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Pacifica, California Is A Great Outdoor Destination And Is Home To The Newly Opened Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail

April 2, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Revered by many as an acclaimed beach-front “playground,” Pacifica, California is home to the new Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail.

at key points along the trail to provide visitors historic, geographic and bird and marine life information. By February, work will move to the north end of the trail with an expected completion and entire trail opening date in late March.

EventsThe Devil’s Slide Trail Project involves the conversion of the segment of Highway 1 south of the City of Pacifica, which was closed after the opening of the Devil’s Slide Bypass Tunnels, into a public multi-use non-motorized trail. The project includes roadway surfacing, signage, accessibility improvements, habitat protection, and overlooks. The 90% project plans include revisions based on public comments and staff review.


The Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail features the conversion of a segment of Highway 1 south of the City of Pacifica into a public, multi-use pedestrian trail. The project also includes signage, accessibility improvements, habitat protection and overlooks the many vistas of the California coastal town of Pacifica. Additionally, the San Mateo County Parks Department is expecting to install 10 interpretive panels for the new Devil’s Slide section of the California Coastal Trail. The panels will interpret the geology, history and natural features found at the site. Due to limited vehicle access, Pacifica’s free weekend shuttle will include Devil’s Slide access at the north end to pick up and drop off visitors to the trail.  For more information, visit:

Just 10 minutes south of San Francisco and the closest visitor destination to the newly opened Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail, Pacifica boasts six hotels that offer great value, several acclaimed restaurants and wide range of outdoor recreational options.  Featuring everything from world-classsurfing, mountain biking and hiking to fishing, scuba diving and hang gliding, Pacifica is an ideal getaway for anyone interested in spending their leisure time on a fresh outdoor vacation. Interested in getting away?  Here’s a Top Ten List of the most popular Pacifica attractions ~

1.    Surfing: -Pacifica is home to some of Northern California’ best surfing beaches, including Linda Mar State Beach, Rockaway Beach and Sharp Park Beach.  Upcoming surfing events include the 22nd Annual Pedro Point Surf Club’s Big Chill Out – September 2013 and Uncle Dick’s Surf Fest – November 2013   

2.    Biking:– Pacifica is known in the bike community for its network of trails that overlook the Pacific Ocean.  Whether pedaling a road bike or mountain biking, Pacifica features everything from leisurely rides along the paved coastal trail or ascending the flanks of Montara Mountain, towering 2000 feet above Pacifica.

3.    Hiking: -There are over a dozen trails spanning many miles of ocean view treks for beginners to the most advanced. From the leisurely Mori Point coastal walk to the more advanced terrain of Sweeney Ridge, there is a hike for every level of fitness.

4.    Fishing: – Some of the best fishing in the United States can be found in the inshore waters off Pacifica.  In addition to salmon, striped bass often frequent the surf along with kingfish, sharks and perch. Although rare, sturgeon, barracuda and bonito frequent the coastal waters of Pacifica.

5.    Crabbing:  Pacifica Pier is the only place in the Bay Area where the public can crab for free. During the winter, Dungeness crab, which are not available elsewhere in the Bay Area, are abundant off the pier; in the spring, catch perch at Linda Mar Bay; in the fall, go rock fishing off Pedro Point.

6.    Scuba Diving: Linda Mar Beach is an intermediate-to-advanced beach entry scuba-dive site with a diverse aquatic life, such as seals, fish and rays. In May and June, halibut come into Linda Mar Bay, which attracts many divers spearfishing for this prize fish.  At Pedro Point, two wrecks lie on the ocean’s bottom in approximately 30 to 40 feet of water.

7.    Golf: Sharp Park Golf Course is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Sharp Park Road and Francisco Boulevard. The famous golf architect Alister Mackenzie designed the 18-hole course.

8.    ArcherySan Francisco Archers is a non-profit organization that promotes archery at all levels of ability and age. The club is open to the public every day.

9.    Segway Tours: The many well-maintained and level trails along Pacifica’s beautiful beaches lend themselves to Segway rides. Begin your ride at Rockaway Beach and the trail wends through a rock quarry to climb up 12 scenic switchbacks over Pacifica’s Strawberry Hill to Linda Mar Beach and beyond.

10. Beaches: Pacifica features seven miles of spectacular Pacific Ocean beaches that are perfect for a whole range of recreation, including Linda Mar Beach, Rockaway Beach, Sharp Park Beach and Mussel Rock Beach At the end of action-filled days in Northern California’s coastal playground, visitors will want to enjoy one of Pacifica’s many popular restaurants before laying down for a quiet night’s sleep. Recommendations for dining and accommodations are listed below: 

Suggested Restaurants:

Moonraker: (650) 557-7025/

Nick’s Seashore Restaurant: (650) 359-3903/

Puerto 27: (650) 733-7343/

Surf Spot: (650) 355-7873/

(Can we add in some additional restaurants?) 


America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/

Pacifica Beach Hotel: (650) 355-9999/

Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/

Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

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