Best beaches in San Francisco

Check out the top beaches in San Francisco, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Crissy Field
1. Crissy Field
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68 local reviews
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Paul
Part of The Presidio. Crissy Fields is made up of Beaches and Bird Sanctuary Marshlands where you can walk, b…
Michael
A big park with a beach and hiking trails through the Presidio... and outstanding views of the Golden Gate Bri…
Cathie
Crissy Field, once an army airfield, is a beautifully reclaimed beach and part of the Golden Gate National Rec…
1. Crissy Field
1. Crissy Field
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68 local reviews
Paul
Paul
Part of The Presidio. Crissy Fields is made up of Beaches and Bird Sanctuary Marshlands where you can walk, bike, picnic, swim, or just enj…
Michael
Michael
A big park with a beach and hiking trails through the Presidio... and outstanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge. One of my best friends pr…
Cathie
Cathie
Crissy Field, once an army airfield, is a beautifully reclaimed beach and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). You can …
2. Ocean Beach
2. Ocean Beach
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83 local reviews
Great Highway, San Francisco
+1 415 561-4323
Beach
Caite
The glory of Ocean Beach is a mere four blocks west, and they call this neighborhood the Sunset for good reaso…
Sarah
Ocean Beach is right on the western edge of the city and absolutely beautiful year-round. Hop on the Balboa S…
Chinnamasta
The best beach. Often there is nobody there. A long stretch of beach, lots of surfers, spotting whales, pelica…
2. Ocean Beach
2. Ocean Beach
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83 local reviews
Great Highway, San Francisco
+1 415 561-4323
Caite
Caite
The glory of Ocean Beach is a mere four blocks west, and they call this neighborhood the Sunset for good reason. It’s a wonderful place to b…
Sarah
Sarah
Ocean Beach is right on the western edge of the city and absolutely beautiful year-round. Hop on the Balboa Street bus to get down there in…
Chinnamasta
Chinnamasta
The best beach. Often there is nobody there. A long stretch of beach, lots of surfers, spotting whales, pelicans, dolphins. Locals hang out …
3. Beach Chalet
3. Beach Chalet
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55 local reviews
1000 Great Highway, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415 386-8439
American Restaurant
Freddy & Cody
On a beautiful, sunny weekend day, the Beach Chalet is crawling with people, and for good reason. They serve …
Caite
Great Highway at Fulton. On a beautiful, sunny weekend day, the Beach Chalet is crawling with people, and for …
Scott
Amazing beachside bar and restaurant only about a 20 minute drive away -- and what a drive (beautiful coastal …
3. Beach Chalet
3. Beach Chalet
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55 local reviews
1000 Great Highway, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415 386-8439
Freddy & Cody
Freddy & Cody
On a beautiful, sunny weekend day, the Beach Chalet is crawling with people, and for good reason. They serve local brews and bites and they…
Caite
Caite
Great Highway at Fulton. On a beautiful, sunny weekend day, the Beach Chalet is crawling with people, and for good reason. They serve local …
Scott
Scott
Amazing beachside bar and restaurant only about a 20 minute drive away -- and what a drive (beautiful coastal highway scenery along Skyline …
4. Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli
4. Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli
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2 local reviews
734 La Playa Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-221-2031
CafeMeal takeawayLiquor store
Laurie & Steve
Delicious deli sandwiches plus sides; daily specials. Take your sandwich to the beach or Golden Gate Park. Few…
Marcella
Great sandwiches, perfect for picking up and bringing for a picnic on the beach.
Laurie & Steve
Delicious deli sandwiches plus sides; daily specials. Take your sandwich to the beach or Golden Gate Park. Few…
4. Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli
4. Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli
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2 local reviews
734 La Playa Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-221-2031
Laurie & Steve
Laurie & Steve
Delicious deli sandwiches plus sides; daily specials. Take your sandwich to the beach or Golden Gate Park. Few tables for dining in.
Marcella
Marcella
Great sandwiches, perfect for picking up and bringing for a picnic on the beach.
Laurie & Steve
Laurie & Steve
Delicious deli sandwiches plus sides; daily specials. Take your sandwich to the beach or Golden Gate Park. Few tables for dining in.
5. Land’s End
5. Land’s End
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112 local reviews
680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco
+1 415 426-5240
Trail
Ryan
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge (9.1 mile moderately …
Ray
The northern coast of San Francisco is filled with high bluffs and amazing coastal views perfect for running…
Leslie
At every turn of the trail on this wild and rocky northwestern corner of San Francisco, there is another stunn…
5. Land’s End
5. Land’s End
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112 local reviews
680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco
+1 415 426-5240
Ryan
Ryan
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge (9.1 mile moderately trafficked back trail) passes …
Ray
Ray
The northern coast of San Francisco is filled with high bluffs and amazing coastal views perfect for running. From our house, go left out t…
Leslie
Leslie
At every turn of the trail on this wild and rocky northwestern corner of San Francisco, there is another stunning view. Along the way you’ll…
6. San Francisco Zoo
6. San Francisco Zoo
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34 local reviews
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-753-7080
ZooPoint of interestEstablishment
kalpesh
Great for kids and be sure to checkout the beach which is across the St.
Katherine
It's a pretty good zoo! Right near the beach. Not too spendy.
Clyde
Family fun and close to the beach.
