The typical thing for people to do in the summer if they have spare time is to head to the beach. There are only a handful of cities in the United States which boasts have a beach or two within its city limits. One of these cities in San Francisco and locals take advantage of the beaches within the 7 by 7 mile city every summer. Three of these beaches in San Francisco has views of its most iconic landmarks the Golden Gate Bridge which makes every visit even more spectacular.
In the great city of San Francisco, there are four beaches that people can easily go to. They all have parking and great views. Some beaches have other “attraction” close to them that you can also checkout after you go sunbathing. A couple of these beaches also allows watersports such as parasailing and surfing. All these beaches are kid and dog-friendly which allows you to bring the entire household. Here are the four easily accessible beaches in San Francisco.
Crissy Field East Beach – probably the most accessible beach from downtown San Francisco. It is located at the northeast end of Crissy Fields by the Crissy Field Center. If you like to bask in the sun with a great view, you will get a great one here of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clean, “fog-less” day. The view is incredible that TV shows and films are sometimes shot here. If you need a landmark to check out or as a point of reference, the famous Palace of Fine Arts is just across the street. There’s quite a bit of parking spaces here if you feel like driving.
Baker Beach – located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, the northwest side. If you search Baker Beach on the internet, this beach is also listed as a clothing optional beach. If you don’t want to have that kind of “view”, stay around the south end of Baker Beach by the Battery Chamberlain parking lot where several spaces are available.
China Beach – a little difficult to get to and parking at the entrance of China Beach is very very limited. Located at Sea Cliff Avenue by 30th Avenue come early if you want to get parking. When you get here, it seems that is a private stretch of beach because the location is in a residential area. But its open to the public with great views of the open Pacific.
Ocean Beach – the longest stretch of beach in San Francisco is located in the Sunset District. There were surfers here when I visited and found the ruins of Sutro Baths just around the corner from the Cliff House. This beach stretches about 3 mile or so from the Cliff House and parking is quite abundant. The Cliff House is a landmark in its of itself – it is the oldest restaurant in San Francisco. Drive about a couple of miles down from Sutro Baths and you’ll find the entrance to San Francisco Zoo if the kids feel like seeing land animals.
The city of San Francisco is mostly surrounded with water and I’m sure locals would probably say there are other beaches out there. These four would be the most popular ones in the city. Be sure to check them out and the landmarks that surrounds it.