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Bean Hollow State Beach

11000 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060
650-879-2170
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Ranked #5 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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Wheaton, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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57 attraction reviews
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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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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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San Jose, California
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16 helpful votes 16 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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31 helpful votes 31 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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172 reviews 172 reviews
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133 helpful votes 133 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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Redwood City, California
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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San Rafael, California
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143 reviews 143 reviews
46 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The San Mateo coast has all sorts of state parks. We stopped at Bean Hollow for a walk on the beach on our way back to San Francisco. Being a Wednesday, we were the only ones on the beach besides the sea gulls. The wind was blowing, the swell was up, and it was just gorgeous. But most of the... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

As many others I stopped and did a nice walk there. I suggest this one as it is easy, with nice info, beautiful plants, alternative parallel paths for example down on the rocks and views on see lions, birds etc all with info. The nicest walk I did along this part of route 1

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