The San Mateo is a perfect getaway for a weekend or longer. The stretch of coast here encompasses a treasure of great landscapes that stretch from Pacifica to the northern boundary of Santa Cruz County. The wild backcountry and deep canyons of the Santa Cruz Mountains help protect the coast and preserve its natural beauty for millions of visitors each year. The coastline here is rich in historic old structures, as well as stunning natural views. So many beaches to explore, trails to hike farms to visit local food to try. And the locals here are friendly and laid back. Well worth a trip here.