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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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Holiday Inn Golden Gateway $129
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Lombard Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and California St & Polk St Stop is 2 minutes.

    Geary Parkway Motel $80
    Geary Parkway Motel

    Geary Parkway Motel

    4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Steinhart Aquarium, Golden Gate Park, and California Academy of Sciences. University of San Francisco and De Young Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Irving St & 9th Ave Stop is 27 minutes by foot and Irving St & 8th Ave Stop is 28 minutes.

      Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel $116
      Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

      Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

      444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Western Addition, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is 29 minutes by foot.

        Inn at Golden Gate $80
        Inn at Golden Gate

        Inn at Golden Gate

        2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Marina District, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco, and Ghirardelli Square. Golden Gate Park and Pier 39 are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 30 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 30 minutes.

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

          Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

          2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Marina District, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Crissy Field and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection $80
            Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

            Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

            2322 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 23 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 23 minutes.

              Marina Motel $99
              Marina Motel

              Marina Motel

              2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chestnut Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Crissy Field and Walt Disney Family Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 27 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 28 minutes.

                Monte Cristo Inn $205
                Monte Cristo Inn

                Monte Cristo Inn

                600 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Western Addition, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palace of Fine Arts, Walt Disney Family Museum, and De Young Museum. California Academy of Sciences and Alcatraz Island are also within 6 mi (10 km).