• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

China Beach

looking north toward golden gate & marin headlands from san francisco beach
 
Located in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco outside the Golden Gate, this cove is tucked between Baker Beach & Land's End. Offering spectacular views of Marin Headlands and The Golden Gate this cove of sand is good place for sunbathing, play spot for children and a picnic. Observe the monument to the Chinese fishermen and early residents who camped and anchored in the cove.

Tips and Highlights
  • Access to the beach is via a paved drive or stairway down from the parking lot to water level.
  • No pets, fires, and glass containers are allowed.
  • No lifeguards are on duty. Due to unpredictable surf conditions, swimming is not recommended.
  • Take a low-tide walk from China Beach to Baker Beach and find starfish, anemones, and mussels clinging to the rocky crevices of the cliffs.
  • To sunbathe out of the wind, there is a small deck on top of the lifeguard equipment pick-up station.
  • Above beach level, grills and a picnic area are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms and cold water showers are open sunrise to sunset.

 

Did You Know?

Jessie Fremont on her porch at her home at Fort Mason

John Fremont, the explorer, and his wife Jessie Benton Fremont, lived at Fort Mason. Both were abolitionists and their home, once located at the edge of the post, became a center of San Francisco’s intellectual life.