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Baker Beach, San Francisco

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#8 of 64 in Outdoors in San Francisco
While it remains too dangerous for swimming, Baker Beach is one of the best spots in the city to take in views of San Francisco's iconic bridge. This public beach stretches along the Pacific just northwest of the city, which makes it easily accessible by various modes of transportation. Keep in mind that the northernmost section of the beach tends to attract nudists. A visit to Baker Beach represents just the start of the adventure when you use our San Francisco trip planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • not far from the action is this quiet beach with great views of the Golden Gate bridge. Ample parking and a large beach.  more »
  • Beach particularly crowded Sunday by families, easily accessible by car or by public transport, offers a lovely view of the Golden Gate. Attention, the end of the beach is occupied mainly by nudists!
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  • I stayed on 20th street and used to walk down, great walk great clean peaceful and a very "Pacific" beack. Views are awesome, a must on visit list  more »

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