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China Beach, San Francisco

4.4
#27 of 70 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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  • Though very small, the beach does boast great ocean views. You’d better come early as possible because the space may not accommodate many people. Around the beach there was a neighborhood of beautiful...  more »
  • It is one of the beaches on the other side of the Presidio than the bridge. Very big and long, we got to see her only in passing. in this area, however, there is plenty of choice even though Marshall and Baker seemed nicer and perhaps less crowded.
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  • Limited parking for this beach, plus you need to walk down a set of stairs. Beach offers very cool views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran coastline. Also, there are little coves to the left of t...  more »
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  • A great place to enjoy the views without the crowds. It is a small beach. Hidden away and not busy. In a little cove. Great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a small designated free parking lot. The ramp down to the beach is easy for a wheelchair. Of course once you hit the beach it would be more difficult. Tons of drift wood there that ends up pushed against the wall. I love this beach and love going back every visit to San Francisco.
  • Hidden gem of the city! It’s a very small yet gorgeous beach with a view of Golden Gate Bridge
  • A beach named China Beach is a must see especially if you are of asian descent. Peaceful and tranquil.
  • Nature at it's best can be experienced here and beyond. Small parking lot, but it's best to come with a friend that can drive your ride to a safe location. My first time here and was told by a neighbor watching from their window. Characters lurking around knowing dam well that people don't carry their valuables when they hit the water. In my case, it was my Supra that attracted the attention. So it's my fault for not using common sense. Home owner approach and told me what happened by making himself transparent to to would-be thieves. We stood and talk leading to more conversation about cars. I raised to hood and he was just wowing every three seconds. Later I realized he's the uncle of this bay area shop that I've been going to for heavy mod. I gave him a ride to his destination (coffee shop) on California St as good faith for what he did earlier. We traded numbers and off I go. Wooosh-wooosh-wooosh chirp....
  • View is okay. But many beautiful luxury house there!
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