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Bean Hollow State Beach

11000 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060
650-879-2170
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Ranked #6 of 10 Attractions in Pescadero
Type: Beaches
Owner description: Located on the scenic San Mateo Coast, this popular beach features a self-guided nature trail plus many opportunities for fishing, picnicking and... more » Owner description: Located on the scenic San Mateo Coast, this popular beach features a self-guided nature trail plus many opportunities for fishing, picnicking and beachcombing. « less
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have often stopped at Bean Hollow State Beach. The beach has interesting rock (pebble) type formations The geologists call the sculpting of the rocks in this area "tafoni". It is where rocks are sculpted by a weathering process. The area also has an interesting historical past. In the 1880s this area was part of Rancho Butano, first owned by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Visiting from Arizona we stopped to visit the beaches along highway 1, we visited a few beaches & settled for bean hollow, it was awesome! The sand was soft, the view was beautiful, the air was great & the weather was perfect! Not too crowed & plenty of space. Only criticism were the port a potties, they were rundown &... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great little beach to stop at and climb on the rocks. Kids and adults alike get a little adventure of discovery - sometimes crabs, sea lions too. There is a beach too for swimming - but that is not why we stop

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Foster City, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Bean Hollow is one of those beaches that motorists zoom by, not realizing that this little gem is there. It's a small cove, really. Very minimal insofar as facilities. This is the San Mateo Coast, folks. That means wind, fog, waves many days of the year, so dress accordingly and be sure to be mindful of wave warnings.

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Oakland, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Bean Hollow Beach is small compared with some others along Highway 1, but is the best, in my opinion. It overlooks dramatic tidepools and has a good view of seabirds resting on a large rock. There is a well maintained trail with lots of lovely wildflowers in bloom (in May), picnic tables, and a fairly clean outhouse. This beach is... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

It is less than 3 miles (round trip) and you can see a lot of the coast. There are tide pools, some climbing involved to get to them, we saw harbor seals along with a distant whale or two. The weather was fantastic. The waves were breaking kind of high but for not going in the water this was fine... More

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

So happy to have discovered this scenic, dog-friendly beach cove near Pescadero. The trails from the parking lot are wonderful and offer great seal-watching because the seals and sea lions sun themselves on the rock outcroppings bordering the trail. Our dog loved romping along the ice plants and coastal path, where you can go down the trail to explore tidal... More

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San Mateo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

WOWOWOWOW......what an great spot on the pacific coast. Nice 2 mile RT walk along the cliff of the ocean with tide pools below and interesting rock formation. I visited twice in two weeks. 1st was a glorious October day and the weather was 77 and sunny....spectacular. The following week it was cool and sunny and we were treated to 8... More

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

this is one of our favorite beaches on the half moon by, pescadero coast, it is small and secluded, and it is easy to get too, great for picnics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The beach is small but fine. The real reason to visit, though, is the Arroyo de los Frijoles trail that connects the beach to the parking area. Along the trail is some of the best seal-watching in the area. The seals and sea lions sun themselves almost every day around noon on the large rock outcroppings just at the water's... More

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