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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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  • The Rodeo Beach is not the Super Beach now. But the drive there offers the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, which you can imagine. If possible you should do that on the weekend.
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  • It is a beach you can get in about 20 minutes by car from San Francisco. Walking up the Hill a little is nice to relax on the beach, where a good idea. Cliff walls can go up to the last minute. This is a breathtaking,
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  • Small beach area to relax and do a little surfing. There is limited parking and you can park at Marine Mammal Center as it's only 0.4 mile walk to beach. Weekends are crowded w traffic mostly. It's on...  more »