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Ocean Beach, San Francisco
(4.2/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
Ocean Beach is a beach on the West coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. The Great Highway runs alongside the beach, and the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths sit at the northern end. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.During the late spring and summer, San Francisco's characteristic foggy weather frequently envelops the beach. The average temperature for last 5 years has been 55.8 °F. However, the beach is popular with surfers and participants in bonfire parties. More beach-friendly weather occurs in late fall and early spring, when fog is less prevalent.The water at Ocean Beach is noteworthy for its strong currents and waves, which makes it popular among serious surfers. The water is cold, due in part to a process known as upwelling, in which frigid water from below the ocean surface rises to replace the surface water that moves away from the beach as a result of the Coriolis effect. The rapid rip currents and cold water make the ocean dangerous for casual swimmers and even those who simply want to set foot in it, and swimmers have been swept away and drowned. Nevertheless, the beach is one of the Bay Area's top surfing spots. The southern portion of the beach by Sloat Boulevard is one of the cleanest in the state.
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  • Beach on the Pacific coast, is located in Golden Gate Park. The beach is very wide and longer than 4 km. We relaxed on the beach at the end of September, the water was cold, people on the beach a little. Since the weather was sunny, we are wonderfully relaxed sunbathing, enjoying the beautiful scenery. This beach is good for surfing. It's nice to just take a walk along the beach, wonderful atmosphere, stunning. On the beach there are shops and cafes.
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  • Do not swim here or you will die. There is no better way to put it. This is an amazing Beach on the San Francisco ocean front. Bring your camera, bring your Beach walking shoes, and bring your coat. B...  more »
  • Ocean beach is located just south of the Cliff House on the west end of Golden Gate Park. Long and wide beach adjacent to Point Lobos Avenue. However, remember it is San Francisco and can be cold at t...  more »
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  • One of the jewels of SF, despite not having many bathrooms or infrastructure. Big beach, and great way to enjoy the California Coast when you need a break from city life. Should note -- it's grey and foggy here more than most neighborhoods in SF.
  • One of the best parts of San Francisco. Any time of day or night it's a great place to be. Generally lots of room and very scenic.
  • Pretty awesome beach area. The huge wave blocking walls are pretty cool all tagged up with graffiti all along the back side of this beach. Pretty scenic ocean view all along this beach. Great place to go for a jog and what not. Just wish it wasn't as windy as it typically is!
  • This would be 5 stars of they cleaned up the graffiti and if there were less bbq smoke
  • It was a place to park and that was it. The beach is dirty and smelled awful. It was cold and foggy despite being August. The entrance to the beach smelled like human urine which is what I be live was wet all over the sidewalk. A lot of ocean death washes up here. Not a place I would take my kids.