No doubt the biggest and most famous of San Francisco’s beaches is Ocean Beach (The Great Highway, parking at Sloat, Golden Gate Park, and the Cliff House). This five-mile stretch of sand forms the breakwater for the Pacific Ocean along the whole west side of the City.
Because it’s so large, you’re likely to find a spot sit down and maybe even a parking place somewhere on Ocean Beach, except perhaps on that rarest of occasions in San Francisco: a sunny, warm day.
Locals love Ocean Beach, but there’s plenty of room for visitors too. Just please, we’re begging you, don’t go out for a nice ocean swim at Ocean Beach. Extremely dangerous rip currents kill at least one person every single year.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition