70 South Bay Accent
FROM TOP: AMY HANSEN; BRAD WITTKE
GATHER ‘ROUND A BONFIRE
As San Francisco’s largest and most popular beach, Ocean Beach
is as sizzling by moonlight as it is while the sun is shining—visitors
can enjoy a bonfire in the fire pits come nightfall. Just keep the
action on the beach, not in the water. Its riptides are extremely
dangerous at best. That said, the sands and scene are wonderfully
Expansive and beautiful, Seabright State Beach is an amazing
spot to spend the day and enjoy a bonfire at night. Seabright is
With record rains over the winter, our local waterways are full
and teeming with fish. If you are an avid angler, take advantage
of these ideal conditions and go forth with rod and reel
to bring home dinner. And even if you are a novice fishing
aficionado, you’ll enjoy heading to one of these picturesque
locations to try your hand at this relaxing pastime.
Pacifica Pier is widely considered the best pier for fishing
in all of California. Salmon, sanddabs, flounder, Dungeness
crab (when in season) and other saltwater fish can be lured
in. Be sure to check the state rules on number of catches. If
you are unlucky, drinks and snacks are available for purchase
at the Chit Chat Cafe.
Home to San Mateo’s biggest waterside play space, familyfriendly
Coyote Point Recreation Area offers your inner fisherman
a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the salty breeze
as you cast off in to the bay. The plus side to fishing at Coyote
Point? Even if you come up short for the day, you can always
hit the playground, or visit the CuriOdyssey museum.
Located in Half Moon Bay, Pillar Point Harbor boasts the
best commercial and sport fishing in the region. There are
several sport fishing charters operating at Johnson Pier and
salmon season normally runs into September. You can buy
fresh bait and fishing tackle right onsite.
probably the most popular spot in Santa Cruz for a bonfire, due
to its convenient proximity to the Beach Boardwalk. There are 10
fire pits from which to choose.
Named after the legendary intrepid explorer, Sir Francis Drake,
Drake’s Beach is part of the scenic Point Reyes National Seashore
and is an incredible setting for watching sunsets. If you’re looking
to spend an entire day in this neck of the woods, grab some snacks
and some firewood (and a permit) and head out to the beach.