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San Francisco Beaches

San Francisco Beaches Overview

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Beaches in San Francisco include the popular choices like Hearts Desire Beach, Stinson Beach, Baker Beach and Pacifica to the more obscure Kelham Beach, Moss Beach and Bean Hollow. Find fun beaches with all the amenities like restrooms, showers, cafés and camping or the more obscure, difficult to find beaches where no one else will be. Whether you're looking for the best beach, dog beach, surf spot or nude beach, you'll find it here. We've listed all of them from Tomales Bay to Pescadero.

NOTE: Visit the Heal the Bay website for details on water cleanliness... especially in urban regions.

TIDE CHARTS for exploring beaches with tide pools

Tomales Bay

Lawson's Landing is located off Highway 1 from Dillon Beach Road. Head west out of the small town of Tomales. Situated south of Dillon Beach along Marine View Drive, Lawson's Landing is a boating resort with a huge sandy beach, pier, boat launch and RV camping. Lawson's features 1.5 miles of sand and coastal dunes in the semi-protected waters of Tomales Bay. Fee required for entry.

Lawson's Landing
137 Marine View Drive
Dillon Beach, CA 94929
(707) 878-2443

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Miller Park is found off Highway 1 between Tomales and Marshall. Situated in the protected waters of Tomales Bay, Nick's Cove features a couple small beaches with a boat launch, fishing pier and popular restaurant & bar.

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Tomales Bay State Park is situated off Highway 1 approximately 40 miles north of San Francisco. Tomales Bay features dense forest, beaches, rolling hills, meadows and marshes. Activities include hiking, picnicking, swimming, clamming and boating. Tomales Bay State Park has several sandy beaches that are protected from wind and waves with some that are only accessible by boat. Hearts Desire is the most popular and can fill quickly during the summer.

Tomales Bay State Park
1208 Pierce Point Road
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1140

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  • Millerton Point is located off Highway 1 between Marconi and Point Reyes Station. Millerton Point features a long sandy beach with good clamming at low tide. Park in the small parking lot off Highway 1 and follow a short dirt trail to the shore. No facilities.
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  • Hearts Desire Beach is found off Highway 1 from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Watch for the Tomales Bay State Park sign off Pierce Point Road approximately 7 miles north of Highway 1. Hearts Desire is the most popular beach in Tomales Bay State Park and features a large sandy beach with picnic tables nestled in a dense forest. Parking lots fill quickly on weekends during the summer. Restrooms available.
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Chicken Ranch Beach is located off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard less than 1 mile north of Inverness. Watch for the parking turnout north of Tomales Bay Resort. Situated within the protected waters of Tomales Bay, Chicken Ranch features a small sandy beach and marsh. No facilities.

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Marshall Beach is situated off Pierce Point Road in a remote section of Tomales Bay. From Pierce Point Road north of Inverness, watch for the Marshall Beach Road turnoff just past the Tomales Bay State Park sign and road that leads to Hearts Desire Beach. Follow Marshall Beach Road for approximately 2 miles and park at the Marshall Beach trailhead sign. Follow the 1 mile trail north to Marshall Beach which features a secluded cove with a long sandy beach in the protected waters of Tomales Bay. No facilities.

NOTE: Marshall Beach is a popular clothing optional nude beach.

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McClures Beach is located at the end of Pierce Point Road in the northern portion of Tomales Bay. Situated just past Pierce Point Ranch, park in the parking lot and follow the McClures Beach trailhead less than a half mile to the shore. McClures features a large sandy beach, tide pools and a small sea cave on the unprotected Pacific side of Tomales Bay. The sea cave is only accessible during low tides. The historic Pierce Point Ranch is nearby which was a successful dairy ranch established in 1858. Restrooms available at the parking lot.

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Kehoe Beach is found at the end of Pierce Point Road in the northern portion of Tomales Bay. Watch for the trailhead parking right off of Pierce Point Road. Follow the Kehoe Beach Trail less than a mile to a large sandy beach on the unprotected Pacific side of Tomales Bay. Restroom available at trailhead.

