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Bean Hollow State Beach

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Address: 11000 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone Number: 650-879-2170
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Description: Located on the scenic San Mateo Coast, this popular beach features a...
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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Unspoiled awesome beach with superb tidal pools

So happy we were told by friends to stop here & go down the trail to explore tidal pools and sea life among the rocks. Go when its low tide if you can and you get to see to most... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Hasselt, Belgium
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

So happy we were told by friends to stop here & go down the trail to explore tidal pools and sea life among the rocks. Go when its low tide if you can and you get to see to most amazing sea creatures you can imagine. We found purple sea urchins, little fish, orange and red sea stars, many different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Bean Hollow is my favorite beach in Pescadero primarily because it is dog-friendly but also because most people seem to drive right by it. I have never seen it very crowded and the people who are there are very relaxed and mellow. There are tide pools, cool pebbles and interesting rock outcroppings. The best part is that dogs can run... More 

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San Jose, California
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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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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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Newark, California
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31 helpful votes 31 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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