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Baker Beach

This mile-long stretch of beach offers striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

Baker Beach, a mile (1.6 kilometers) of prime San Francisco coastline in the southwest corner of the Presidio, attracts a diverse crowd. Nestled in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, this sandy promenade offers exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s not just the majestic scenery, though, that draws visitors. People come here to sunbathe, play Frisbee or go fishing along the shore. The north end is a famous and popular nudist beach. On hot days in summer, Baker Beach becomes crowded, so getting there early is highly recommended.

Bring a packed lunch to enjoy at the picnic spot, sheltered by sand dunes that keep the ocean winds at bay. The barbecue pits and tables go fast in the high season, especially on weekends.

Head up to Battery Chamberlin at the north end of the beach, where a 97,000 pound (44,000 kilogram), six-inch (15-centimeter) “disappearing gun” is on display. On the first weekend of every month you can see a demonstration of the great rifle, which is similar to those that were originally set up here in1904.    

Baker Beach’s dramatic setting amid the coastal bluffs is home to some of California’s wildlife. Flocks of brown pelicans grace the sky, while migrating shorebirds explore the shoreline for food. Dolphins and harbor seals can sometimes be spotted surfacing nearby.

For visitors traveling by car there is a free parking lot close to the beach, but this fills up fast. Buses regularly stop in the upper parking area too. Reaching the beach by foot can be tricky in poor conditions. You can hike around the rocks to the north of the beach at low tide, but the surf can make this a hazardous pursuit. Be sure and pay attention to the tide level.

Baker Beach also serves as a gateway to the rest of the Presidio trails, and makes a pleasant stop-off point when exploring the rest of the region.


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Lodging Near Baker Beach

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It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need
It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need

It's Chic. It's an Apartment. It's Everything you Need

, San Francisco
     
    5.0
    of 5, from 31 reviews
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    Located in Richmond District, this romantic apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of China Beach, Japanese Tea Garden, and California Academy of Sciences. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Geary Parkway Motel $160
    Geary Parkway Motel

    Geary Parkway Motel

    4750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 472 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and Japanese Tea Garden. University of San Francisco and University of California San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Non-smoking Non-smoking Spacious 1-br Apartment
      Non-smoking Non-smoking Spacious 1-br Apartment

      Non-smoking Non-smoking Spacious 1-br Apartment

      , SF
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 1 reviews
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        Located in Richmond District, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, University of San Francisco, and California Academy of Sciences. University of California San Francisco and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Perfectly Located, Spacious Condo Half Block From Golden Gate Park
        Perfectly Located, Spacious Condo Half Block From Golden Gate Park

        Perfectly Located, Spacious Condo Half Block From Golden Gate Park

        , SF
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          With direct access to the beach, this Richmond District condo building is within a 15-minute walk of De Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, and California Academy of Sciences. University of San Francisco and University of California San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco
          Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

          Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

          2755 Lombard St, San Francisco
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 749 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Marina District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel $245
            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 618 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Laurel Heights, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Street and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and University of California San Francisco are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Inn at Golden Gate
              Inn at Golden Gate

              Inn at Golden Gate

              2707 Lombard St, San Francisco
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 845 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Marina District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and University of San Francisco are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Alpha Inn & Suites $141
                Alpha Inn & Suites

                Alpha Inn & Suites

                2505 Lombard Steet, San Francisco
                   
                  3.0
                  of 5, from 265 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Cow Hollow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).