Pacifica, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


Pacifica, CA hosts parks and beaches with coastal, mountainous views and noteworthy sunsets. Only 20 minutes outside of San Francisco, the city cherishes its smaller town feel so close to the city.

Visitors love Rockaway Beach, the Pacifica Pier, Pedro Point, and Skyline Blvd. It’s also home to Frontierland Park, San Pedro County Park, and Mori Point. Linda Mar State Beach is a favorite destination with adventure-seekers interested in surfing, hiking, and biking.

Each year, Pacifica hosts the Pacific Coast Fog Festival during the last Saturday and Sunday of September. The festival offers a hometown parade, plenty of activities for children, and a variety of local artists, vendors, and performers.

You can explore the town using the free Gold Line Shuttle and stop by the Sanchez Art Center, Coastside Farmer’s Market, or Pacifica Skate Park. Be sure to see Portola’s Statue and capture the hills, mountains, and ocean on film.

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Reviewed by Migugymn
on October 11, 2017
Pacifica's scenery is something to behold, but if you want hiking, surfing, fishing, biking, and more, Pacifica is the place to be. Pacifica supports the largest surf club outside of Malibu largely due to a perfect crescent beach that is easy for beginners on the southside and challenges other at the north end. Walk the coast from the north end of town to the south. This trail is also made for bikes. Golf along the coast at one of the few Alister MacKenzie designed courses still in existence. Hike miles of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, including the top Portola Discovery site near the top of Sweeney Ridge where Captain Gaspar de Portola discover San Francisco Bay in 1769 and the views are breath-taking. The the outdoor enthusiast Pacifica has it all! Come join us and have some fun!
Reviewed by MNihart
on September 17, 2012
Pacifica is a picturesque town located less than 20 miles south of San Francisco on the coast of the beautiful Pacific ocean. Pacifica has amazing views, a small town feel, great food, parks lining the ocean and everything that comes along with a great community. Tranquility just outside of the city, an absolute must when travelling down the Pacific Coast Highway, relax and enjoy!
Reviewed by bffairless
on September 17, 2012
From the hills to the cliffs to the ocean, Pacifica is a feast for the eyes. A small town spread out over an expanse of the Pacific Coast, it is the epitome of a Northern California coastal community.
Reviewed by ibutler
on September 17, 2012
Who knew that a New England-esque fishing village was only 20 minutes south of San Francisco? I have lived almost my whole life in California and had never heard of Pacifica until I moved here. Residents play up the fog to deter development, but I've lived here six years now and it's stunningly gorgeous for months at a time. I've even grown to appreciate the variety of fog, which usually comes in the summer--just like it does in San Diego, where I lived for 18 years. What's special about Pacifica is that it's not crowded. I've been the only person on the beach many times. Pacifica is home to phenomenal musicians, which may be why the town has the oldest public access TV station in the United States. Pacifica also has a concert hall, one of the original adobe "mansions" from the 1700s, several train stations from the turn-of-the-century Ocean Shore Railroad (one turned into a restaurant), an orchid farm with an ocean view, a golf course, an archery range, plus extensive biking trails up Montara mountain that make one think one is on the big island of Hawaii. There are also many great artists in Pacifica (the concert hall always has a current display) and there's even a drop-in ceramics studio in town. Rockaway Beach has restaurants, a wine bar, a segway rental (other than by bike, it's a great way to tour the town), and cute shops where one can buy "Got fog?" T-shirts. What I like about Pacifica is that it's full of rugged individuals. We value natural beauty, which is why I moved here. Where can you find untrammeled vistas with no charge for parking? There is uniqueness in Pacifica, but you might have to befriend a local or move here yourself to find the hidden waterfall or where the progeny of a famous scientist lives (he's an element on the periodic table). Pacifica: not the Montana you used to know. Check out Fogfest in September for a rockin' good time and you'll be checking out real estate because Pacifica is the best deal in California.
Reviewed by wwwOriginofAlphabetDotcom
on September 17, 2012
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