San Francisco is a great place for a day at the best beaches. The Top Beaches in San Francisco are very beautiful and scenic. San Francisco is known for its fog, and that fog comes in through the ocean so that even on the warmest days of the year, a chill can usually be felt in the ocean air.
1. Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is very pleasant and one of the best beaches in San Francisco. It offers a break from city life and lets you remember that you are so close to nature when you are here.
It is the largest of the San Francisco beaches, taking up the entire west side of San Francisco and offering a Panoramic View of the Pacific Ocean. It offers 5 miles of peaceful surf and sand, where both locals and visitors go to meditate, reflect and let their imaginations get a little bit more of a natural influence than is possible in the city itself. It is an excellent beach for surfers to practice their skills, writers to jot in their journals and dog walkers to enjoy the mixture of leashed and unleashed dog-friendly areas located here.
2. Baker Beach
It is located just on the western side of the Golden Gate Bridge, providing the best ocean view of that most famous of San Francisco landmarks. Because of this striking view, Baker Beach is also the most crowded of San Francisco beaches. Swimming, surfing and sandcastle-building are also frequently enjoyed activities on Baker Beach. This beach is also known as “nude beach”.
3. Aquatic Park
It is located right in the heart of the city. Travelers enjoy this beach because it is very close to the Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square and locals enjoy this beach because it is a get-away which is easy to reach when coming home from the office or before heading out for the evening. This park has wading area where children and adults enjoy the rippling soft waves hitting the shore. There are 2 famous attractions located near this beach Hyde Street Pier and the Maritime Museum.
4. East Beach
This beach is commonly known as China Beach. It is located in Pacific Heights. This is one of the safest beaches for families, with shallow waters for kids to play during the summer. There are also picnic areas with grills available so people can enjoy some barbecued food at the beach. This beach is closest to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Bay Side.
5. Stinson Beach
Stinson Beach is located in Muir Woods providing a peaceful winding while a drive. This park is an excellent day trip location for San Francisco locals and visitors, offering easy access to state park hiking and facilities for picnicking and swimming.
6. Marshall’s Beach
Marshall’s Beach is also known as Golden Gate Bridge Beach. This beach is ideal during both Sunset and Sunrise. There are beautiful and colorful rocks of all kinds. It is a perfect location for photography.
7. Black Sand Beach
Black Sand Beach is located west of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. It holds a great scenic view from the beach.
8. Muir Beach
This beach is a favorite spot among locals. Redwood Creek at Muir Beach is home to numerous shorebirds, amphibians, salmon and trout, and marshy, water-loving plants called rushes. Muir Beach is one of the many spots for whale lovers to catch a glimpse of these giant marine mammals as they swim by during their winter migrations. Every autumn thousands of monarch butterflies as well.
9. Rodeo Beach
This beach is great place to go if you enjoy spending time outdoors. It’s a beautiful spot where you can hike, surf, picnic or keep an eye out for one of the many species of birds that calls this place home. Birds like pelicans, hawks, gulls, herons, ducks, terns, willits, loons, grebes, scoters, sanderlings or sandpipers can be viewed. There is also an historic military base, Fort Kronkite, located right next to the beach. There are picnic areas at Rodeo Beach located adjacent to the parking area overlooking the beach, and along Rodeo Lagoon.
10. Crown Memorial State Beach
This beach is known for its beautiful sands and warm waters which is perfect for one day trips. Swimming is permitted during park hours year round. Sailboards, kayaks and car-top inflatables are permitted at Crown Beach. Fishing can be done on the beach.
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