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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 85%Family Travelers
- 74%Local Culture
- 71%Budget Travelers
- 68%Adventure Travelers
- 53%Green Travelers
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- Ocean Beach
- Ocean BeachMember ofAdventure TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Aug 05, 2013
You can't visit San Francisco without making at least a stop out here. No, you can't. Just roam through Golden Gate Park out past the windmill and suddenly you'll land on top of San Francisco's best not-so-secret beachy "paradise." Not in the traditional sense, of course. I mean sure, there's a beautiful beach that runs for miles, offering up one Northern California's best surf breaks (most appropriate for more advanced surfers), rolling dunes, and beautiful sunsets. But it's far from the California beach dreamscape made famous by such crap shows as Bay Watch. Nope. No thong clad beach bunnies here. In fact, it's often so cold you'll want a down parka and ski cap to ensure you can enjoy your leisurely evening stroll. Yet sometimes beauty is defined less by the traditional elements and more by the unexpected: like the romantic ruins of the Sutro Baths, cozy corners at the Cliff House, the pleasant running/biking trail along the Pacific Highway, the charming bonfires that light up the skies at night, or just the opportunity for random encounters with the warm, wonderful communities of folks who occupying the neighborhoods that meet the beach (the outer Sunset and Richmond Dists.). There are all sorts of reasons to love OB and its local inhabitants, even under a heavy fog. Here dogs, good coffee, and good company rule. As does the surf. So bring a board and a good attitude. Or skip the board and just come out to watch the show.
- Ocean BeachMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Sep 25, 2013
So you think that all of California is picturesque beaches, bikinis, and gentle ocean breezes wafting in off the pacific? Well you are partially right, there are picturesque beaches everywhere. This is San Francisco's version thereof. However the bikinis and gentle ocean breezes are not exactly what you would find here.
Ocean Beach reminds me more of a northeastern beach. You have a lot of dunes covered in foliage. It is picturesque beyond belief. Especially with the concrete breakwall with stenciled in numbers for stairwells, the wide sandbelt, and setting sun or glorious ocean pounding the shoreline...
Pro Tip#1: If you plan on taking a dip during any time of the year when it is not oppressively hot, I suggest you use a wet suit so you don't freeze to death since the water is super cold here.
Then again this place is fogged in half the year. I am sure we have all heard the famous Mark Twain quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent, was a summer in San Francisco." Personally I believe he was referring to the sunset district where Ocean Beach is located.
Pro Tip #2: If you cant take MUNI or be dropped off, be prepared to pay for parking.
I have shot photos at this beach more than once. I love strolling along it. I do not like taking a dip in the water. However it is a very special place to hang out and enjoy nature or the sunset or to have a picnic or any of a bazillion other things...
- Ocean BeachMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureFoodies+ 2Nov 15, 2013
Located at the outskirts of the city. It is predominately used as a surf beach for locals- the waves get very large and are extremely heavy (be weary of big days if you are a novice- intermediate). When its a beautiful and warm day- its a good place to go and hangout while catching some rays.
- Ocean BeachMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 5Jul 30, 2013
Popular spot for surfers as the swells get pretty big here. It's usually pretty overcast and chilly here, so don't come here thinking you can lay out and get a tan (unless it's exceptionally hot in SF). A great spot to bring kites and watch the sunset.
- Ocean BeachMember ofAdventure TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 7Jul 04, 2012
it's wet and it's cold...
so come prepared.
after hours theres no close parking...
drop off all the gear before parking a block away...
not to mention a sled or something to haul all that wood over the sand.
after hours there are rangers everywhere..
so if you can...get to an approved fire pit....but if not then hang somewhere in the middle because the rangers will start coming from the ends and kicking out unsanctioned bonfires one by one.
I think I stepped on a hypodermic needle.
don't worry so much...the fire can cauterize the wound.....
I'll still come to you for a bonfire regardless.
speaking of which..there's nothing like coming out here, dodging the rangers with a bunch of friends kickin' it on the sand cooking food over a bbq lighter fluid soaked roaring fire.
- Ocean Beach