Pacifica, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"


Pacifica, CA hosts parks and beaches with coastal, mountainous views and noteworthy sunsets. Only 20 minutes outside of San Francisco, the city cherishes its smaller town feel so close to the city.

Visitors love Rockaway Beach, the Pacifica Pier, Pedro Point, and Skyline Blvd. It’s also home to Frontierland Park, San Pedro County Park, and Mori Point. Linda Mar State Beach is a favorite destination with adventure-seekers interested in surfing, hiking, and biking.

Each year, Pacifica hosts the Pacific Coast Fog Festival during the last Saturday and Sunday of September. The festival offers a hometown parade, plenty of activities for children, and a variety of local artists, vendors, and performers.

You can explore the town using the free Gold Line Shuttle and stop by the Sanchez Art Center, Coastside Farmer’s Market, or Pacifica Skate Park. Be sure to see Portola’s Statue and capture the hills, mountains, and ocean on film.

This town has the best of both worlds - the ocean and the mountains. Coming down Highway One, is a breathtaking view as you enter Pacifica and see the magnificent Pacific ocean on one side and the green mountains of Montara on the other. Best of all, it's only 12 miles south of San Francisco which provides many job opportunities, cultural events, and sports activities to enjoy .
Reviewed by monahani
on September 17, 2012
One of my favorite drives is from Skyline Drive going down the hill CA-1. As you make your way down, you can take in the most awesome view ever! On sunny days, the water glistens and glows and it's almost as if you've arrived in heaven. There's something almost magical about it. On foggy days, there is a quiet mystery surrounding the city but arrive at any of the local hangouts and what you see is what you get - a casual, coastal town.
Reviewed by GabrielaLaVela
on September 17, 2012
Pacifica is an beautiful gem of a town just 15 minutes south of San Francisco on the California coast. It offers a full spectrum of things to see, do and experience. You have easy access to the ocean with its beaches and hiking / walking trails all aling the costal hills and in the mountains behind the town. And the warmth and hospitality of the people here is fantastic. There are great local hotels for cost-effective accomodations and a host of nice places to eat, shop, and enjoy a range of activites for the whole family. Lastly are a number of historical sites that go back hundreds of years. Its worth putting Pacifica on your travel plans!
Reviewed by WavenDean
on September 17, 2012
I love this town. It's hikes and beaches are are beautiful and the hills in the background are stunning.
Reviewed by timothycahilljr
on September 17, 2012
Surrounded by parks, stunning ocean vistas and glorious sunsets Pacifica is a popular location for the outdoor enthusiast. But anyone into Americana will find plenty of interest here. It's very own Castle, stations from the old coastal railroad and it's very own historic Mission. It even has a Taco Bell by the beach which must have the best view of any Taco Bell. Unlike Santa Cruz and Monterey the sea front has not been heavily developed and as a result it is still a very affordable place to visit or stay at.
Reviewed by Drawrof
on September 17, 2012
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