Bay Area Beaches

Bay Area Beaches

Bay Area Beaches

Baker Beach

San Francisco, CA - Mile-long Baker Beach lies at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs west of the Golden Gate. Large waves, undertow and rip currents make the beach unsafe for swimming, but it provides panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands and Lands End. You can fish or check out the shore life along the beach and rocky shoreline. Restrooms and picnic tables are nearby.
Lincoln Blvd and Bowley St.

China Beach

Sea Cliff Ave., San Francisco, CA  - China Beach’s sheltered pocket of sand provides access to the water and a place to stretch out or picnic in the sun. The beach offers a picnic area, sunbathing, good play spots for children, and fine views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate. Unpredictable surf conditions make swimming dangerous, however.

Muir Beach

Hwy 1 and Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA  - mall southern Marin "town" of Muir Beach is just 6 miles from the Highway 1 exit. It's comprised of around 150 homes of mainly full-time occupants, who are lucky enough to enjoy the 2 beaches, the surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mt. Tamalpais, nearby Muir Woods National Monument, Green Gulch Farm/Zen Center, Slide Ranch and, of course the "old" English Pub, The Pelican Inn.

This beautiful area is full of wildlife: Monarch butterflies in the pine trees, salmon in Redwood Creek, frogs in the pasture, fox, birds, deer, coyote…! Horses and dogs are usually allowed on the beaches and some trails (but be sure to check with the rangers for updates or changes), the waves are great for boogie boarders and kayakers, the fishing is plentiful, and the star gazing is endless!

Ocean Beach

Great Hwy and Fulton St., San Francisco, CA - Ocean Beach is as popular for seaside drives, brisk jogs, and sunset walks as it was the early 1900s, when seaside visitors took in the fresh briny air along the esplanade that tops the seawall. The beach is nearly always enveloped in San Francisco's characteristic fog throughout the late spring and summer, with average temperatures in the 50s. The water is notorious for its strong currents and fierce waves, making it popular, but dangerous, among serious surfers.

Point Reyes Beach

70 Bear Valley Rd., Pt Reyes STA, CA - Point Reyes National Seashore contains approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) of shoreline, much of which park visitors may safely explore. Visitors may drive almost right up to Drakes Beach, Limantour Beach, and the Great Beach (at the North and South Beach parking lots).

The rest of the park's shoreline may only be accessed by trail or by boat. Some beaches, such as Palomarin and Sculptured Beaches, are good for tidepooling, while other beaches are covered by vast expanses of sand. The ocean water rarely exceeds 10°C (50°F), so those without wetsuits rarely stay in the water for long. Hypothermia, sneaker waves, and rip currents are just a few of the hazards of which visitors should be aware.

Stinson Beach

Hwy 1 and Arenal Ave., Stinson Beach, CA - Lifeguards are on duty May through October. Three and a half miles of sand give plenty of access to swimmers, surfers, and sun bathers. The 51-acre park adjacent to the beach offers more than 100 picnic tables (some with grills - all available on a first come basis). A snack bar is open April through September. The park is open until sunset.

Dogs are allowed in the park area on a leash only but are not allowed on the public beach area which is approximately a 1/2 mile of the 3.5 mile beach. Restrooms and showers are also available. Fires are NOT allowed on the beach. There are no campgrounds or RV Parks in the area, but there is lodging available.