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Abbotts Lagoon is situated approximately 6 miles northwest of Inverness off Pierce Point Road. Watch for the trailhead parking right off of Pierce Point Road. Follow the Abbotts Lagoon Trail approximately one mile to a huge sandy beach backed by freshwater lagoons and coastal dunes on the unprotected Pacific side of Tomales Bay. Restroom available at trailhead.

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North Beach is located southwest of Inverness off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Watch for the North Beach sign off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Head west on North Beach Road to the end and a large parking lot. North Beach is a huge sandy beach backed by coastal dunes on the unprotected Pacific side of Tomales Bay. North Beach and South Beach combined are also referred to as 'The Great Beach'. Restrooms available.

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South Beach is found southwest of Inverness off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Watch for the South Beach sign off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Head west on South Beach Road to the end and a large parking lot. South Beach is a huge sandy beach backed by coastal dunes on the unprotected Pacific side of Tomales Bay. North Beach and South Beach combined are also referred to as 'The Great Beach'. Restrooms available.

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Drakes Beach is located southwest of Inverness off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Watch for the Drakes Beach sign off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Head south on Drakes Beach Road to the end and a huge parking lot. Drakes Beach is a large sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs with a visitor center, café, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms and an outdoor shower. Drakes is known for its picturesque white cliffs. Situated in Drakes Bay, Drakes Beach is partially protected from rough waves by Point Reyes.

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Limantour Beach is situated off Highway 1 from Point Reyes Station. From Highway 1, head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, make first left on Bear Valley Road and right on Limantour Road. Follow Limantour Road for approximately 7 miles to a large parking lot and the Limantour trailhead. Follow the short trailhead to the sea. Situated on the north shore of Drakes Bay, Limantour features a huge sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs and marsh. Restrooms and picnic benches available at the trailhead.

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Santa Maria Beach is found off Highway 1 from Point Reyes Station. From Highway 1, head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, make first left on Bear Valley Road and right on Limantour Road. Follow Limantour Road for approximately 5 miles and make left at the sign for Youth Hostel/Environmental Education Center. Park in small parking lot on right a half mile down the road. Follow the Laguna Trail or Coast Trail approximately 2 miles to the sea. Situated between Limantour and Sculptured Beach, Santa Maria features a huge sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs at the mouth of Santa Maria Creek. Primitive camping is only a short distance from the seashore. No facilities.

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Sculptured Beach is located off Highway 1 from Point Reyes Station. From Highway 1, head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, make first left on Bear Valley Road and right on Limantour Road. Follow Limantour Road for approximately 5 miles and make left at the sign for Youth Hostel/Environmental Education Center. Park in small parking lot on right a half mile down the road. Follow the Laguna Trail or Coast Trail approximately 2 miles to Santa Maria Beach and head south to Sculptured Beach. Situated between two creeks, Sculptured features a huge sandy beach with picturesque rock formations backed by coastal bluffs. Primitive camping is available at Santa Maria Beach. No facilities.

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Real Secret Beach is situated off Highway 1 from Point Reyes Station. From Highway 1, head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, make first left on Bear Valley Road and right on Limantour Road. Follow Limantour Road for approximately 3 miles and park in parking lot on left for the Sky Trail trailhead. Follow the Sky Trail for approximately 4 miles to the Coast Trail, make a right and follow for a short distance to Kelham Beach. From Kelham Beach head north and through the tunnel cave to Real Secret Beach. It's a tiny sandy beach with picturesque rock formations backed by coastal bluffs. No facilities.

WARNING: Real Secret Beach can be completely consumed and cut off by high tides. Be very aware of the tides when visiting... it could be a life threatening situation.

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Kelham Beach is located off Highway 1 from Point Reyes Station. From Highway 1, head west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, make first left on Bear Valley Road and right on Limantour Road. Follow Limantour Road for approximately 3 miles and park in parking lot on left for the Sky Trail trailhead. Follow the Sky Trail for approximately 4 miles to the Coast Trail, make a right and follow for a short distance to the sea. Kelham features a large sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs. To the north are picturesque rock formations of Point Resistance. To the south is Arch Rock. No facilities.

