Find Your Beach in San Francisco and Views of the Golden State Bridge

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Headed to San Francisco? It is warming up as spring is on it’s way! If you’re looking for a beach, like I was, I have the 3 you can enjoy during your San Fran trip right here:

1. Aquatic Park


This beach is the easiest to reach as it is located right where Fisherman’s Wharf begins (you should go there too!). It is medium sized, in a cove shape, and gives you great views of the San Francisco Bay. Look behind you and you will find San Francisco National Historic Park and Girardelli Square – both attractions for visitors that include dining, shopping, and waterfront sights.

There are plenty buses  that head towards Fisherman’s Wharf – Buses #30, 47 are popular routes or catch a trolley.

2. Baker’s Beach

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A bus or car ride away to the west, you will find Baker’s Beach nestled across from the Golden Gate Bridge.  You can also see the Marin Headlands from this beach. If you’re looking for a hike, go to the Coastal Trail or walk the 1 mile length of the beach.

Fun Fact – The state rock of California is “serpentine”. Baker Beach has tons of serpentine cliffs along the way to view.

Catch the #31 bus line and take it to  25th Avenue where you can transfer to a northbound #29 bus which will take you to Baker Beach.

3. Ocean Beach

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Ocean Beach is a bit further south, less visited by even residents of San Francisco. It has the high probability that it will be foggy. Due to that, you can easily find a lot of space to yourself! There is a beach clean-up that runs frequently open to all (If I hadn’t been working a travel event that weekend I would have joined in).

The beach itself is not the best for swimming, but rather is better for activities such as kite surfing, surfing, and hosting bonfires.

Take the #38 bus from Union Square or if you are coming from elsewhere, there are about 15 other buses you can take including the 5, 18, 31, 38, and 71.

Where else do you beach in San Fran?