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Baker Beach, San Francisco

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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. Arrange your visit to Baker Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Francisco using our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.
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  • I love baker beach. It's perfect to hang out with friends or to walk the dog (yes, it's a dog friendly beach). Best beach in San Francisco!  more »
  • You can get a great view of Golden Gate Bridge from here – especially if you walk over to the rocks. Be aware of lots of nudists close to the rocks when you're taking photos/videos or bringing kids! T...  more »
  • This may very well be my favorite beach in San Francisco. Get your camera ready--it's where you will capture the stunning shot of the Golden Gate! The beach itself is pretty large and wasn't very crow...  more »

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