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Baker Beach is located in Presidio just south of San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. With its panoramic views of Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands, Baker Beach is a popular beach and picnic destination for San Francisco locals, especially on weekends. Several picnic tables with barbecue pits are located to east of north parking lot. The beach has strong rip-tides, so swimming can be hazardous. A few fishermen may dot shoreline. The north end of beach is clothing optional, so families typically stay toward middle and south ends of beach.
Other beaches in San Francisco include Lands End Beach and China Beach, named for Chinese fishermen who used to camp nearby. San Francisco Castro Beach is not really a beach at all. It's a park that has garnered "beach" nickname because of all Castro sun bathers that blanket its lawns.
Adding a beach to your San Francisco agenda may be a great way to slow down frenetic pace of sightseeing and enjoy a more relaxed appreciation of San Francisco's natural beauties. Visit San Francisco Beaches for more information.
Jed Clark is a travel writer, photographer and long-time San Francisco resident. He maintains ZurdoGo.com, which contains travel tips and information about San Francisco destinations, attractions and neighborhoods.