Top Beaches in San Francisco
I’m the type of girl who prefers sunsets to sunrises, walks to meditation, and yes, the beach over the forest. Living in San Francisco and only 5 minutes away from the beach, Kevin and I take advantage of beautiful weather whenever possible. Being that we are used to the lingering fog, the past few weeks have been an absolute treat. One of my favorite things about living in the city is the proximity to everything. Depending on where your located or visiting I’d definitely suggest checking out one (or more) of these beaches the next time you're in the San Francisco!
Being that this is my neighborhood beach I’m a bit bias. I love that it is a bit smaller than some of the larger destinations like Ocean or Krissy Field. The vibe during the week is pretty relaxed and mellow if it's not super sunny which makes it the perfect destination for picnics or sunset walks. Another bonus is the beach is dog-friendly and really accommodating for all ages, even on busier weekends most people are respectful enough.
There are a TON of running and walking trails that surround the area, most likely because of the unobstructed views of the Golden Gate, which fun fact, is where we shot our Christmas card a few years back! It truly is breathtaking and somewhere I’d highly suggest checking out, even if just for a late afternoon walk.
For years before moving to San Francisco, Ocean Beach was our spot! Kevin lived just up the street so we were always there on weekends with friends. The one thing I love most about Ocean Beach is the ability to have bonfires (seasonal). Even though snagging a coveted pit can be tricky it’s a blast to do with with a big group. This beach is definitely HUGE and one that attracts its fare share of people of all walks of life. Now, I’m not saying this is a bad thing but, the area can be a little seedy at night and I wouldn’t suggest going alone after dark. The proximity is pretty close to great dining, such as Park Chalet, The Cliff House, Lou’s and also Seal Rock.
China beach is the lesser known beach of the two already mentioned. Nestled between baker beach and Lands End's it's a great alternative if you're looking for a quieter experience. It can be a bit tricky to find if you're not familiar with the Seacliff Area, but once you find it, it's only a short hike down to the sand. The views are just as beautiful from here as they are from Baker but, you won't be able to bring your pup, as its strickly dog free.