Perhaps like no other city, Pacifica, California is pure perfection. Much of the city’s perfection comes from its perfect location. Tucked between the cobalt waves and rock-studded coast of the Pacific Ocean and the low rolling sway of the Montara Mountains and Sweeney Ridge, Pacifica is cradled in a peaceful valley just north of San Francisco.
But Pacifica’s perfection extends beyond its picturesque locale. Pacifica is also home to a handful of perfect beaches and perfect parks. It is considered by many to be the perfect place to surf, mountain bike, and golf. And its many theaters and festivals make it the perfect destination for entertainment, recreation, and relaxation.
Points of Interest
Pacifica has a diverse menu of restaurants and bars, spanning the spectrum from beachside grub to gourmet indulgence. At the top of the list is L & L Hawaiian BBQ, a perfect combination of South Pacific romance and west coast ribs. For a taste of the Orient, head to Tam’s Cuisine of China. Two rivals regularly competing for the claim of “best restaurant in town” are Barolo and Nona’s Kitchen. Barolo is known for its lobster and scallops, whereas Nona’s is the place for beachside breakfasts. Other places you won’t want to miss include Rainbow Island, Manor Room Pizza Factory, and Luigi’s Italian Restaurant.
Pacifica’s shopping spread is as diverse as its landscape and residents. In the center of the city, along the coast, is the Marina Pacifica Mall. Here one can find a wide selection of clothing, gifts, books, and other retail staples. But to really find Pacifica’s shopping treasures, one has to go exploring, meandering his or her way through its streets, alleys, and squares. Gems worth seeking out include Sidetrack Hobbies, Ambassador Toys and Pacifica Tea.
Pacifica thrives on the arts and culture and therefore is always entertaining. Whether it’s cinema, theater or music, Pacifica is sure to have a show for you. The Pacifica Center for the Arts host a wide array of theater and musical events. Janice Rowell Gallery is a favorite for up-and-coming artists and buyers alike. The Pacifica Spindrift Players are a local theater troupe known throughout the Bay Area for their quality theater performances. And the annual Fog Festival is a community celebration of the Bay Area’s perfect way of life.
Did You Know?
- Pacifica runs along a stretch of Pacific coastline that goes on for over six miles.
- In 2005 Pacifica established itself as a skateboarding mecca with the opening of the top-ranked Pacifica Skateboard Park.
- The total population of the city is 40,401.
- Pacifica is the hometown of comedian Rob Schneider and the home of former Irish President Mary Robinson.
- The city is located on the site of the oldest European establishment in San Mateo County, founded in 1769.
Pacifica has a mix of ocean, mountains, and city that collide to create a diverse lineup of activities and sites. Of particular interest include the following:
Milagra Ridge is a National Park Service operated green space that includes portions of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is perfect for scenic views, hiking and wildlife watching.
Sharp Park Golf Course is a classic, public 18 hole golf course.
Pacifica Pier is a favorite locale for fisherman and visitors alike. Either bait your hook and cast in or simply bring your camera to capture historic Pacifica in action.
Shelldance Orchid Nursery is the site for endless orchid and bromeliad collections.
For hiking and other outdoor adventures, head for the hills. San Pedro Valley County Park provides a crisscrossed grid of mountain trails and ridge running. The demanding Sweeney Ridge is the place for Bay Area vistas, and McNee Ranch State Park is a newly established space providing breathtaking hikes with views of the distant Farallon Islands.
Getting There and Around
Located just north of San Francisco, Pacifica is served by the city’s international airport. But for those whose travels require more flexibility and whose tastes demand luxury and style, renting limousines, classic cars, sedans, vans, shuttles, coaches or tour buses from Nationwide Limousine Service will ensure you get to explore the coastal highways of Pacifica on your own time and according to your terms.
Cruising along the winding mountainside roads that frame the city of Pacifica with the crash of the Pacific on one side and the majesty of the mountains on the other is just another scene of perfection to add to the already perfect city of Pacifica. Call Nationwide Limousine Service at 800-339-8936 to book your Pacifica limo today!