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Baker Beach

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San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Baker Beach, San Francisco.- Baker Beach
  • View north to the Golden Gate.- Baker Beach
  • Clothing is optional on the north end of Baker Beach.- Baker Beach
  • Mussels (Mytilus edulis) and barnacles (Balanus glandula) at Baker Beach.- Baker Beach
  • Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) at Baker Beach. Though this succulent flowers beautifully, it is non-native to California.- Baker Beach
  • Battery Chamberlin. The "disappearing gun" installed for demonstration can be seen under cover on the left-most gun platform.- Baker Beach
  • Battery Chamberlin artillery storage.- Baker Beach
  • Picnic areas behind Baker Beach.- Baker Beach
  • Picnic areas behind Baker Beach.- Baker Beach
  • Baker Beach from Lands End Coastal Trail.- Baker Beach
  • Public restroom building at Baker Beach.- Baker Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Golden Gate views. Easy city access.
Cons: 
Can get crowded. Often foggy.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Boasting fantastic views of the waters and shoreline of the Golden Gate, and one of the best views of the bridge, Baker Beach is one of San Francisco's local gems. Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Baker Beach is ideal for those looking for a more natural beach environment close to the city. Tucked into the folds of the golden gate shoreline, Baker is less exposed to the wind and waves that frequent nearby Ocean Beach, and as such, tends to be slightly warmer.

The beach itself is a nice stretch of sand offering beautiful strolls and front row vistas out towards the shipping channels where container ships funnel through the Golden Gate. Ships aren’t the only things you’re likely to see on the water; be on the lookout for porpoises and brown pelicans gliding below and above the ocean's surface. Surf fishing is also popular here.

The southern portion of the beach is backed by cliffs on which the Seacliff neighborhood is built. Lobos Creek flows down from the Presidio and drains into the ocean here. Rocks at the south end are home to mussels and barnacles and provide interesting nooks and crannies to explore at low tide. The northern section of the beach is clothing-optional, and there is a volleyball net that is popular with the nudist community. Above and behind the beach is the historic Battery Chamberlin, which once housed a series of 50-ton rifles referred to as “disappearing guns,” installed to defend the San Francisco coastline during the early twentieth century. One of the guns remains on display today, and demonstrations of it's disappearing act (the gun is raised and lowered below the battery wall) can be seen on the first full weekend of the month between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Visitors will find picnic areas with tables and barbeque grills located behind the middle section of the beach within a Monterey Cypress grove. Easy access and the handful of amenities make Baker Beach a popular spot with locals and tourists alike. The parking lot that can fill quickly on fair weather weekends, so try and arrive early or take public transit.

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