Pacifica is a gorgeous West Coast beach that’s a pretty short drive from the Oakland area. Pacifica is just 15 miles south of San Francisco on the coast. People forget it is there because it is often shrouded in fog. Fall is its season to shine, and it was recently rated one of the most beautiful cities in America in a Rand McNally survey.
The Pacifica Pier is an active fishing pier that yields a wide variety of fish and occasional pelican visits. It also has a small café with coffee, hot chocolate, sandwiches and bait.
Hiking in Pacifica with little ones
Mori Point Nature Preserve is a short walk from the pier, and offers a variety of trails to explore. The path is a bit rocky, but perfect for a jogging stroller or ‘Bjorned baby. The Bootlegger Steps are just that, a big staircase to the top of the point. This is a great place to see migrating whales. There are other paths exploring the wetlands and a gentle incline over the hill. It is possible to walk from the northernmost Sharp Park Beach to southernmost Linda Mar Beach by these paths, which are shared by bicycles.
Where we eat with kids in Pacifica
Some local kid friendly eateries include Sonny’s Restaurant (pizza and Italian food with a full playroom for kids), Rock’n Rob’s Famous Pacifica Burgers (hamburgers and milkshakes 50’s style – via the 80’s), and Pacificakes (gourmet cupcakes).