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Esplanade Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • There is ample parking along the street.- Esplanade Beach
  • View from the top.- Esplanade Beach
  • Looking north toward Marin and Mussel Rock.- Esplanade Beach
  • The path is steep but well maintained.- Esplanade Beach
  • Fishing is an alternate pastime, but keep the dogs away from possible fish hooks.- Esplanade Beach
  • Looking south toward the Pacifica Pier and Mori Point.- Esplanade Beach
  • Lots of steps.- Esplanade Beach
  • This is about as wide as the beach gets at low tide.- Esplanade Beach
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Pros: 
Off-leash dog beach. Not crowded.
Cons: 
Steep path down to beach. Only accessible at low tide.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Esplanade beach is a very accessible suburban off-leash dog beach in Pacifica. This small stretch of sand is only exposed at mid-to-low tides, and the long, steep (but wide and smooth) path down from the street is a crowd deterrent. For those with dogs or who don't mind dogs, this is a nice, secluded bit of shore that feels much further from the city than it is. With fine views up and down the coast and interesting eroding cliffs, it is a pretty scenic place to spend a quiet hour with the raging surf. It is rarely crowded even though it is small, and the area to the left around the access path is often empty. There are a few benches set on the southern landings of the switchbacks, so the views and solitude can be enjoyed even by those who choose not to go all the way down to the beach.

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