Where Pacifica meets the Pacific

Just south of San Francisco is a beach town that is quieter and calmer in comparison. I hear it is a playground for surfers and hikers. We found ourselves...
Pacifica, California.

Just south of San Francisco is a beach town that is quieter and calmer in comparison. I hear it is a playground for surfers and hikers. We found ourselves visiting Pacifica, CA on a cloudy day so there weren’t a whole lot of surfers out at sea that day.

What the dark skies didn’t do, was stop fishing enthusiasts from coming out with rods, bait and all. The pier did seem quite crowded for a moody day.

However, what struck me most and stuck with me were the sands of Pacifica’s beaches. It was darker than the sand you find in the beaches along the coast of California; like a sign of volcanic activity ages ago. (It reminded me of the black sand beach in Hawaii that we had visited a few years ago, only it was not just as dark.)

Pacifica, California.
The Municipal Pier at Pacifica, California.
Pacifica, California.

It’s coast is hilly and scenic. I’m sure there are lots of opportunity for hikers. For those who aren’t into that, and surfing and fishing, the best part about Pacifica must be walking along its promenade and watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean lash against the rocks and the dark sands of its shores.

Pacifica, California.
Rockaway Beach, Pacifica
Pacifica, California.
Some rocks as seen from Rockaway Beach

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22 Comments on this post.
  • Prasad Np
    30 July 2014 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful Pictures. I sometime wonder who are the people who first build a pier to catch fish, tie a boat or just sit and count waves. Interesting observation about the color of sand.

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Prasad. Your comment makes me want to do some research on piers, really. 🙂

      I'd heard a lot about Pacifica but didn't know it had dark sands until I actually went there. It was a surprise. When you have some extra time on you, look up that link on the black sand beach in Big Island, Hawaii. That's really dark sand; actually dark black.

  • rupam sarma
    30 July 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Awesome photos.

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks, Rupam.
      I hope you are doing well.

  • R Niranjan Das
    30 July 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Looks beautiful. It should be lovely to be on top of that cliff. Nice captures, Nambiare!

    • dNambiar
      30 July 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you nomad.
      See ya sometime soon. 🙂

  • Anu n Sri
    30 July 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Looks so gorgeous and rugged! Would love to visit pacific coast sometime!

    • dNambiar
      31 July 2014 at 6:33 am

      Some parts of the California coast is very rugged. There's one part where there are steep drops into the Pacific. The area is called Big Sur and its pretty scenic around there. I should be writing about it soon.
      I hope you guys are doing well, Anu.

  • magiceye
    31 July 2014 at 1:50 am

    Thats a lot of fishing out there!!

    Lovely captures, well composed and shot!

    • dNambiar
      31 July 2014 at 6:35 am

      Its a serious pastime for some people. We tried fishing once; not my cup of tea. 😉
      Thank you so much, Magiceye.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    1 August 2014 at 4:15 am

    Very alluring pics of the sea, Divya! Good to see you back after a break!

    • dNambiar
      1 August 2014 at 4:26 am

      Thanks a ton, Mr. Bhatia.
      Welcome back to you too. I hope you are doing well. 🙂

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil
    2 August 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful clicks 🙂

    • dNambiar
      4 August 2014 at 11:49 am

      Thank you, Deepa.

  • Linda
    3 August 2014 at 4:49 am

    Beautiful! It's been a while since we went to California.

    • dNambiar
      4 August 2014 at 11:50 am

      California is a place to be missed, is it not? 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Linda.

  • Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ
    4 August 2014 at 5:13 am

    Beautiful place and nice photos


    • dNambiar
      4 August 2014 at 11:50 am

      Thank you, Krishna.

  • Bikram
    4 August 2014 at 8:43 am

    Those are some beautiful pics .. thank you for sharing 🙂



    • dNambiar
      4 August 2014 at 11:51 am

      Hey Bik,
      Thank you. Thank YOU. 🙂

      You're doing great, I hope.

  • Nona
    16 August 2014 at 7:53 am

    I could feel the chill by looking at the pictures

    • dNambiar
      19 August 2014 at 6:36 pm

      It was a really cold day, Nona.
      It wasn't exactly beach weather but there were a lot of people out there at the pier.

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