Ocean Beach is a 3.5 mile stretch of uninterrupted shoreline along San Francisco’s west coast, adjacent to Golden Gate Park to the north. With strong currents and waves, Ocean Beach is popular with experienced surfers. The beach is dog friendly and features several designated fire pits at its north end.
Baker Beach’s mile of sandy coast along the Presidio’s western shore offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Baker Beach features picnic areas, nearby coastal trails, and is dog friendly. The northernmost part of the beach is clothing optional.
China Beach is tiny cove between Baker Beach and Lands End that was named for Chinese fishermen who used to camp at the beach. A steep descent to the beach, by paved trail or stairwell, is rewarded with spectacular views of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate.