Beaches of San Francisco are among the best places to enjoy the summer time in the Bay City. Often covered by fog, the beaches offer a cool retreat away from the chaotic metropolitan ambience of the city. Spending a day at these beaches ensures a memorable experience of one’s trip to San Francisco. Check out five must-visit beaches in this endearing Californian city.
This is perhaps the most popular beach in San Francisco. During summers, Ocean Beach becomes a hot spot among locals and tourists alike. Visit in the morning for a jog here and to watch anglers fish in the Pacific waters. Generally, the water here is quite cold and not apt for swimming, but the occasional sunny day promises a great sunbathing experience.
If you are looking for recreational opportunities by a beach, Stinson should be on your list. You can visit this beach anytime of the year but when it comes to swimming, hit the waters between May and September. During these months lifeguards are present at the beach.
China Beach is a small cove but quite popular for providing staggering views of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic attractions in San Francisco. It is among the quietest beaches in the city and has emerged as a prime choice amongst honeymooners. Swimming is not too safe due to currents and rip tides.
Its pristine surrounds and spellbinding scenery make for a relaxed paradise in San Francisco. Besides beachcombers, a large number of hikers also visit Muir Beach to enjoy a hike to Tennessee Cove via Coyote Ridge Trail or Coastal Trail. After your hiking session, find a spot on the beach to admire spectacular sunsets while sipping your drink.
For nature lovers, a trip to San Francisco is incomplete without visiting Rodeo Beach. Besides boasting azure waters, powdery sands, and soothing ambience, the beach is also a home to a range of birds; pelicans, gulls and cormorants are a few species you can find here. Surfing and hiking are also quite popular. On weekends, it becomes a popular place for family picnics.