There are some many great things to do in Pacifica, California, from kicking back on one of our great beaches, to hiking the mountains that surround the city, to enjoying fresh seafood and a cocktail overlooking the ocean. Got kids? Pacifica boasts an outdoor skateboard park, surfing lessons, a fishing pier, archery range and plenty of parks to suite your needs.
The most panoramic coastal town in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pacifica is famous for its beautiful coastline, breathtaking vistas, unique shops and welcoming residents. We also have a variety of beaches, trails and parks for enjoying the natural serene beauty of this area.
Pacifica’s coastline and peaked trails have beckoned visitors since the Spanish exhibition of 1769. Framed by the eastern ridge of the coastal range and the Pacific Ocean on the west, its thriving communities dot its seven miles of sandy waterfront. More than half the land in this small city is protected open space with 1,000 acres belonging to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Numerous city, county and state parks provide panoramic views of this ethereal town and a feeling of spaciousness rarely found in suburban areas.
This natural connecting point of beaches, headlands and hills provides a wide range of recreational opportunities from surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving, fishing and paragliding, to hiking, bird watching and cycling. According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life. Pacifica also offers golf, bowling, archery and team sports. Several miles of coastal and ridge top trails tie Pacifica to neighboring communities. Watch the sunset from our expansive beaches, or a breath of fresh air from our hilltop peaks.
On a clear day, the Farallon Islands 30 miles away can look close enough to reach out and touch. Hike up Sweeney Ridge and follow the path of explorer Gasper de Portala who discovered the San Francisco Bay atop the vista of Sweeney Ridgey where breathtaking views can be seen of the bay and San Mateo County.
Click on one of the many things to do on the right and start enjoying and exploring our coastside playground or, click on our History tab to find out more about historic areas.