• 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?

Seafloor rocks exposed at the Marin Headlands

To take a hike on the seafloor, explore any of the trails around the Golden Gate headlands, where you are surrounded by slabs of ocean crust that have crept thousands of kilometers on a tectonic journey to end on dry land.