Pescadero State Beach by Peter Adams Photography.
Heavy surf pounds the rocky shore at Pescadero State Beach in Pescadero, Californa as visitors head to the coast during a brief break in the Bay Area’s Winter rainy season on 12/29/12.

One of the great things about living in Silicon Valley is how easy it is to get out of it when you want to. The Pacific coastline is 32 miles due West and is a popular day trip for Valley dwellers looking for a bit of time with the ocean. There are dozens of beautiful beaches between San Francisco and Santa Cruz all with unique features and shores.

However, don’t get your hopes up for a sunny warm day at the beach. The Pacific is way too cold to swim without a wetsuit and it’s not uncommon to experience fog, wind, and pounding surf. You’ll need a warm coat to appreciate the magic.