San Francisco and Bay Area Beaches

San Francisco offers three beaches, China beach, Baker beach and Ocean beach. While the water temperature is not ideal for swimming (around 55 degrees F) the beaches are nice.

Baker Beach, located within the Presidio, is popular with sunbathers. The north end of the beach is popular for nude sun bathing.

This mile long beach is a great place for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands across the gap. Popular with families, this beach offers barbeques, bathrooms and showers. Swimming is dangerous here due to the water temperature, undertow and large waves.

Take 25th Avenue toward the ocean, turn right on Lincoln Blvd and left into Baker Beach.

China Beach is located in a sheltered cove and is probably the safest beach in the area for swimming, although not ideal. Life guards are on duty during the summer. Changing rooms, barbeques and restrooms are available. Access to the beach is down a steep hill.

Take 25th Ave, turn left on Seacliff Ave and follow the signs. Parking is available in the residential area.

Ocean Beach runs from near the tip of the San Francisco peninsula unobstructed for about four miles. Facing the Pacific Ocean, offshore breezes are often strong and cool. Clean, white sand beaches and a paved pathway make this a pleasant walk. Good surfing conditions can be found here. The Cliff House, camera obscura, Musee Mechanique lie at the north end of the beach. Not recommended for swimming or sun bathing. No lifeguards are on duty.

Off Hwy 1 between Balboa and Sloat Blvd.