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. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it has as relaxed attitude that complements the breathtaking scenery and atmosphere of San Francisco and the Bay.
Well known for its nudist attendees, the north side of the beach is classified "clothing-optional". Due to the volatile conditions of the bay, the water is not safe for swimming, but is suitable for a quick dip in the shallows. Beach activities are encouraged, and popular choices include frisbee, shore fishing, photography, volleyball and barbecuing. Hikers can also enjoy the beach by picking up the Coastal Trail on the cliffside. Grills, picnic tables, restrooms, and free public parking are provided on site. Bring your own food as there are no restaurants or general stores within walking distance.
Baker Beach also hosts magnificent scenery, making it the perfect spot to sunbathe while gazing at the Golden Gate Bridge beyond the cliffs. It is also the perfect location to see and photograph the hills of Marin Headlands and Lands End immediately opposite the Golden Gate Bridge.
While Baker Beach experiences fog, particularly in the morning and through the summer months, it is far busier during fair weather. Its accessibility makes it a popular choice for recreation.
- Closing time: 7pm
- Metro Stop:
- Muni bus 29 to SW Corner of Bowley St. & Gibson Road
- Presidio Go Park Shuttle to Baker Beach
- Location: Gibson Road, San Francisco, CA
- Phone: 415-831-2750
- Website: www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/baker-beach