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Address: Daly City, CA

State park with a beach and a great fishing area.

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Nice spot to watch sunset and enjoy the beach

Nice sunset view but easily crowded during those times. Also have trails to go down to the beach (less people than ocean beach)

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice sunset view but easily crowded during those times. Also have trails to go down to the beach (less people than ocean beach)

Thank occomyanmar
daly city, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice ocean view walk and nice once you get down to the beach. Just be aware that it's a climb & vigorous walk back.

Thank M J N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

It's small so less crowded, but still a nice way to see the ocean and the coastal line. The most amazing thing is the old trees on the hill, which are awesome backdrop for pictures. It is easy to find a parking spot too.

Thank flora z
Daly City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I you're ever driving on HWY 1 and in need to take a break and hang out on the beach or see a quick view of the Pacific Ocean, stop into Thornton Beach! If you're driving south on 1 from SF it will be to your right side, if you're coming from 280 you exit John Daly, make a left... More 

Thank jaymers11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Just a few minutes south of the border of San Francisco, you will find Thornton Beach Vista and from there the Thornton Beach State Park. The little parking lot at the vista point is easily accessible from Skyline Boulevard. I walked to the edge of the pedestrian vista point in chilly Peninsula wind and fog only to be rewarded with... More 

Thank Audrey C
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

wow, this is just such a gorgeous place to go out for a run or go for a walk. There is a trail that leads you to a gorgeous view1

Thank jonnyfor64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

I grew up right here,San Francisco ,I love all our coastal beaches and parks,also they hang glide along these cliffs .and the view is "Spectacular!! " most of the time bring warm clothe and a blanket . In my youth,many a bomfire, lots of memories....

1 Thank Daniel A
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2014

Read about this on yelp so I gave it a try. To be honest, it’s not worth the effort to climb up/down from the parking area at the end of John Daly Blvd. I’d use Fort Funston next time. It took me a couple attempts to figure out how to get down to the beach from the parking area. I... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

The park is Daly City. I enjoyed walking the short path to look over the bluff area to Thorton Beach State Park. There are informational signs along the path that describes the coming of the railroad, the great earthquake of 1906, and a fun sign that says "If it's summer, bring a sweater".

Thank mini
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

From the bluffs we saw hawks, turkey vulchers, pelican and lot so dolphins. We saw dolphins stunning fish with their tails and body

Thank 2mchfn

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