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Best Beaches in the Bay Area

Best Beaches in the Bay Area

The geographic region we live in here in the Bay Area is NO JOKE when it comes to the most epic beaches within close proximity. North, South, East, West - no matter which direction you head, there is a beach destination with your name on it! Alite has compiled a list of 10 of our favorite beaches that are all totally doable for a day trip. Whether you are on bike, foot, public transportation, or cruisin' your own vehicle, there is a beach listed below ready for lounging. So, we’ll meet you there, and we’ll be eating a fresh Tartine loaf with a smoky gouda and tossin’ back a few 21st Amendment Watermelon beers.

 

Ocean Beach

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Cool Part: As one of the most popular and well-known beaches in San Francisco, beach goers don’t let the rugged waves and cool waters of Ocean Beach keep them away.  Even with a foggy haze on the Pacific horizon you will find experienced surfers and oceanfront joggers daily. Bonfire pits are waiting for when the sun sets or the perfect beach bonfire brunch is in need. After brunch, Ocean Beach is just a short walk to one to the best blocks in San Francisco which includes: Trouble Coffee, The General Store, Outerlands restaurant and Tuesday Tattoo.  When the majority of the United States is preparing for Winter, this is the time Ocean Beach gets some of the best beach-going weather.

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Fort Funston

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Cool Part: Dog lovers unite!  Fort Funston is one of the few parks in SF that allows your friendly pooch to roam free of leash through it’s beautiful trails and sandy beach-front.  Don’t have a dog and looking for an adrenaline rush?  The reliable winds have gusts so strong it has become one of the premier spots for hang-gliding in the country.  Be aware this beach is more for the trails and views than for a swimming spot.  The undertow and current along the coast is very strong and can be dangerous.

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Rodeo Beach

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Cool Part: Found just North of the Golden Gate Bridge stationed in the Marin Headlines, Rodeo Beach, is a unique California beach made up of colorful coarse pebbles rather than the usual fine sand.  It is a mecca for bird watching with a variety of species heading North or South. Fill your day with picnicking, hiking, surfing or just letting your mind wander while gazing out at the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

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  • Don’t have a car? No Worries! On Sundays and holidays, SF Muni line #76 services a bus stop right next to Rodeo Beach
  • Binoculars to check out the birds!

 

Stinson Beach

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Cool Part: If you are looking for a quiet day trip from the city to swim, test out your beach volleyball skills and picnic in the white sand, then take the trip down CA-1 to Stinson Beach.  The long stretch of oceanfront makes Stinson Beach one of the best swimming and picnicking areas north of San Francisco. Simply by surrendering your drivers license, visitors can borrow volleyball nets and balls from the main lifeguard tower. If you are not looking to spike a ball around, Stinson Beach is one of California’s most popular spots for beach combing.

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  • Stinson Beach Market - just incase you forgot your picnic supplies!
  • Grab some sandwiches and head to the beach!
  • The Dipsea - a run every year on the second Sunday in June. It is one of the oldest trail races in the U.S.
  • July 4th “Tug-o-War” - a tug between the people of Stinson beach and those of Bolinas

 

Baker Beach

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Cool Part: CAUTION: Young (or old), wild and free…of clothes that is.  Don’t be afraid to strip down to your birthday suit on the clothing-optional Northernmost end of Baker Beach.  On the topic of good-looking views, you won’t miss the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  On San Francisco’s few and far between ‘summer days’, the beach can get crowded so, get there early!

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  • Marshalls beach is close, and a little more private
  • Dont forget your camera (the view of the GG bridge is pretty epic)
  • Drinking water is a must

 

China Beach

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Cool Part: Tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach, in the Sea Cliff neighborhood, is a tiny cove known as China Beach; one of the lesser known public-accessible beach.  Legend has it this cove was named after the many Chinese fisherman who anchored their boats and used the grounds a campsite.

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  • At low tide, you can walk along the shore all the way from China Beach to Baker Beach
  • Cold water showers are open from sunrise to sunset

 

Pacifica

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Cool Part: “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”.  If you head to this crescent shaped beach you will find it holds, in our opinion, the world’s most scenic Taco Bell.  Pacifica State Beach is one of the San Francisco areas most popular beginners surf spot.  If surfing isn’t your thing, you can swim, built a sand castle, hike, or grab a Gordita and devourer the gorgeous Pacific Ocean views.

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  • Bathrooms and outdoor cold-water showers to rinse off
  • Mori Point hike!!
  • Beginners surf break is in front of the Taco Bell
  • Norcal Surf Shop - Rent a board and a suit. You can basically walk it down to the beach. They also offer lessons.
  • Sonlight Surf Shop - http://sonlightsurfshop.com/ - Board and suit rental + lessons
  • When it gets too chilly to stay at the beach head over to Sea Bowl

 

Chrissy Field

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Cool Part: As a fairly new addition to the beaches of San Francisco, the East Beach at Chrissy Field was opened to the public in 2001 after the area underwent a great restoration from a former military airfield to a lively environmental exhibit.  You’ll find picnic tables, wind-surfers, tidal marsh overlooks and a much-loved flat, hard-packed promenade for biking, running or walking.  Catch great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the occasional Cargo Ship passing through the bay from the beach or the trail.

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