Where Pacifica meets the Pacific

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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  1. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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.

  4. Thats a lot of fishing out there!!

    Lovely captures, well composed and shot!

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

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

  7. Beautiful place and nice photos


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



  9. I could feel the chill by looking at the pictures

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