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China Beach, San Francisco

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#25 of 56 in Parks in San Francisco
Swim, kite surf, or simply relax at China Beach. The shallow water provides a safe place for kids and less experienced swimmers to safely enjoy themselves. Bring food to prepare on one of the outdoor grills and picnic tables. Kite surfing enthusiasts can take advantage of the wide shoreline and good winds here. More secluded than others in the area, this beach offers a quiet getaway from crowds. No kiosks or shops--but you get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day. To visit China Beach on your holiday in San Francisco, and find out what else San Francisco has to offer, use our San Francisco vacation app .
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  • You can't do one without doing the other-the Palace of Legion of Honor (now merely called Legion of Honor) is one of the most wonderful museums in San Francisco and a superlative location. China Beach...  more »
  • Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!! A definite must see. I have been visiting this beach for 30+ years and it is as beautiful and pristine now as it was 30+ years ago. I would suggest bringing a picni...  more »
  • This is a beautiful beach on the south side of the bay entrance. You have to drive past a neighborhood to get there but it's worth the trip. Robin Williams former home is near the parking lot.  more »
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  • Best beach in sf. Quiet and easy to swim here. Also a few hidden areas to find to relax. I wouldn’t bring too much as the way down is a bit lethal if you take the stairs. But there is a ramp. The toilets haven’t been functioning in 2018 or 2017. There are some portable toilets which are pretty grim though. Gets a bit chilly with the wind too. But for sure the best beach in SF in my opinion.
  • When you drive there you most likely encounter a lot of traffic for those visiting San Fransico, but it's definitely worth it. There are some pros and cons. Pros: there are rock formations you and your friends can relax on, climb and enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can walk on the other side of the rock formations which shows you another breath taking path that allows you to walk in between the formations, and if you like sea creatures you won't be disappointed when me and my friends went there were thousands upon thousands of baby crabs under the wet sand on the shore line and they would pop out constantly also a lot of jellyfish tend to end up on the shore for some reason. So you can take a look at that! Cons: it's really small and it can be hard to find a spaced out area if you have a big group with you so you might end up setting up on the wet sand near the shore. Other than that you're good.
  • Really small beach compared to what I had in my mind. Pleasant though. Not very clean. Good beach for swimmers. Saw a couple of seals swim by while I was there. They we're to see the people who were swimming. Overall enjoyable but small. One thing to be careful while trying to reach this location through 4 wheeler is that there is this strange 270 degree turn that you need to take while entering this place before you reach the parking area through the neighborhood it's a pretty scary turn. Be careful with that one.
  • Very beautiful view without the big crowds. Plus, the houses in the neighborhood are fun to look at as you drive through.
  • Beautiful beach that is sort of dirty but really pretty. Stunning scenery and great little BBQ pits and tables make for amazing picnics.
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