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Destination guide

Welcome to the Pacific coast

The clue is in the name when it comes to Pacifica. This California community is perched right on the Pacific Ocean coast, making it a magnet for beach lovers and anyone who enjoys gazing out at the immensity of a sun-spangled ocean. It's not just any old beach spot, though. The area is particularly renowned for its superlative surfing opportunities, with the epic swells challenging even the more experienced surfers. Pacifica itself is a tranquil town just a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco. If you want to combine some Northern California sightseeing with time exploring the beaches, whale watching, or enjoying the many outdoor pursuits available along this stretch of coast, Pacifica vacation rentals are for you.

Things to do

Explore San Francisco from Pacifica

If you're staying at your Pacifica vacation rental with kids, the San Francisco Zoo is a fun day out. Just a short drive north up the coast, the zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals including elephants, monkeys, and majestic bears. Another 10 minutes up the Great Highway and you reach Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and the city of San Francisco with all its famous sights: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, its iconic trolleybuses and cable cars, and sights made familiar by movies and TV shows.

Activities

Coastal pursuits in Pacifica

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the miles of hiking and biking trails of Sweeney Ridge to the east, Pacifica is a great base for outdoor enthusiasts. To the south, Half Moon Bay is known for its golden beach, Pacific breakers, and the whales that often swim close to shore. Along this stretch of rugged coast, you'll find great surfing and fishing as well as glimmering tidal pools and fun beachcombing. Around 10 minutes north, Fort Funston has pretty dunes, World War 2 gun emplacements, hiking and horseback trails, and is a renowned hang gliding spot.

Weather

Seasonal adventures in Pacifica

This stretch of the California coast is known for its summer fogs which can gather overnight and into the early morning. However, it does enjoy warm summer weather, so these tend to burn off quickly, and generally the weather is warm and pleasant throughout the year. Fall is a great time to stay at a Pacifica vacation rental. The forested hills are ravishing as the colors turn coppery, and the mild temperatures are perfect for hiking and biking.

Natural features

Get outdoors in Pacifica

From a Pacifica vacation rental, it's possible to enjoy the best of the beach and the mountains. The Sweeny Ridge trail system is extensive, and just minutes from a Pacifica vacation rental. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, as does Rancho Corral de Tierra, its newest addition, just 20 minutes south of Pacifica. Explore the forested hillsides and patchy grasslands dotted with wildflowers and enjoy panoramic views to the ocean.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Pacifica

Fly into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into San Carlos, CA (SQL), which is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Pacifica?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,139 vacation rentals around Pacifica. From 371 house rentals to 640 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pacifica?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pacifica:

  • Pedro Point: 17 vacation rentals
  • Sharp Park: 28 vacation rentals
  • Linda Mar: 26 vacation rentals
  • Edgemar - Pacific Manor: 17 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 377 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Pacifica?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pacifica. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pacifica Pier: 1,722 vacation rentals
  • Pacifica State Beach: 1,550 vacation rentals
  • Sharp Park Golf Course: 1,681 vacation rentals
  • Esplanade: 1,906 vacation rentals
  • University of Surfing: 1,518 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pacifica listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pacifica?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 371 Houses in Pacifica. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pacifica include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 640 rentals available
  • Studios: 567 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pacifica?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 101 vacation rentals with pool available in Pacifica. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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