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Ocean Beach, San Francisco

(4.2/5 based on 280+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • This is the West coast of San Francisco, just past the end of the GG Park. It is a broad expanse of clean beach with small surf. The dogs love it - especially Romeo who likes to run into the surf. To ...  more »
  • This is where folks hang and drink they beer and start bonfires and sometimes they drown cuz the waters is dangerous churn. 
  • This is just such a good beach, golden sands and a wild surf - though be careful of the rip tide ..... It was windy but bright on the Dec'16 day I visited, but a really fun walk to soak up the sea air...  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.