Pacifica is truly a charming town and recreational playground. It has been an all time favorite for the outdoor enthusiast. This beach front community offers great leisure time activities at an easily accessed destination. Here is a list of the outdoor adventure you can freely try this spring season.
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Pacifica is home to some of Northern California’ best surfing beaches. Linda Mar State Beach is one of the most popular beginner surfing spots in the San Francisco area. The break is usually fairly forgiving and, on a nice weekend, the beach can attract a fair number of novice surfers. As a contrast, Rockaway Beach and Sharp Park Beach are not for beginners. These two beaches are considered advanced surfing beaches due to their strong rips and big swells. So ready your surf boards and dare to beat the waves.
FISHING AND CRABBING
Pacifica Pier offers the only pier in the Bay Area where the public can crab for free. During spring, catch perch at Linda Mar Bay. Pacifica has bait-and-tackle shops located on Francisco Boulevard, Palmetto Avenue and at the Pacifica Pier. No license is required at the pier. The Pacifica Pier is located in Sharp Park with access two blocks west of the Pacific Coast Highway. The pier is open daily from 4 am-10 pm (note that the pier closes during rough weather).
The 18-hole Sharp Park Golf Course is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Sharp Park Road and Francisco Boulevard. The historic clubhouse, built in 1932, houses the starter/golf area, lounge, large main dining room and private dining room.
There are several horse trails around the foothills and mountains of Pacifica and several private ranches and horse parks also allow riding. In San Mateo County, horse riding is allowed in the Crystal Springs Reservoir. There are two horse-riding trails: the San Andreas Trail and the Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail. Both are wide, flat, paved trails winding around the eastern shore of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.
Pacifica is known in the bike community for its network of trails that overlook the Pacific Ocean. You’ll find everything from leisurely rides along the paved coastal trail to ascending the flanks of Montara Mountain, towering 2000 feet above Pacifica. You can try the The Old San Pedro Road in the Linda Mar district and Mori Ridge trail above Shelldance Nursery in Pacifica’s Fairway district.