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Wildcat Beach is found off Highway 1 from Olema Bolinas Road. Head south on Olema Bolinas Road, turn right on Mesa Road and follow to the end. Follow the Coast Trail from the parking lot for approximately 6 miles to the sea. Wildcat features a large sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs. Primitive camping is only a short distance from the seashore. Alamere Falls is located south of Wildcat and features a beautiful cascading waterfall on the sand. No facilities.

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Palomarin Beach is situated off Highway 1 from Olema Bolinas Road. Head south on Olema Bolinas Road, turn right on Mesa Road and follow to the end. Follow the Coast Trail from the parking lot for less than a mile to the sea. Palomarin features a large sandy beach and tide pools backed by coastal bluffs. Restroom at parking lot.

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North Bay

Agate Beach is found off Highway 1 from Olema Bolinas Road. Head south on Olema Bolinas Road, turn right on Mesa Road, left on Overlook Road, right on Elm Road and pass through the quaint community of Bolinas. Parking lot available at the end of Elm Road on the left. Follow the wide trail down the bluff to the ocean. Agate Beach features a mix of large sandy beach and rocky tide pools backed by steep bluffs. It's part of the Duxbury Reef State Marine Reserve that offers excellent opportunities for diving, snorkeling, fishing and red abalone diving. No facilities.

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Bolinas Beach is located off Highway 1 from Olema Bolinas Road. Head to the end of Olema Bolinas Road and access from the end of either Brighton Avenue or Wharf Road. Bolinas features a large sandy beach at the mouth of Bolinas Lagoon. The mouth of the lagoon is a popular surf spot that delivers good rights and lefts. No facilities.

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Upton Beach is situated off Highway 1 from Calle Del Arroyo. Head northwest on Calle Del Arroyo and left on Walla Vista. Park along Walla Vista in the residential neighborhood. Upton features 4 miles of sandy beach backed by homes on a peninsula separating Bolinas Lagoon from the Pacific Ocean. Upton connects with Stinson Beach to the south. No facilities.

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Stinson Beach is found off Highway 1 approximately 20 miles north of San Francisco. Watch for the Stinson Beach entrance off Highway 1. Stinson is a small portion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It features a long stretch of sandy beach, picnic tables, barbecues, snack bar, restrooms and showers. Known as a great surfing spot, Stinson is a popular locals hangout. Activities include hang gliding, kayaking, surfing, picnicking and sun bathing.

WARNING: Several shark attacks have occurred at Stinson Beach over the years. Swim and surf at your own risk.

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Muir Beach is situated off Highway 1 approximately 12 miles north of San Francisco. Watch for the Muir Beach sign off Highway 1. Muir is a small portion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It features a small sandy beach tucked into a cove surrounded by high bluffs with coastal trails. From the parking lot, cross the footbridge over Redwood Creek and follow the trail down to the ocean. The Coastal Trail is a massive trail system that follows the coast connecting Mt. Tamalpais with the Golden Gate Bridge. Every fall Monarch Butterflies nest in a small grove of Monterey pines at Muir. No facilities.

NOTE: The north end of Muir is a popular clothing optional nude beach.

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Pirates Cove is located off Highway 1 approximately 10 miles north of San Francisco. Pirates Cove is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Pirates Cove is only accessible by hiking several miles of the Coastal Trail from either Muir Beach or Rodeo Cove. The Coastal Trail is a massive trail system that follows the coast connecting Mt. Tamalpais with the Golden Gate Bridge. Access requires a steep climb up and down the bluff. Pirates Cove is a tiny rocky cove backed by huge coastal bluffs. Pirates Cove features endless tide pools and ultimate privacy due to its remoteness. No facilities.

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Tennessee Cove is found off Highway 1 approximately 9 miles north of San Francisco. Tennessee Cove is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Tennessee Cove is only accessible by hiking a short distance of the Coastal Trail from Rodeo Cove. The Coastal Trail is a massive trail system that follows the coast connecting Mt. Tamalpais with the Golden Gate Bridge. Access requires a steep climb up and down the bluff. Tennessee Cove features a small black sand cove backed by huge coastal bluffs. Due to its remoteness, Tennessee Cove can oftentimes be completely void of visitors. No facilities.

