163 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
One of the city’s most beautiful beaches, Baker gives you that two-for-one view of where the Pacific Ocean meets the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay and headlands beyond. On the beach, you’ll find sand dune ecosystems typical of this area and some unique wildflowers that can tolerate the shifting conditions. A walk from one end to the other is a must. An easy way to reach the beach from downtown is to take the PresidiGo, a free shuttle that goes through the Presidio and stops at Baker Beach.
Tips from locals
Great place for viewing the Golden Gate Bridge! It is quiet and usually not crowded.
Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California, U.S.. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. The best beach to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
Great for anyone that loves the outdoors! Beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge, right from the beach!
Love walking on the water and with great view of the Golden gate Bridge!
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