Beaches

Get your feet wet where the sand meets the water at some of the bay’s most beautiful beaches.

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Ben Kaufman

Crissy Field (San Francisco)

The beach at Crissy Field is simply one of the most stunning urban beaches in the world. With a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fort Baker, birds, dogs, sailboats and massive container ships, it’s hard to go wrong.

Crown Memorial State Beach (Alameda)

There’s a beach in Alameda! At 2.5-miles long, this is one of the longest beaches on the bay. Spend a sunny day enjoying the amazing views of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. At the western end of the beach, there are picnic areas with BBQs and a windsurf/kite sail rental shop.

China Camp State Park (San Rafael)

China Camp State Park is a beautiful place for a picnic, for setting sail from a human-powered boat, or playing in the water. Learn about the important historical contributions made by Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans, and stop at the snack bar that is open on the weekends and run by a descendant of one of the original shrimping families.

McNears Beach County Park (San Rafael)

Set in a beautiful sheltered cove with mature landscaping, the narrow bayside beach offers a fun, safe place for general beach recreation and easy carry-in boat access for kayaks and canoes. McNears is a designated “trailhead” on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.