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Baker Beach

This golden stretch of beach at the foot of the imposing serpentine cliffs offers panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

Baker Beach is a stunning 1.6 kilometre stretch of perfect golden sand along the San Francisco coastline, which attracts a diverse crowd. This is the perfect viewpoint to take in the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond.

The unpredictable large waves, undercurrents and rip tides make the beach unsafe for swimming so just lay back and soak up some rays, play a fun game of beach cricket, throw a frisbee or try your hand at fishing along the shore. There’s also a popular nudist beach at the north end of the beach. During the summer, the beach is packed with sun worshippers. Get there nice and early if you want to claim your spot on the sand.

There’s a picnic area that has barbecue pits and tables, so bring along a packed lunch and grab yourself a table. But be quick. They’re taken up fast, especially at weekends. The sand dunes shelter this spot from the winds coming off the ocean, which means your sandwiches will remain sand-free!

On the first weekend of every month, it’s worth heading to the north end of the beach to the Battery Chamberlin where you can see a demonstration of the 44,000 kilo, 15-centimetre great rifle known as the “disappearing gun” which is on display there.

Baker Beach is set among the dramatic cliffs that are home to some of California’s fascinating wildlife. You may see flocks of brown pelicans gracing the sky and don’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of dolphins and harbour seals popping their heads up above the water.

If you are planning to travel by car, there is a free car park close to the beach, but this gets full pretty quickly. Buses also stop in the upper parking area. Getting to the beach on foot can be hazardous in poor conditions. You can walk around the rocks to the north of the beach at low tide, but the surf can make this a dangerous pursuit. Also, you’ll need to keep an eye on the tide levels to make sure they don’t catch you out!

Baker Beach also makes a pleasant pit stop when exploring the rest of the region.

Popular Activities at Baker Beach

How about making your time spent at Baker Beach even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try one or two of these things to do:

Wondering what else there is to do at this fabulous attraction? We suggest buying a San Francisco: Small-Group Bridge to the Beach Tour.

If you're chasing even more options, take a look at our San Francisco things to do page.


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Geary Parkway Motel

Geary Parkway Motel

4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, and California Academy of Sciences. Japanese Tea Garden and De Young Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel Zephyr NZ$298
    Hotel Zephyr

    Hotel Zephyr

    250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, and Aquarium of the Bay. Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square are also within 15 minutes. Ferry Building Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Nikko San Francisco NZ$331
      Hotel Nikko San Francisco

      Hotel Nikko San Francisco

      222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from SHN Curran Theatre and Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. Westfield San Francisco Centre and Warfield Theater are also within 5 minutes. Powell St. Station is only a 5-minute walk and Civic Center Station is 10 minutes.

        Inn at Golden Gate NZ$257
        Inn at Golden Gate

        Inn at Golden Gate

        2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Hotel Spero NZ$296
          Hotel Spero

          Hotel Spero

          405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Cable Car Museum. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Powell St. Station is 8 minutes by foot and Civic Center Station is 11 minutes.

            Bright 3 Bedroom Home With Beach Views, Sleeps 6
            Bright 3 Bedroom Home With Beach Views, Sleeps 6

            Bright 3 Bedroom Home With Beach Views, Sleeps 6

            117 Sutro Heights Ave,, San Francisco, California
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Richmond District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              145 Stanyan Street\ - 2 Br Apts
              145 Stanyan Street\ - 2 Br Apts

              145 Stanyan Street\ - 2 Br Apts

              145 Stanyan Street, Unit #145, San Francisco, CA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Richmond District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Gate Park and University of San Francisco. California Academy of Sciences and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel NZ$510
                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

                Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

                444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pacific Heights, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fillmore Auditorium, University of San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Golden Gate Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also within 2 mi (3 km).