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At the edge of the Pacific, beachcomb, build sand castles or bonfires, but don't swim. The tumultuous waters can be too rough to handle.
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Fulton St & Great Hwy, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94121
Downtown San Francisco
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Reviewed 1 week ago

...and got what I came for!! I came early morning aiming for low tide so I could find empty sand dollars a few hours before my flight. Wasn't sure I'd find any and if it'd be worth the visit as the beach wasn't supposed to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ondineto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Between high surfcausing rip currents and a cold ocean keeping the fog near, there was not much to this beach. I am sure, with some sun, it would be worth a repeat visit, but this is more of a kiter's dream.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Edward W
Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Wow! What a beautiful beach. We first explored the cave and then we worked our way to the other side of the beach. Climbing on the rocks can be a little dangerous so I would start from the other side of the beach. If you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Happytourist52
Reviewed August 24, 2019

Ocean Beach in San Francisco runs for over two miles. From the Cliff House to beyond the foot of Sloat Blvd across from the San Francisco Zoo. The depth of the beach depends on the tides and the winds. A great spot to relax and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank WillieMacfan
Reviewed August 16, 2019

While exploring the area around Golden Gate Park, we came across this beach, where we could stop and relax on the sandy beach from our excursions through SF. Beach can also be reached by public transport.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank globalbob2016
Reviewed July 31, 2019

Large beach on the Pacific side of San Francisco, easily accessible via public transportation. Not very pleasant in a very cold and windy August day.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DrAB_TX
Reviewed July 19, 2019

A vast expanse of the Pacific, beautiful beach, windy in the evening. Great place to walk towards the Cliff hotel and Landsend

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Patwardhan
Reviewed June 17, 2019

If you can stand the fog, this is an incredible Pacific Ocean beach. Lots of sand and lots of water, but it's cold. No bikinis here.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed June 17, 2019

Visiting San Francisco can be a bit stressful. Lots of people and little space. Ocean Beach is the perfect antidote. This beach is never crowded, there is tons of FREE long term parking. Fresh air, ocean view. No it's not Hawaii, but it is a...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank mrt1955
Reviewed June 14, 2019

Visited again this trip and not disappointed. There is always something going on, beach volleyball, indivisible bbq’s which must be contained which was a great idea.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Cindy S
August 31, 2019|
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Response from Kalika611 | Reviewed this property |
There are a few pieces. I was able to collect some pretty pink pieces. If you like whole sand dollars, this is the place (provided you get to them before the seagulls do)!
Bonnie C
February 25, 2018|
Response from zuzanka1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Ocean Beach in San Francisco is very popular with dog owners because dogs are allowed on the beach off-leash from stairwell 1 to stairwell 21. South of stairwell 21, dogs must remain on leashes.
July 1, 2017|
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Response from jrftrav16 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a free parking lot along side the beach and parking on the side streets. Can be a bit crowded on sunny weekends. As with all parking near tourist sights in San Francisco, it is best not to have luggage or... More