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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.


Guide to Exploring around Baker Beach


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Geary Parkway Motel

Geary Parkway Motel

4750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
2.5 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 Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Serrano Hotel

Serrano Hotel

405 Taylor St, San Francisco
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The Serrano Hotel is steps away from Union Square, perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, 2 blocks from the Powell Street cable car.

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Non-smoking Non-smoking Spacious 1-br Apartment

210 5th Ave, SF
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This property is located in San Francisco (Richmond District), close to Conservatory of Flowers, University of San Francisco, and University of California San Francisco. Also nearby are Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge.

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3879 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
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Situated in San Francisco, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and California Academy of Sciences are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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3879 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Francisco, this vacation home is close to Walt Disney Family Museum, University of San Francisco, and Palace of Fine Arts. Also nearby are Golden Gate Bridge and University of California San Francisco.

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3877 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Francisco, this property is close to Walt Disney Family Museum, University of San Francisco, and Palace of Fine Arts. Also nearby are Golden Gate Bridge and University of California San Francisco.

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3650 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
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Situated in San Francisco, this apartment building is close to University of San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts, and University of California San Francisco. Also nearby are California Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden.

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3650 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
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Situated in San Francisco, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts, and California Academy of Sciences. University of California San Francisco and Lombard Street are also within 3 mi (5 km).