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Bean Hollow State Beach

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Address: 11000 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone Number: 650-879-2170

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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Natural Wonder

A very unique coastal wonder along the Pacific Coast Highway. A beautiful coastline of rocks with cavities worn by the wind and wave. The cavities are filled with pebbles that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Robert H
Centreville, Virginia
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Centreville, Virginia
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very unique coastal wonder along the Pacific Coast Highway. A beautiful coastline of rocks with cavities worn by the wind and wave. The cavities are filled with pebbles that make up much of the beach. There are also substantial tidal pools where you can find all kinds of small marine life. This is not a beach for sunning but... More 

Thank Robert H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this beach! It is quiet, has picnic tables, restrooms, and tide pools. We visit Bean Hollow and Pescadero on the same day. The rock formations are really interesting and it is fun to look for little critters in the tide pools. Easy access to the beach.

Thank Diana R
Truckee, California
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420 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

there is a road side pull out for parking, maybe 20 cars. short steps down to the beach. Because of the configuration of the land and rocks, billions of stones wash up here are tumbled by the waves. They come in all colors, are polished and about the side of a jelly belly jelly bean or smaller. A lot of... More 

Thank calsun99
Henderson, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

A lovely walk along the cliffs with crashing waves, great wildflowers. Long pants recommended since there is the usual poison oak. It's very picturesque, one of our faves.

Thank Leslie F
West Menlo Park, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We went on a Saturday afternoon to explore and eat lunch. There was parking available. There is a one toilet pit style restroom. On one side there was a small trail with a couple of picnic tables where we sat and watched the waves crash on the big rocks out in the ocean sending large sprays of white water into... More 

Thank wawa1910
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is by far my favorite beach. Actually its divided in 2 beaches. If you are coming from SF (from the north) it would be the second beach. The first one is parallel to the sea you can see straight and theres all ocean. The one i prefer is the second one, its like a small cove, it has rocks... More 

Thank Lili M
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

It would get 5 stars ... but ... let's not talk about the toilets! Grab some take out lunch in Pescadero (Arcangeli grocery!) and a coffee and enjoy it with a view. Parking is easy (as long as it isn't a sunny weekend) - we had it just about to ourselves. There is easy access to both parts of the... More 

Thank julnol
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

I grew up in the area and this is my favorite beach. Yes, there are tide pools, cool rock formations that look like dinosaur bones and a secret cove only accessible during low tide. But my favorite part of this beach is the pebble sand. This is a one of a kind true pebble beach. They now have a neat... More 

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136 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

This beach is worth a stop on the coast highway. The surf puts on a spectacular show hitting the rock formations when the surf's up. A stairway gets you to the tidal pools but be sure to keep facing the ocean as rogue waves are a possibility. There's not much of a beach but there is a picnic table and... More 

Thank notpassive
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165 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

This is a lovely stretch of beach with the most awesome waves, especially during winter. Just a great place to sit and take in mother nature at her best. Great spot for pictures and viewing birds and other wildlife.

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