Bean Hollow State Beach
Map showing the location of Bean Hollow State Beach
Map showing the location of Bean Hollow State Beach
Map showing the location of Bean Hollow State Beach
Map showing the location of Bean Hollow State Beach
LocationSan Mateo County, California, United States
Nearest cityPescadero, California
Coordinates37°13′33″N 122°24′32″W / 37.22583°N 122.40889°W / 37.22583; -122.40889
Area44 acres (18 ha)
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

Bean Hollow State Beach is a beach in the state park system of California, United States. It is located in San Mateo County near Pescadero. The beach offers fishing, picnicking and beachcombing. Visitors can explore tide pools with anemones, crab, sea urchins and other marine inhabitants. The beach also has a self-guided nature trail.[1] Swimming is dangerous because of cold water, rip currents, heavy surf and sharks. Bean Hollow is 17.5 miles (28.2 km) south of Half Moon Bay and 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Pescadero on State Route 1.[2] The 44-acre (18 ha) property was acquired by the state in 1958. Bean Hollow has become one of the premier locations in California for 1/10 scale radio control 4 wheel drive trucks.[3]


Named after Cañada del Frijol which was applied in the 1840s. The English term was in use by 1861.[4]


The earliest recording of the area was from the Portolá Expedition of 1769 who were retreating back to San Diego along an Ohlone road. "...we made camp close to one of two large streams in the San Pedro Regalado hollow, where there is a good-size lake, a great deal of wood, and grand grass." - Return Journal of Fray Juan Crespí, Saturday November 18. Once in Ohlone country, the Expedition found the native people to be most gracious, offering food and guidance. The Quiroste’s home territory encompassed roughly 90 square miles and stretched from the sea to ridge-tops in the mountains to the east. They were hunters and gatherers who knew how to manage their land’s resources so that the plants upon which they relied would proliferate. Quiriste Valley contains at least 13 documented and undocumented archaeological sites. Initial research shows they occupied the area at least a thousand years.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Clifford, Jim (November 21, 2017). "Before Martins Beach, there was Pebble Beach". The Daily Journal. San Mateo Daily Journal. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Bean Hollow SB". California State Parks. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  3. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 30. Retrieved 2011-09-24. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 29. ISBN 0520213165.
  5. ^ "Portola Expedition Camp" (PDF). Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2023.