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Ocean Beach, San Francisco

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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 the last 5 years has been 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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  • August 10, 2017
    Ocean Beach San Francisco is a 3.5-mile stretch of white beach with few tourists ,waves and the seabirds. The beach is located on the westernmost border of San Francisco, adjacent to Golden Gate Park....  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Real Ocean Beach. With fishermen fishing for crabs on the shore and the surfers. Don't lose it, maybe after visiting the golden gate park. Preferably in the bike.
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  • July 29, 2017
    Have not been in a long time. Was nice and relaxing. No fog and water calm. Parked in lot over looking ocean. Just refreshing with windows down.  more »

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