Posted by Jody on February 25, 2013
In my opinion, the very best views of the celebrated Golden Gate Bridge are from the lovely urban beaches of San Francisco!
Beautiful Baker Beach, located on the Presidio’s western shoreline, is just short drive from the tourist mecca of Fisherman’s Wharf. This one-mile stretch of soft sand is especially popular with fishermen and picnicking families.
The Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach
How about that view?!
Would you like to know more about San Francisco’s many wonderful urban beaches? Here are a few of our previous posts:
Amazing Views! China Beach, San Fransisco
Location, location, location! Baker Beach, San Francisco
Aquatic Park Beach, San Francisco, California
Have a great day at the beach!
Where’s my Backpack? Travel Theme: Bridges
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Posted by Jody on July 27, 2012
Vacationers flock to San Francisco, California in droves. According to what I’ve read, somewhere near 16,000,000 people visit The City by the Bay every year! The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, the ever popular cable cars, and Chinatown are just a few of the top destinations for tourists and locals, alike.
Beach enthusiasts can add Baker Beach to their San Francisco must-do list. It’s a wonderful, wide, sandy urban beach, lined with uber-expensive homes and surrounded by million dollar views!
Although there are warning signs about the dangers of swimming or wading along this strand, there were a surprising number folks in the water on our last outing. The day Greg and I visited, the sand was dotted with happy families strolling, picnicking, and fishing. You’ll find a picnic area with tables, grills, and restrooms at the east end of the parking lot.
Be forewarned (or be free), the far north end of Baker Beach is popular with clothing-optional sunbathers.
Grab a fresh round of San Francisco sourdough and then toast your buns at Baker Beach!
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Posted by Jody on January 23, 2012
Aquatic Park Beach, San Francisco, California (©Jody Diehl)
San Francisco is one of our favorite American cities. You just can’t run out of things to do in the City by the Bay. There’s Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and AT&T Park. Most of San Francisco’s best attractions seem to be within a stone’s throw of San Francisco Bay or the Pacific Ocean. One of our family’s favorite spots is Aquatic Park Beach, right there, in the center of it all.
Aquatic Park View From the Municipal Pier (©Jody Diehl)
Aquatic Park Historic Landmark District lies due west of Fisherman’s Wharf. Along with the Maritime Museum, and the Hyde Street Pier, it is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Just head west on Jefferson. Aquatic Park Beach is impossible to miss! The entire beach area offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay, and the city. The family friendly beach is open to the public. It rests on the shoreline of Aquatic Park Cove where you’ll find hearty swimmers in every season. The water temperatures range from lows near 50° midwinter, to the middle 60s in late summer. Distance swimmers are regulars here in the cold water, with non-motorized and sail/auxiliary boats being the only boats allowed in Aquatic Park Cove.
Aquatic Park Cove, San Francisco, California (©Jody Diehl)
Now that you have finished playing in the sand and splashing each other at Aquatic Park Beach, are you looking for something else “coastal” to do in San Francisco? You might just want to head over to Pier 39 to watch the California Sea Lions put on a show. They’re quite entertaining! ~Enjoy~
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Posted by Jody on August 8, 2011
Today’s Featured Writer: Kristie McLin
I was in San Fransisco, California for an afternoon at the end of January this year before heading to Palo Alto for a conference. A colleague and I set off to explore, photograph, and enjoy the day. I started with the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate State Park. When we met back up, we found we had a couple free hours left, so we decided to drive toward the Golden Gate Bridge. While we were at it, I suggested we find a beach, as my access to the ocean is very limited living in Salt Lake City. A quick search on my smartphone led us to China Beach. We easily found parking and walked to the trail head where we found this sign:
The afternoon had been cloudy and cold, but the sun finally began to peek out from behind the clouds just as it was starting to set. We walked down the trail to the little beach below the cliffs and saw a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
The view from China Beach. (photo by Kristie McLin)
The tide was coming in, and we wanted to push further up the coast to the bridge, but before we left, we saw a group of surfers entering the water.
Surfers heading out from China Beach. (photo by Kristie McLin)
How hard core (crazy) can you be, surfing in January with tiny waves on a rocky coast? We only spent a short time there, but it really left a lasting impression. Next time I’m in the Bay Area, you’ll find me at China Beach!
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