Mile-long Baker Beach lies at the foot of the rugged cliffs on the western shoreline of the Presidio. The view from the beach—with the tawny wilds of the Marin Headlands and the Presidio flanking the Golden Gate Bridge—is spectacular.
Baker Beach can be warm enough for sunbathing and picnicking. A picnic area with tables, grills, and restroom facilities is tucked in the cypress grove at the east end of the parking lot.
It is known by many as the “nude beach” but Baker Beach is actually the best of the beaches for clothed (or yes, unclothed) people of all ages. It is located just on the western side of the Golden Gate Bridge, providing the best ocean view of that most famous of San Francisco landmarks. Perhaps because of this striking view, Baker Beach is also the most crowded of San Francisco beaches, but that’s not a bad thing. This is the beach to head to when you are looking for some fun. Interested in picking up a volleyball game on the shore? Seeking to do some ocean-side kite flying? Dying to practice for your Extreme Frisbee competition? Baker Beach is the place for doing all of those things. Swimming, surfing and sandcastle-building are also frequently enjoyed activities on Baker Beach.