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Rodeo Beach, Sausalito

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Rodeo Beach is a beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area located in Marin County, California, two miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is characterized by a spit of around 50 meters width at the mouth of a long embayment, known as Rodeo Lagoon; for much of the year the lagoon is cut off from the ocean, making the beach spit a baymouth bar. Part of the beach is sheltered by cliffs. Rodeo Beach is known for its dark, pebbly sand, its uses for surfing and sunbathing, and its locale as a place for collecting semi-precious stones. This beach is unique among California beaches in that it is largely made up of coarse, pebbly chert grains, both red and green in color. Its mineral composition sets it apart from every other beach in the state Surfing is possible throughout the year and at all tidal stages, but is best in summer — although there is a risk of shark attacks. Due to the North bar offshore of this beach it results in big waves n the winter months with the big swells that come in. Strong currents make swimming dangerous.The beach features free entrance, free parking, wheelchair-accessible public restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed or voice-controlled.In November 2007, oil from the wreck of the Cosco Busan washed up on Rodeo Beach, prompting its closure for several weeks.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Parked at point Bonita and did lighthouse and beach hike..gorgeous drive from golden gate and always beautiful here w seals and birds to spy.. breezy and nice.. not crowded on weekdays and have a nice...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    One of very easily accessible beaches in Marin County, just before the Golden Gate Bridge, with easy parking, great views and sometimes good surfing. There are several hiking trails you can take from ...  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    Not too crowded in the morning. Beautiful spot to get in if you're brave (mainly because of the cold water).  more »

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