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Baker Beach

Bowley Street, San Francisco, CA 94129
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  • Baker Beach
    Liza Prado
    5 Jul 26, 2014

    One of the best beaches in San Francisco, Baker Beach has postcard perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge on one side, and the open pacific on the other. It's popular with locals, especially on weekends, who come with everything from elaborate picnics to just a frisbee and a dog. Be sure to wear layers--temps can range from balmy to downright chilly. To get here, take the MUNI #29, which stops at the entrance or if you've got a car, follow the main drag in the Presidio until you reach the beach on the western edge (there's plenty of parking in two free lots).

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    Todd C
    4 Jun 12, 2014

    Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of the city.

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    Jasmine Sandhu
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    5 May 20, 2014

    One of the best beaches in SF bc of its panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. But beware it is a nude beach

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    5 May 17, 2014

    The hiking en route to the beach is almost as good as the beach. Almost. Baker Beach is a great spot to draw in the sand, listen to the Pacific, and bask under the glow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fantastic view and excellent swimming

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    5 May 01, 2014

    I would like to say that Baker Beach is known for its lack of crowds, that people speak of this place at the edge of San Francisco for its views of the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I’d love to say that Baker Beach is known for the great hiking trails that surround it. I’d love to say these things, but I can’t, because Baker Beach is most often known for its naked people.

    Yes, it’s a nude-friendly beach. But please don’t get intimidated. Most of us who come here keep our clothes on. Consider this simply a warning for your expectations, for I would be remiss if I didn’t prompt you for an eyeful as you wandered closer to snap that great photo of the bridge.

    Although it’s a beach, keep in mind that San Francisco is often cold, especially near the coast areas. Dress warm or bring a sweater just in case.

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    4 Jan 25, 2014

    Famous for its nudity (which isn't really the whole beach), this is the "town" beach for SF, and while it won't change your life it *is* lovely. A great place to chill out with a beer and people-watch or have a dip on a hot day, though beware of rips. For a bit of adventure, climb around on the rocks heading towards the Golden Gate.

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    5 May 24, 2014

    It's a nice beach for relaxing. I've done a lot of shoots here cause this place offers a variety from the view of Golden Gate Bridge to the Battery Chamberlain to the forest. One of my fave places in San Francisco. :)

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  • Baker Beach
    Janson Wigo
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    4 May 24, 2014

    A fun beach to go get some sun with friends. You can drink alcohol, bring your dog, and sunbath nude just to give you a feel for the setting. Id rather go to ocean beach but because its inside the city walls the fog will dissolve at baker before ocean beach. They have a parking lot and bathrooms at your connivence.

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  • Baker Beach
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    5 Nov 02, 2013

    With great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mile Island, and the Marin Headlands - when it's not foggy - Baker Beach is a great place for a run, a romantic picnic, or an afternoon with the kids.

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  • Baker Beach
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    5 Oct 27, 2013

    While it is a nude beach and thus may attract some wacky people, the incredible views in every direction can't be beat.

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    5 Oct 31, 2013

    Visiting Baker Beach is truly a San Francisco experience, both for its scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the hordes of naked people that cluster there. It's never too crowded, even when the rare perfectly sunny day hits the city, and is easily accesible by both bus and car.

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    5 Aug 22, 2013

    In addition to sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and the Marin Headlands, many visitors to Baker Beach often get another view; this is San Francisco's nude beach. While you'll see the usual array of joggers and dog walkers, you will also see tai chi in the buff, naturalist picnics, and nude sunbathers. This is San Francisco, after all. A dozen hiking trails go off in all different directions from the beach and the nature reserve area surrounding the parking lots. It's also a great spot to see wildflowers from March to May.

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Aug 01, 2014

    Probably San Francisco's most scenic beach, Baker offers stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. It is rarely warm enough to actually swim here, but its fun for a picnic, a stroll, or a little game of frisbee. Try to come for a sunset!

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  • Baker BeachPro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Jul 29, 2013

    I mean this in the least cheesy way possible, but I try to take long walks on the beach every other week or so. In San Francisco, there's no better spot than Baker Beach. The location (just west of the Golden Gate Bridge, with a stunning view back over the bridge and the Marin Headlands) can't be beat. About 340 days a year, the beach has enough elbow room for dog-walkers and touch football players, but is protected from the elements (unlike Ocean Beach, which faces the Pacific directly and can get tornado-like winds). Keep in mind the far eastern end of the beach is clothing-optional, and you *will* see, oh, say, buck naked 70-year-old men doing t'ai chi (true story from a recent visit).

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  • Baker Beach
    Phyth
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    5 Jun 22, 2013

    You come here for views of the Golden Gate and Marin Headlands, which are incredible. Perfect for a stroll or a picnic on a nice day.

    There are some nudists that visit this beach but they're mostly at the far end, towards the bridge.

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  • Baker Beach
    Paul D
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    5 May 23, 2013

    The World Famous Baker Beach,
    with Jaw-Dropping view of the Golden Gate Bridge,
    The far end of the beach is a nudest area.

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  • Baker Beach
    Mike Pistilli
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    5 Apr 02, 2013

    Known for its beautiful view of the Golden Gate bridge, this beach is one of the most well know in the country. While some locals say it is a little over rated, this beach offers one of the most romantic atmospheres you will find in SF.

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    Fran V.
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    4 Mar 14, 2013

    Feeling like taking a walk along the beach with a nice view? Then Baker Beach is for you. Baker Beach lies in the northwest part of SF, just west of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a public beach and I have seen some folks bbq, picnic, and walk their dogs here. There are lots of parking available, but note that it does quickly fill up on weekends and on super nice days.

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    Eric Brink
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    5 May 24, 2014

    Baker Beach is at the Presidio, is about a half mile long and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In 1904, it was fortified with disappearing gun installations known as Battery Chamberlin, which can still be viewed today. From 1986 to 1990, the north end of Baker Beach was the original site of the Burning Man art festival. Subsequent Burning Man events have taken place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

    I've been to Baker Beach several times, and always with all my clothes on. The optional folks are usually at one end, but since this is San Francisco it really doesn't matter either way as nothing really surprises me anymore. And what an opportunity is is to see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands from this ocean-side angle. If I ever get tired of seeing scenery like this.....

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  • Baker Beach
    Chandra Murphy
    4 Nov 19, 2012

    This beach has an awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and you can bring your dogs off leash there. A great place for a picnic lunch. Get there early to find a parking spot on nice days!

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Great views of San Francisco's greatest assets: the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge! You may be privy to spectacular views of assets of another variety if you're not careful-- the north end of the beach is clothing optional. More protected than Ocean Beach and in the shadow of a decommissioned military base, just minutes away from the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach is a secluded gem, popular with the locals. On a weekday, the crowd is thin; on a sunny weekend, well, watch out for overflow from the clothing optional section.

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