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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.

Popular Activities at Baker Beach

Like to make your visit to Baker Beach even more memorable? Remember to try out one or two of these things to do:

Waited forever to visit this celebrated attraction? Then you mustn't head back home without trying out a Small-Group Bridge to the Beach Tour.

For even more things to do, peruse our San Francisco things to do page.


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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 33 reviews
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    Located in Richmond District, this romantic property is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from China Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge. De Young Museum and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Geary Parkway Motel
    Geary Parkway Motel

    Geary Parkway Motel

    4750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 564 reviews
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      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 California San Francisco and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Sunny Private Room / Free Breakfast $100
      Sunny Private Room / Free Breakfast

      Sunny Private Room / Free Breakfast

      , SF
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        This property is located in San Francisco (Richmond District), close to Baker Beach, Golden Gate Park, and Golden Gate Bridge. Also nearby are De Young Museum and Japanese Tea Garden.

        Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum
        Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum

        Centrally Located in the Heart of SF, 2 Bedroom and 1 1/4 Bath - 30 Day Minimum

        , San Francisco,
           
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Richmond District, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of De Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences. University of California San Francisco and Golden Gate Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Sleep 12+, Great Area,quite Place With Fruit Trees AND A Bbq. 24/7 Access $375
          Sleep 12+, Great Area,quite Place With Fruit Trees AND A Bbq. 24/7 Access

          Sleep 12+, Great Area,quite Place With Fruit Trees AND A Bbq. 24/7 Access

          , SF
             
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            This property is located in San Francisco (Richmond District), close to De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, and Japanese Tea Garden. Also nearby are Steinhart Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences.

            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 2 reviews
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              Located in Richmond District, this property 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).

              Spacious Private Aparment Home in Outer Richmond District
              Spacious Private Aparment Home in Outer Richmond District

              Spacious Private Aparment Home in Outer Richmond District

              , SF
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
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                This property is located in San Francisco (Richmond District), close to Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, and De Young Museum. Also nearby are China Beach and California Academy of Sciences.

                Gorgeous SF House Near Golden Gate Park
                Gorgeous SF House Near Golden Gate Park

                Gorgeous SF House Near Golden Gate Park

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                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  This romantic vacation home is located in San Francisco (Richmond District), close to California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Park, and China Beach. Also nearby are Lands End Lookout and Japanese Tea Garden.