Here are images of places and things on the Pacific coast in San Mateo County, including a handful of our most photogenic spot, Pigeon Point lighthouse. This meeting of land and sea is rugged and wild, foggy most of the year, clear mornings in summer are infrequent. It is at it’s best after winter storms, if you are partial to angry seas and dramatic clouds. The best beach-going is often September and October, when summer fogs begin to wane.
Contrast these images with Southern California, this coast is unspoiled by development, agriculture still reigns supreme. The ruggedness and corresponding lack of harbors mean visitors will find few access points to the ocean for boats. However it is very accessible by foot and home to many small parks, thanks to the Coastal Commission and land preservation groups like POST.