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Address: 16 miles south of Half Moon Bay on Highway 1, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-879-2170
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Easy stop on the way to Pescadero

This is an actual marshland with lots of birds and if you are lucky you might see a seal or otter. You can meander through the marsh at a nice pace.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an actual marshland with lots of birds and if you are lucky you might see a seal or otter. You can meander through the marsh at a nice pace.

Thank legsbell
Sosua, Dominican Republic
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

All of my life I have visited this beach. I have memories of my dad taking me here as a young boy. Its just as beautiful today as it was back then. The winter storms constantly redesign what is already perfect. We all have our places where we are closest to God. This is mine.

Thank ClaytonGush
Fremont, California
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3,247 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a nice marsch area to see animals such as deer and birds. it is part of the Pescadero State Beach area. It is very pretty in its own right. There are sometimes ranger led tours of the marsch area.

Thank mini
Hamden, Connecticut
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The beach had loads of seals hauled out and sunning themselves. This is a great place to take the kids.

Thank OldeBear
Pacifica, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very natural & unspoilt. We have seen herons & snakes there, wonderful!! If you appreciate ht beauty of nature & don't need man made attractions, this is the place to go.

Thank lov2wonder
Foster City, California
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209 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A real marshland. When the wild mustard is in bloom it's lovelly. I never found it a great place to hike, just a place to look at from the various road vantage points at times.

1 Thank Bart C
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I couldn't find the Pescadero State Beach page on Trip Advisor but the marsh is part of the park. In one word, this beach views are "amazing". You can climb down onto the beach from the north side parking lot.

Thank rafaborrero
Glendora, California
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108 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had a nice walk, but parked in the dirt lot on the way to Pescadero. The trail from there dead ended instead of making a loop. It would have been better if we had started on the ocean side-later we saw that the trail from there was better marked. The marsh itself is beautiful and we lots of interesting... More 

1 Thank debrick79
Lexington MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We read about the marsh and had clear directions but still had trouble finding it (it's just across the highway from Pescadero Beach). Though we were attracted by the bird-watching possibilities, we actually saw only a few birds on our visit. Nonetheless we enjoyed our visit, thanks to the extensive variety of plant life and the serenity of the place.... More 

1 Thank RPMc
Felton, California
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609 reviews
301 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Wonderful place to walk thru the marsh. Much different from your normal walk/hike. Lots if birds and scrubby plant life. A very pleasant and peaceful walk. Mostly , you may be the only folks there. If you park on CA 1 to endter, you can come out on Pescadero Rd about a mile from your car and follow the road... More 

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