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Best Beaches in San Francisco

If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor excursion, San Francisco’s beaches offer breathtaking views that is perfect for long walks or just contemplation. Its beaches combine great views with the fresh tang of cold ocean breakers. San Francisco isn’t known as a beach town, but we’ve got some gorgeous beaches well-worth exploring.


Ocean Beach is the grand-daddy of San Francisco beaches, stretching out for three miles along the entire western edge of San Francisco. A wide, flat expanse of sand, this beach is the best one for long walks. It is also the most popular, which means lots of people on our warm, sunny days. This is a great surfing beach, and dogs can be off-leash in certain parts.

How To Get There – There is parking along the Great Highway as well as on the numerous side streets along Ocean Beach. It is also accessible by a number of buses and the N-Judah and L-Taraval Muni lines.


Baker Beach has the famous postcard view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This beach sits just outside the Golden Gate, with the old guns of Battery Chamberlin guarding the approach to the bay. This San Francisco beach is a must-see; be sure to bring your camera! (It’s also the local nude beach, but only one end of it.)
How To Get There –  To reach Baker Beach using a public transit system take the #38 Geary Outbound and transfer to the #29 Sunset Bus. Be sure to request a transfer pass when boarding the #38 Geary. If you are driving, signs are provided along Lincoln Boulevard to reach here. Free parking lots are available but on a sunny day these fill up very fast.


China Beach is a pocket-beach: a miniature, lesser-known cove next door to Baker Beach, tucked away in an exclusive neighborhood. Too small for long walks, but with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. A few brave souls swim here.
How To Get There China Beach is located at Sea Cliff and 28th Avenue in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. From El Camino del Mar, follow small brown signs that say “Public Beach.” Parking is very limited at China Beach, with less than 40 spots available. To take San Francisco Muni, get off the #29 bus at Lincoln/Camino del Mar and 25th Avenue and walk west, or take bus #1 to California and 30th Avenue and go north. Both are about five blocks away.


One of the lesser-known and visited beaches in San Francisco, Lands End is a hidden gem secluded behind the dramatic cliffs west of Lincoln Park.  Accessible via a steep trail, it is best to wear sturdy shoes to get here. While the beach itself is a beautiful spot for sunbathing or picnicking, swimming is prohibited due to dangerous water conditions. It is the beautiful hiking along the bluffs that really make.
 Lands End a must-see attraction. Along the way, you’ll see hillsides of cypress and wildflowers, catch glimpses of old shipwrecks, wander around the old ruins of the Sutro Baths or visit the Lookout Visitor Center.
How To Get There Park your car at West Fort Miley, or you can also look for parking at El Camino Del Mar, and the Cliff House.


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