When the Pacific’s giant swells pound the continent, get up close to the big waves on the bluff-top trail from Bean Hollow State Beach to Pebble Beach (named for the quartz stones that wash ashore). This 1-mile (one-way) stretch paralleling Highway 1 was inhabited by the Ohlone people for thousands of years. Now there’s a path that dips and rises gently, with side trails to quiet tide pools, home to sea anemones, urchins, shore birds and harbor seals. Take a peek.
TIP: A few miles north is the little town of Pescadero, home to Duarte’s Tavern and Restaurant. Pick up a homemade pie filled with fresh local olallieberries.
Park at Bean Hollow State Beach. It’s 18 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 3 miles south of Pescadero on Highway 1. From the beach, walk north along the bluffs to Pebble Beach for 1 mile. Return the way you came. Dog-friendly! Duarte’s Tavern and Restaurant, 202 Stage Rd., Pescadero; 650-879-0464.