Pacifica, CA, USA

Pacifica, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 829 vacation rentals near Pacifica. From 344 apartments to 284 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pacifica for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.