Rockaway Beach in Pacifica California

Rockaway Beach could easily be called Rockabye Baby Beach. When you stay at the ocean front hotels such as the Best Western Lighthouse we tried, the sound of the waves just lulls you to sleep.


Rockaway Beach at Quarry Cove in Pacifica, California is located south of the Pacifica Pier along beautiful Highway 1. San Francisco bay area locals are aware of Rockaway Beach but those living outside the region can easily pass it by without ever knowing it exists.


Approximately 100 years ago, Rockaway Beach Resort attracted tourists from San Francisco who traveled south along the deadly Devil's Slide mountain pass on the newly built Ocean Shore Railroad. A safe and affordable mode of transportation allowed weekend warriors the opportunity to experience a less developed coast where they could swim, fish, take hikes, have picnics and enjoy the countryside in a nearby location.


Today, there are hiking trails with vistas that afford views of Alcatraz, restaurants with ocean views, shops, museums and many sports and recreational activities to enjoy. Be sure to drop by the Promenade with the sculpture and watch surfers navigate the waves that break close to shore.


Offering the only beachfront hotels between Pacifica and San Francisco, several lovely properties enjoy incredible rooms and suites where the sound of the sea with its crashing waves can be heard night and day. There are hotels, restaurants, shops and Pacifica Visitor Information Center, which provides maps, directions, brochures and sells postcards and books--everything needed for an enjoyable stay.  Pacifica is located only 15 minutes from the San Francisco Airport and 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco. 


Pacifica Pier, according to some fishermen, is the only location salmon can be caught without boarding a boat. The pier is located in the Sharp Park State Beach  area of Pacifica, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. Rev. Herschell Harkins Memorial Pier was built in 1973 and spans 1,140 feet. The pier is open 24 hours and there is no fee for pier fishing. Call: 650-355-0690.

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