Doggie Heaven! Muir Beach, California
Posted by Jody on January 30, 2012
Muir Beach is just a quick and very curvy drive north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. This beach is Doggie Heaven, and it’s one gorgeous setting. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach currently allows “voice control” dog walking. Granted, dogs don’t really walk here! They run! Back and forth, and then back again across this lovely stretch of sand.
I would venture to say that the day we visited Muir Beach, there were more dogs on the beach than people. We counted maybe eight dogs and one really brave surfer. The water here is not suited for swimming and there are no lifeguards stationed at Muir Beach. According to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, “Swimming is not recommended along most of the parks’ ocean coastline. Pacific currents are dangerous and the water is very cold. Even at beaches and in secluded coves, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for incoming tides and rogue waves. Drownings occur every year.” Sunbathing is a popular pastime, though. I’ve heard tell that clothing-optional sunbathers prefer the northernmost end of Muir Beach. (Sorry, no photo.)
As for Muir Beach Overlook, just up the road, ParkConservancy.org reports, “Muir Beach Overlook is one of the many spots along the parks’ coast where whale lovers can watch these giant marine mammals swim by during their winter migrations. The Gulf of the Farallones sweeps between the overlook and the Farallon Islands, an ocean region full of dolphins, porpoises, seals, and whales. These sea creatures are under federal protection in the form of the 948-square-nautical-mile Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.”
If you’ll be bringing Rover to the beach, you might also want to check out Cesar’s Tips for Your Dog’s Day at the Beach.
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