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Rodeo Beach is situated off Highway 1 from Alexander Avenue. Connect with Conzelman Road on the west side of the highway and follow to McCullough Road. Head north on McCullough Road at the circle and make left on Bunker Road. Follow Bunker Road for approximately 2 miles and veer left on Mitchell Road to the ocean. Rodeo Beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It features a large sandy beach backed by Rodeo Lagoon and the Marin Headlands. Rodeo Beach is unique for its green and red pebble sand. The Coastal Trail is a massive trail system that follows the coast connecting Rodeo with Mt. Tamalpais and the Golden Gate Bridge. Plenty of parking is available along Mitchell Road and in parking lots across the road. Restrooms and showers available in the parking lot. Situated at Fort Cronkite, Rodeo is surrounded by historic military buildings, bunkers, batteries and missile sites. Cronkite Beach is a popular surf spot that commonly produces overhead rights at the north end.

Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Rodeo Beach
Mitchell Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-1540

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Headlands Beach is found off Highway 1 from Alexander Avenue. Connect with Conzelman Road on the west side of the highway and follow to the turnout approximately 1 mile from the circle. Headlands is a large hidden beach at the base of steep cliffs. Access requires descending a steep trail from the parking lot. Restrooms available at the parking lot.

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Kirby Cove is located off Highway 1 from Alexander Avenue. Connect with Conzelman Road on the west side of the highway and follow a short distance to Spencer Battery. Take in the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco from Spencer Battery before hiking the one mile access road to Kirby Cove. Kirby Cove is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Kirby Cove features a small black sand beach, historic Kirby Battery ruins and primitive campground.

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Schoonmaker Beach is situated off Bridgeway in Sausalito. Schoonmaker is a small sandy beach in the middle of Sausalito Harbor. Schoonmaker is popular for swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. Kayak rentals are available.

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Angel Island is found in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island is accessible by ferry from San Francisco, Sausalito and Tiburon. Angel Island has been used by the U.S. Military since the Civil War. Its uses were many including an immigration processing station from 1910 to 1940, a POW processing station during WWII and a Nike missile site during the Cold War. Angel Island welcomes boaters, nature lovers, backpackers, sightseers and fisherman. Several beaches surround the island from secluded coves to the busy Ayala Cove near the ferry pier.

Angel Island
Belvedere-Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-5390

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  • Ayala Cove is located on the northwest side of Angel Island at the ferry terminal. Around the cove from the ferry pier is a small sandy beach.
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  • Quarry Beach is situated on the east side of the Angel Island. Quarry features a large sandy beach backed by bluffs with historic buildings and the Angel Island State Park Visitor Center. No facilities at the beach.
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  • Perle's Beach is found on the southwest side of Angel Island. Access requires descending a steep trail down the cliff side. Watch for the access point near the guardrail and slide area off the road. Perle's features a small sandy beach that is more secluded than other beaches on Angel Island. No facilities.
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Paradise Beach Park is located off Highway 101 from Tiburon Boulevard. Head east on Tiburon Boulevard, make left on Trestle Glen Boulevard, veer right on Paradise Drive and follow to the ocean. Situated on the east side of the Tiburon peninsula, Paradise Beach Park is nestled among shade trees and features a narrow sandy beach, grassy picnic areas, horseshoe pits, fishing pier, kayak access and restrooms.

Paradise Beach Park
3450 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920

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McNears Beach Park is situated off Highway 101 or Interstate 580 from the Central San Rafael exit. Take 2nd Street east and follow as it becomes Point San Pedro Road. Make right on Cantera Way and follow to the sea. McNears features a small rocky beach, fishing pier, swimming pool, snack bar, volleyball courts, grassy picnic areas, kayak access, tennis courts and restrooms.

McNears Beach Park
201 Cantera Way
San Rafael, CA 94901

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China Camp State Park is found 4 miles east of San Rafael off North San Pedro Road. Situated along the shores of San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park has remnants of an old Chinese shrimp-fishing village dating back to the late 1800's. China Camp features a large grassy picnic area and long narrow beach with an historic pier and buildings. Activities include camping, biking, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and windsurfing. Restrooms available at the picnic area.