6. San Francisco Zoo
6. San Francisco Zoo
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34 local reviews
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-753-7080
kalpesh
kalpesh
Great for kids and be sure to checkout the beach which is across the St.
Katherine
Katherine
It's a pretty good zoo! Right near the beach. Not too spendy.
Clyde
Clyde
Family fun and close to the beach.
7. Golden Gate Park
7. Golden Gate Park
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222 local reviews
Park
Suzy(S.Y.)
50 plus blocks long starting from the Panhandle to Ocean Beach, what used to be sand dunes is a local favorite…
Jayme
This park is huge, and there is so much to do there. You can spend an afternoon in the gardens, or walk throu…
Caite
San Francisco’s most famous park is only nine blocks north. You can get there via beach or street. We suggest …
7. Golden Gate Park
7. Golden Gate Park
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222 local reviews
Suzy(S.Y.)
Suzy(S.Y.)
50 plus blocks long starting from the Panhandle to Ocean Beach, what used to be sand dunes is a local favorite and tourist spot with nature…
Jayme
Jayme
This park is huge, and there is so much to do there. You can spend an afternoon in the gardens, or walk through the Japanese tea garden, or…
Caite
Caite
San Francisco’s most famous park is only nine blocks north. You can get there via beach or street. We suggest renting a bike (see below), bu…
8. North Beach
8. North Beach
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28 local reviews
North Beach, San Francisco
NeighborhoodPolitical
JoAnn
North Beach butts up to Chinatown. If you love Italian and or Asian food, this is the place to explore. Wear …
Nicole
North Beach is an iconic section of San Francisco where you might think you are in Italy. The aroma of fresh p…
Generosa
North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style …
8. North Beach
8. North Beach
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28 local reviews
North Beach, San Francisco
JoAnn
JoAnn
North Beach butts up to Chinatown. If you love Italian and or Asian food, this is the place to explore. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Nicole
Nicole
North Beach is an iconic section of San Francisco where you might think you are in Italy. The aroma of fresh pizza, pastries and great coffe…
Generosa
Generosa
North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants an…
9. Golden Boy Pizza
9. Golden Boy Pizza
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9 local reviews
542 Green Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-982-9738
Meal takeawayRestaurantFood
Carrie
A North Beach institution, stop in (though there's usually a line but always worth it) for a slice of deep-dis…
Vincent
Famous pizza located in the heart of North Beach.
Sameer
Great divey cheap pizza place. Best known for after bar food, but good anytime.
9. Golden Boy Pizza
9. Golden Boy Pizza
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9 local reviews
542 Green Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-982-9738
Carrie
Carrie
A North Beach institution, stop in (though there's usually a line but always worth it) for a slice of deep-dish and a draft beer. Cash only …
Vincent
Vincent
Famous pizza located in the heart of North Beach.
Sameer
Sameer
Great divey cheap pizza place. Best known for after bar food, but good anytime.
10. Mama's
10. Mama's
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14 local reviews
1701 Stockton Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-362-6421
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Tian
The most popular brunch spot in North Beach. No reservations and really long lines, but if you get there early…
Trevor
Probably the most famous breakfast house in San Francisco - certainly in North Beach. Be prepared for a long l…
Sameer
One of the best breakfast in SF. No reservations and always a line. I would recommend going later in afterno…
10. Mama's
10. Mama's
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14 local reviews
1701 Stockton Street, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-362-6421
Tian
Tian
The most popular brunch spot in North Beach. No reservations and really long lines, but if you get there early (8am), the wait is much short…
Trevor
Trevor
Probably the most famous breakfast house in San Francisco - certainly in North Beach. Be prepared for a long line unless you get there early…
Sameer
Sameer
One of the best breakfast in SF. No reservations and always a line. I would recommend going later in afternoon. They close at 3pm. Panca…
11. Baker Beach
11. Baker Beach
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58 local reviews
1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco
+1 415 561-4323
Beach
Elizabeth
Great view of Golden Gate Bridge! From there you can follow a trail up the hill and along the coast to the Br…
Paul & Heather
San Francisco isn't known for its warm and white sand beaches but this beach is pretty close. Protected from t…
Markus
[Add-On to either the Golden Gate Bridge Top 10 Tour OR the Golden Gate Park Top 10 Tour: Beach & Sightseeing]…
11. Baker Beach
11. Baker Beach
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58 local reviews
1504 Pershing Dr, San Francisco
+1 415 561-4323
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Great view of Golden Gate Bridge! From there you can follow a trail up the hill and along the coast to the Bridge. It's also good to know …
Paul & Heather
Paul & Heather
San Francisco isn't known for its warm and white sand beaches but this beach is pretty close. Protected from the wind, this beach is the per…
Markus
Markus
[Add-On to either the Golden Gate Bridge Top 10 Tour OR the Golden Gate Park Top 10 Tour: Beach & Sightseeing] A very popular beach with loc…
12. Aquarium of the Bay
12. Aquarium of the Bay
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7 local reviews
Embarcadero & Beach Street , San Francisco
Closed now
(415) 623-5300
Establishment
Jason
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in Sa…
Henry
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in Sa…
Karin
See the Bay up close
12. Aquarium of the Bay
12. Aquarium of the Bay
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7 local reviews
Embarcadero & Beach Street , San Francisco
Closed now
(415) 623-5300
Jason
Jason
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California.
Henry
Henry
Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California.
Karin
Karin
See the Bay up close