. A food truck that sources its ingredients from local farms. Its menu changes each week and is posted on Instagram.
  • 4 Mercado & Taqueria de Amigos, 1999 Pescadero Creek Rd, +1 650 879 0232. A small Mexican eatery located inside a gas station convenience store. Its tacos were featured in The New York Times in 2006 and Sunset in 2007. Please note the restaurant does not seem to have an official website, and there is conflicting information about its hours. It may be a good idea to avoid early morning or late night visits.

Food is also available at Costanoa's Cascade Restaurant & Bar (see § Sleep) and various other establishments. Pescadero Country Store was another grocery store that was popular among locals until it was destroyed by a fire in 2016. Its owners have vowed to rebuild the store, although this has not happened as of April 2023.


Duarte's Tavern is another good place for drinks, although food is not served during the extended bar hours; see § Eat for details.



San Mateo County provides free Wi-Fi access in multiple locations in Pescadero. See map for details.

Stay healthy[edit]

Be careful to check for ticks after hiking in fields in the Bay Area. There is a high rate of lyme disease transmission in the Bay Area. If a rash with the appearance of a bull's eye develops at the tick bite site, immediately seek medical help and treatment with antibiotics.

Go next[edit]

  • Half Moon Bay is the first major city to the north at about 16 miles away. It features a busy harbor, as well as numerous beaches and seafood restaurants.
  • Santa Cruz is the first major city to the southeast and is located 35 miles from Pescadero. It is best known as a countercultural hub, and has a fun bohemian feel and youthful vibe. The popular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the dubious Mystery Spot are among the best-known weekend tourist attractions. Santa Cruz is also home to one of California's 21 Spanish missions. The beaches north and south of Santa Cruz are considered some of the more pristine areas of natural beauty in central California. While they are not good for swimming due to the cold water, several are considered a paradise for pro surfers.
Routes through Pescadero
San FranciscoHalf Moon Bay  N  S  Santa CruzMonterey

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