China Camp State Park
101 Peacock Gap Trail
San Rafael, California 94901
(415) 456-0766

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San Francisco

Candlestick Point is located off Highway 101 from the Candlestick Park exit. Situated next to Candlestick Park where the San Francisco 49ers play, Candlestick Point is an urban park featuring a small sandy beach, bike path, fitness course, picnic areas, two fishing piers and restrooms. Candlestick Point is popular for windsurfing and fishing.

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
1150 Carroll Avenue
San Francisco, Ca. 94124
(415) 671-0145

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Aquatic Park

Aquatic Park is found at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf directly in front of the National Maritime Museum and Ghirardelli Square. This portion of ocean is encompassed by piers and is large enough to be shared by boaters, swimmers and sea lions alike. Sunbathers can choose from a small sandy beach, a grassy park or the cement bleachers that overlook the sea and are sometimes used for sporting events. The lawn area of Aquatic Park is directly in front of the popular Hyde Street Cable Car turn around. Restrooms available.

Aquatic Park
Hyde and Jefferson
San Francisco, California 94123

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Golden Gate Promenade

Golden Gate Promenade is situated between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Also known as Crissy Field, Golden Gate Promenade is popular with sunbathers, swimmers, windsurfers and kite surfers. It features a huge sandy beach and is a popular dog beach where dogs are allowed on the sand. The Promenade offers terrific unimpeded views of the Golden Gate Bridge. A dirt path, popular with walkers, joggers and bikers, follows the shoreline to the Golden Gate Bridge. Restrooms available at either end.

Golden Gate Promenade
Mason Street
San Francisco, California 94123

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Marshall's Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Marshall's Beach is located in the Presidio west of the Golden Gate Bridge. Marshall's is without a doubt, San Francisco's most scenic beach with its unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge and across the bay to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is not a great place for swimming due to its strong currents and surf but hiking and sunbathing are common activities. A better recreational beach is Baker Beach to the south.

NOTE: This is a clothing optional nude beach.

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Baker Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Baker Beach is found in the Presidio west of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a favorite of the locals and offers a huge sandy beach backed by coastal dunes and bluffs with historic military batteries. The north end is popular with photographers looking for the perfect shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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China Beach is located in the Seacliff region of San Francisco. Named for its use by the Chinese during the gold rush days as a camp for fishermen, this is a popular family spot. China Beach features a tiny sandy beach and is one of San Francisco's most popular beaches for swimming. It offers conveniences including restrooms, picnic areas, barbecue pits and sun protected areas. China Beach is accessible by descending a steep ramp from the parking lot.

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Ocean Beach is situated along the west coast of San Francisco along the Great Highway. Ocean features a huge sandy beach that spans the entire west side of San Francisco making it San Francisco's largest beach. The paved Ocean Beach Esplanade parallels the entire length offering a comfortable place to walk, bike or roller blade. Due to strong currents and surf, swimming is not advised. Ocean is a popular surf spot with several good breaks. A visitor center is located at the intersection of Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. The Beach Chalet restaurant and brewery is also at this location and offers great food, spirits, entertainment and views. Restrooms available.

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Crown Beach is found off Interstate 880 in Alameda. Crown features 2.5 miles of sandy beach on San Francisco Bay. Activities include boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, kite boarding and picnicking. Amenities include a visitor center, bathhouse, boat rentals and restrooms. Boat rentals include kayaks and sailboards.

Crown Beach
Eighth Street and Otis Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 544-3175
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Fort Funston Beach is located northwest of Daly City off Skyline Boulevard. Watch for the Fort Funston sign. Fort Funston features a huge sandy beach backed by 200-foot cliffs with historic military batteries. Access is only possible by descending a steep trail from the parking lot. Fort Funston is a popular dog beach where dogs are not required to be on a leash. Hang gliders make good use of the tall cliffs and brisk ocean breezes at Fort Funston. Walking trails traverse ancient sand dunes covered with cypress trees and military ruins.

