Your Destination Guide to San Francisco

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Except for those that live here, it might come as a surprise that San Francisco is a great beach destination. The leaves-something-to-be-desired weather might have something to do with that, but the beaches are one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets. Ocean Beach is a great destination for visitors wanting to be humbled by the majesty of the Pacific while Baker Beach is popular for lounging and soaking up the sun (when it comes out). Further afield, Stinson Beach and Drakes Beach are great day trips that display the grandeur of the Californian Coast. Fog and cool temperatures are a fact of life here in the Bay Area, but there are just as many warm sunny days as foggy ones, so get out and enjoy San Francisco's awesome beaches.

San Francisco | Beaches

Aquatic Park Historic District
  • Aquatic Park Historic District
  • San Francisco's Aquatic Park Historic District sits at the west end of the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood and consists of the Aquatic Park Bathhouse and Amphitheater, a crescent-shaped pier and seawall, and a public beach.
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Baker Beach
  • Baker Beach
  • Located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, Baker Beach is one of San Francisco's most charming local beaches, its sands stretching over half a mile beneath the craggy serpentine cliffs.
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China Beach
  • China Beach
  • China Beach is the best beach bargain in town: sun, sand, and million-dollar views without the million-dollar mortgage.
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Ocean Beach
  • Ocean Beach
  • Shiver-me-timbers temperatures, impenetrable fog, freezing water, and waves that will knock you off your feet – Ocean Beach certainly has a reputation. For most of the year, it doesn't look or feel like a typical seaside attraction.
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Rodeo Beach
  • Rodeo Beach
  • Situated in the Marin Headlands just two miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Rodeo Beach is an easy urban-escape from San Francisco. The cliff-enclosed dark sand beach is a favorite among families, hikers, surfers, and – on those rare hot days – even sunbathers.
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Stinson Beach
  • Stinson Beach
  • Located just 20 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Stinson Beach is one of Northern California's most stunning, hidden treasures. Open every day of the year from 9:00am until sunset, this quiet retreat personifies beauty and serenity providing views both near and far.
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