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.)
|The Municipal Pier at 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.
|Rockaway Beach, Pacifica|
|Some rocks as seen from Rockaway Beach|
- If you are in the mood for Thai food (when in Pacifica) — Treat yourself at Pacifica Thai Cuisine
- See a Black Sand Beach in Big Island Hawaii – (also a salt and pepper beach)