Fort Funston Beach
Fort Funston Road
Daly City, CA 94015
(831) 335-6318

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Thornton State Beach is situated west of Daly City off John Daly Boulevard. Thornton features a huge sandy beach that's only accessible by descending a steep trail from the parking lot.

Thornton State Beach
Thornton Beach Road
Daly City, CA 94015
(800) 777-0369

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Pacifica

Mussel Rock Park is found north of Pacifica off Highway 1. Exit Highway 1, head north on Palmetto Avenue and make left on Westline Drive. Park at the end of Westline Drive and follow the trails that lead to several hang glider launch sites or descend to the sea below the cliffs. Mussel Rock features a long beach with mixed rock and sand. No facilities.

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Pacifica Beach is situated off Highway 1 and features a long sandy beach and pier backed by urban sprawl, park and golf course. Parking is available all along Beach Boulevard offering easy access to the sand. No facilities.

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Rockaway Beach is found off Highway 1 from Rockaway Beach Avenue in Pacifica. Rockaway features a small sandy beach backed by the quaint community of Rockaway Beach. No facilities.

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Linda Mar Beach is located off Highway 1 south of Pacifica in Linda Mar. Also known as Pacifica State Beach, Linda Mar features a large sandy beach that's easily accessible from parking lots off Highway 1. Conveniences include fast food restaurants and restrooms. The south side of Linda Mar is a popular surf spot that delivers consistent lefts. Linda Mar Beach is a popular dog beach where dogs are allowed with certain restrictions.

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Gray Whale Cove State Beach is found off Highway 1 approximately 2.5 miles south of Pacifica. Park in parking lot on east side of highway. Gray Whale Cove features a small sandy beach surrounded by steep cliffs. Gray Whale Cove is only accessible by descending a steep trail. No facilities.

Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 726-8819

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Half Moon Bay

Montara State Beach is situated off Highway 1 on the north side of Montara. Montara features a large sandy beach that can be accessed from two locations off Highway 1. The Second Street entrance offers a small parking lot with a short steep trail to the sea. The other entrance farther north offers plenty of parking and a long steep trail from high up on the bluff. No facilities.

Montara State Beach
2nd Street
Montara, CA 94037
(650) 726-8819

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Moss Beach is found off Highway 1 from Cypress Avenue. From Cypress Avenue make a left on Airport Street, right on Marine Boulevard and left on Beach Way. Park in parking lot next to the Moss Beach Distillery. Moss Beach can be accessed by walking back up Beach Way to a long stairway that descends to the ocean. Moss Beach features a small beach backed by a steep bluff. No facilities. The Moss Beach Distillery is an historic restaurant & bar that smuggled liquor during prohibition.

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Pillar Point is located off Highway 1 from Capistrano Road in Half Moon Bay. Exit Capistrano Road, head west on Prospect Way, right on California which becomes Cornell then Stanford, right on W. Point Avenue and follow to the first parking lot on left. From the parking lot, a trail passes two small sandy beaches before arriving at the harbor jetty and California's most famous big wave break known as Mavericks. Once a year, Mavericks hosts a big wave surf competition but only when conditions are ripe for 15 to 30 foot waves. Mavericks is for expert surfers only. Experienced pro surfers have died at Mavericks. No facilities.

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Surfers Beach is found off Highway 1 on the south side of the Half Moon Bay jetty. Surfers features a narrow sandy beach that's a popular surf spot. Surfers prefer this break for its consistent and clean rights.

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Half Moon Bay State Beach is situated south of Half Moon Bay off Kelly Avenue. Half Moon Bay features 4 miles of sandy beach backed by bluffs of small communities and rural farmland. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is a paved trail that follows the dunes and connects all of the beaches in Half Moon Bay. Activities include camping, horseback riding, picnicking, surfing, and surf fishing. On the north side of Half Moon Bay is the site of the world renowned 'Mavericks', with some of the largest waves on the globe.

