Bean Hollow State Beach


Bean Hollow State Beach includes two sheltered coves, separated by a rocky point. The beach is one of the few local state beaches that allows dogs.

Pebble Beach is a part of Bean Hollow State Beach, but is located one mile north of Bean Hollow on Highway 1. The two beaches are connected by a 1-mile nature trail.

Learn more in the California State Parks brochure: English | Spanish.

Operating Hours

Day-Use Area 8 a.m. to Sunset


On the San Mateo Coast, Bean Hollow is 17.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 3 miles south of Pescadero on Highway 1.

Things to do

Beach Area

Beachcombing. Visitors can explore tide pools with anemones, crab, sea urchins and other marine inhabitants. Visitors can also go boating, windsurfing/surfing and kayaking/canoeing. However, swimming is dangerous here because of cold water, rip currents and heavy surf.


A fishing license is required.


The beach has a self-guided nature trail.

Fees and Passes

Parking is free.


  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking

Field Trips

School groups grade K-12 can take part in docent-led, hands-on educational programs along the San Mateo Coast. Field trips focused on shoreline habitats are held at Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pescadero Marsh, Montara State Beach and Bean Hollow State Beach. Registration for field trips is now open. Sign up!


Bean Hollow State Park is in the unceded homelands of the Awaswas-speaking Ohlone Tribe known as the Quiroste, who stewarded these lands since time immemorial. Centuries of colonial violence led to the removal and displacement of the Quiroste. Today, their descendants continue their stewardship and presence here, in partnership with State Parks.

Bean Hollow State Beach, originally known as Arroyo de Los Frijoles, marked the southern extent of Rancho Butano, which was granted in 1838 to Ramona Sanchez and also included neighboring Pebble State Beach.

Later, the rancho was later purchased by Clark & Coburn of San Francisco. Loren Coburn was born in Vermont and had moved to California in 1851. He worked first in mining and then as a businessman in San Francisco. He moved to the Pescadero area in 1872 and entered into land development. Coburn erected a large hotel on the bluff above Pebble Beach in the 1890s, hoping to make it a popular destination for vacationers taking the planned Ocean Shore Railroad from San Francisco. The San Francisco earthquake in 1906 ended construction on the railroad, and the hotel permanently closed.


  • Dogs are permitted and must be controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.
  • Swimming is dangerous because of cold water, rip currents and heavy surf.
  • No beach fires are allowed and fireworks are prohibited. Please refrain from removing shells, driftwood and other natural beach features
  • Permits are required for all events and weddings. For permit information contact: San Mateo Sector Office (650) 726-8819.

Recreate Responsibly

Before you visit, check the Recreate Responsibly page to protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these measures during your visit.

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