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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.

Give yourself lots of time at Baker Beach. Below are some of the top things to do:

Waited forever to make it to this celebrated attraction? Then you mustn't go home without trying out a San Francisco: Small-Group Bridge to the Beach Tour.

For even more things to do, examine 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 mile (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park and California Academy of Sciences. University of San Francisco and De Young Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Hotel Whitcomb NZ$130
    Hotel Whitcomb

    Hotel Whitcomb

    1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. San Francisco City Hall and Van Ness Avenue are also within 10 minutes. Civic Center Station is only a 3-minute walk and Powell St. Station is 13 minutes.

      RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf NZ$197
      RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

      RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

      2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Hotel Caza

        Hotel Caza

        1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Hotel Zephyr San Francisco NZ$230
          Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

          Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

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

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            Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco NZ$203
            Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

            Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

            2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hotel Spero

              Hotel Spero

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

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                La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel NZ$174
                La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel

                La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel

                2599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Marina District, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Crissy Field and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).