About Baker Beach
Baker Beach is a west-facing beach, primarily a day-use spot, closing well before sunset in summer. This spot is very popular with San Franciscans of all kinds, and because it's on Federal land where nudity is allowed, you'll almost always find a few unclothed folks up by the rocks.
Dangerous water conditions, no lifeguard and occasional poor water quality make Baker Beach best for beach strolls, sunbathing and games.
Baker Beach Fees
- Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: None
Creature Comforts at Baker Beach
Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed on the beach.
- Picnic tables, but they're not near the water
- There is no place to get food nearby. Bring your own.
- Pets allowed on leash only
Baker Beach Activities
- Photography (especially of the Golden Gate Bridge)
- Swimming not advised
- Just above the beach is Battery Chamberlin, which holds the last 6-inch "disappearing gun" of its type on the West Coast. On the first full weekend of the month, it comes out of hiding.
Highs and Lows at Baker Beach
- Baker Beach offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Baker Beach is very popular, and on a summer weekend, the parking lots fill up early
- It can be foggy here all day long, even in summer
The section of Baker Beach toward the bridge is a very popular nude beach. Stay near the other side if you are offended by nudity.
Water bacteria levels can sometimes be high at Baker Beach, especially after it rains. When it is, "no swimming" signs are posted. However, because of rip tides and rough surf that have claimed many lives here, swimming at Baker Beach is not advised at any time.
How to Get to Baker Beach
Baker Beach is located just below the Presidio, on the ocean side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Lincoln Avenue to Bowley, where you will find a parking lot. On less-busy days, turn onto Gibson for closer parking.
Muni bus #29 goes to Baker Beach.
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