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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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  • For a change, we stayed in a BnB 1 block from the beach - in the area between Noriega and Stoat (the Zoo). This southern part of Ocean Beach was pretty empty, with dunes between the beach and the "Gre...  more »
  • When I get to San Fracisco, I make a trip to the Ocean Beach - an endless wide sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean. Fantastic to sit and walk. -If you are not with the car on the road line takes N Judah/Ocean Beach for example directly from the Powell St. safely to the beach (Terminus). The line moves fairly often, so you'll come back safe again!
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  • We were there on a rainy afternoon. The beach is very large, grey sand, unattractive. Given the bad day there was practically no one, not even the surfers who should be numerous on sunny days. We got to line N of the MUNI, which here is like a tram on the surface, even with a private path, while in the city runs underground as a subway. The cars are manufactured in Italy by Breda on drawing Pinifarina! Italian pride!
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