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Bean Hollow State Beach

Address: 11000 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone Number: 650-879-2170
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Pescadero
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Owner description: Located on the scenic San Mateo Coast, this popular beach features a self-guided nature trail plus...
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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.
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San Jose, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

My wife, dogs and I went to Bean Hollow near the end of October. What a gem! Beautiful region, low crowds, cool pebbles and dogs allowed. This is now my favorite NORCAL dog-accessible beach. I was surprised by how few people were there. Will go back frequently.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The beach is really nice with lots of place to pitch a tent on a hot summer day and enjoy the waves. There are a lot of tide pools that kids can play around in . There is a path that leads up the rock and gives access to a small narrow channel, where the waves gush in. It is... More 

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Fremont, California
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1,099 attraction reviews
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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
57 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Newark, California
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33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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56 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
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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