Half Moon Bay State Beach
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, California 94019
(650)726-8819

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  • Roosevelt is located off Highway 1 from Young Avenue. Roosevelt features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.
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  • Dunes is found off Highway 1 from Young Avenue. Dunes features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. Restrooms are available at the parking lot.
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  • Venice is situated off Highway 1 from Venice Boulevard. Venice features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. Restrooms and an outdoor shower are available.
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  • Francis is found off Highway 1 from Kelly Avenue. Francis Beach is the primary entry point for Half Moon Bay State Beach. Francis features camping, picnic areas and huge sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. Restrooms are available at both the campground and parking lot. The campground has coin-op hot showers.
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Poplar Beach is located south of Half Moon Bay off Highway 1 from Poplar Street. Bluff Top features a huge sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is a paved trail that follows the dunes and connects Poplar with all of the beaches in Half Moon Bay. No facilities. Contact Sea Horse Ranch for horseback riding on the beach.

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Redondo Beach is found south of Half Moon Bay off Highway 1 from Redondo Beach Road. Redondo features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail follows the dunes and connects Redondo with all of the beaches in Half Moon Bay. No facilities.

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Pelican Point Beach is situated south of Half Moon Bay off Highway 1 from Miramontes Point Road. Pelican Point features a small sandy beach backed by bluffs and a golf course. Park in the small parking lot off Miramontes Point Road and follow the trail down to the ocean. No facilities.

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Cowell Ranch Beach is found off Highway 1 south of the Half Moon Bay Golf Course. Park off the road and follow Martins Beach Road to the ocean and head back north along the bluff for access. Cowell features a small sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs and rural farmland. No facilities.

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Martins Beach is located off Highway 1 about a ¼-mile south of the Half Moon Bay Golf Course. Park off the access road and follow to the bluff trail for access. Martins features a small sandy beach backed by coastal bluffs and rural farmland. No facilities.

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San Gregorio

San Gregorio State Beach is situated off Highway 1 at the junction of San Gregorio Road (Hwy 84). San Gregorio features a large sandy beach split by San Gregorio Creek and backed by grassy bluffs. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.

San Gregorio State Beach
San Gregorio, CA 94074
(650) 726-8819

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Pomponio State Beach is found off Highway 1 south of San Gregorio Road (Hwy 84). Pomponio features a large sandy beach split by Pomponio Creek and backed by grassy bluffs. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.

Pomponio State Beach
San Gregorio, CA 94074
(650) 879-2170

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Pescadero

Pescadero State Beach is located off Highway 1 at the junction of Pescadero Creek Road. Pomponio offers 3 access points each with different oceanfront terrain. The south entrance features two small beaches, one with sand and the other with tide pools and rocky shore. The middle entrance features mostly rocky terrain with tide pools at the mouth of Butano Creek. The north entrance features a large sandy beach split by Pomponio Creek and backed by coastal dunes. Restrooms are available at all the parking lots.

Pescadero State Beach
Pescadero, CA 94060
(650) 879-2170

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Bean Hollow State Beach is found off Highway 1 just north of Bean Hollow Road. Bean Hollow features a small sandy beach tucked into a cove. Bean Hollow is surrounded by rocky cliffs with tide pools. Situated at the mouth of Arroyo De Los Frijoles Creek, Bean Hollow is an extremely picturesque location. The Arroyo De Los Frijoles Trail follows the coast nearly a mile to Pebble Beach. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.

Bean Hollow State Beach
Pescadero, CA 94060
(650) 726-8819

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  • Pebble Beach is situated off Highway 1 north of Bean Hollow State Beach. Pebble Beach is part of Bean Hollow State Beach and features a small sandy beach with tide pools tucked into a secluded cove. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot.
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Pigeon Point is found off Highway 1 from Pigeon Point Road. Situated at the headlands with Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pigeon Point Road offers access to several small sandy beach coves surrounded by bluffs with tide pools. Restrooms available at the lighthouse.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
210 Pigeon Point Road
Pescadero, CA 94060
(650) 879-2120

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Gazos Creek Beach is located off Highway 1 at Gazos Creek Road. Gazos Creek features a large sandy beach backed by coastal dunes and bluffs. Gazos Creek Beach is split by Gazos Creek and offers tide pools at either end. No facilities.

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