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 San Francisco Beaches

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach

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Stretching all along the west side of the city, Ocean Beach starts just below the Cliff House at the north end and reaches all the way to San Mateo County at the south.

Known for its miles of sandy shores, Ocean Beach is also noteworthy for its strong currents and fierce waves, making it popular, but dangerous, among serious surfers.

The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and operated by the National Park Service.

See web site: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park.asp?park=68

China Beach
China Beach

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In gold rush times, this cove located in Pacific Heights was used as a campsite by many of the Chinese fishermen who worked in and around San Francisco Bay.

Today it is a favorite spot for swimming and more private sunbathing. One of the safer beaches in the summer when lifeguards are on duty, China Beach is located at Seacliff and 28th Avenue, just off El Camino Del Mar.

Above beach level, grills and a picnic area are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms and cold-water showers are open sunrise to sunset.

See web site: www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park.asp?park=5

Baker Beach
Baker Beach

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This may be San Francisco’s most scenic beach, with its spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

Actually located in the Presidio, Baker Beach is just west of the Bridge. It is a favorite sunbathing and picnic destination for the locals when the weather gets warm.

The north end of the beach is clothing-optional, so families typically stay toward the middle and south ends.

See web site: www.nps.gov/archive/prsf/places/bakerbch.htm

  (photo © Chee-onn Leong)

Baker Beach, San Francisco