The city of Pacifica, in San Mateo County, stretches along a six-mile area of the Central Coast beaches. Tucked away in several small valleys between the Sweeney and Montara Mountain ranges, it is a popular surfing destination, as well as a hiking and mountain biking sanctuary. Fishing is also abundant from the local Pacifica Pier and its own Rockaway Beach offers shopping, dining and a local farmers' market. Alive with playhouses, orchid gardens and a golf course, Pacifica stays true to its small town feel while having something for everyone's taste. Whether exploring the mountains, whale watching at the beach, or taking in the majestic sunsets, Pacifica is a wonderful gem among California's coastal retreats.