Pescadero State Beach
This beach is a potpourri of natural wonders. Wander the mile-long shoreline, explore the sandy coves, climb the rocky cliffs, enjoy the tide pools, or simply find a cozy spot and watch the waves roll in.
Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
This 250-acre Reserve is a refuge for blue heron, kites, deer, raccoons, foxes, and skunks. Explore the marsh on one of the docent-led hikes available on weekends. These tours are fun, informative, and free of charge. The docents will identify plant life and fill you in on the history of the marsh and area.
Año Nuevo – Home of the Elephant Seals
One of the Bay Area’s most popular shows featuring larger-than-life characters is to be found at Año Nuevo State Beach. The stars are the elephant seals and the prime time to see them is during mating season, from December to April. Reservations are no longer required. Docent-led tours leave every 15 minutes.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
This historic lighthouse is just a 12 minute drive from Pescadero, south on Highway 1. It is 115-feet tall, making it one of the tallest lighthouses in America, and has been operating since 1872. Unfortunately, the interior of the lighthouse is currently closed to the public due to structural safety issues. But the grounds are open and there is a nice perch you can walk out to with a beautiful view. Just a couple hundred yards north of the lighthouse, look for tide pools!