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Ocean Beach

Beach and Surf Spot
Outer Sunset, San Francisco
  • The sunsets at Ocean Beach is a can't miss
  • Russell Allen E.
    "so windy and so so sandy, but gosh what a good view!"(10 Tips)
    Emily F.
    "Grab a fire pit on warm evenings for the perfect end to a day in SF."(11 Tips)
    Stephanie R.
    "Great place to watch the sunset, if it's not foggy."(6 Tips)
    Stephanie D.
    "Teeth and then hunt for sand dollars on the beach"(5 Tips)
251 Tips and reviews
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  • Aubrie J.
    Aubrie JohnsonMay 31
    Been here 5+ times
    The fire pits are first come, first serve. Wear layers!
  • Butch C.
    Butch CurryMay 27
    Been here 10+ times
    Sun's out! Beautiful day!
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonMarch 13
    Been here 10+ times
    The cement stairways leading from the parking lot down to the sand are numbered, starting with 1 on the north end (closest to cliff house). Dogs are allowed off leash from stair1 to 21; on-leash south
  • Ashley B.
    Too cold to swim without a wetsuit, but tons of fun for hanging out!
  • Pavan K.
    Pavan KulkarniFebruary 26
    Very nice ocean views. Start the walk from Dutch windmill towards lands end via ditto baths
  • Ashlea O.
    Ashlea OwenJanuary 29
    It's beautiful here! It's consistently a view you can't beat. It's dog friendly and fire friendly at specific times of the year.
  • Mr M.
    Mr MaggioDecember 25, 2016
    Nice beach...
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeDecember 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice waves. Busy with 🏄
  • Nathan/ofer E.
    Nathan/ofer EibschutzNovember 22, 2016
    Pro: it is good for recreation. Good for flying the kite. Good for 🏄‍♀️,kite boarding, body surfing etc. Con: Super cold year round. Conditions not so pleasant. Sand flying around. Tickling.
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HillSeptember 23, 2016
    Beach volleyball on the north end Saturday and Sunday mornings. Organized through meetup, all skill levels welcome, friendly bunch!
  • Pooja
    PoojaSeptember 9, 2016
    Can get windy and cool even in the summer, so come prepared with a jacket or scarf.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeJuly 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Today was a hot sunny day here! Awesome
  • Emily F.
    Emily FaraoneJuly 2, 2016
    Grab a fire pit on warm evenings for the perfect end to a day in SF. Bring lots of blankets!
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SJune 14, 2016
    Dip your toes in the pacific or huddle up for a bonfire
  • Sam M.
    Sam MoellerMay 25, 2016
    I will go to the my family and enjoy this beauty of the beach of the world.
  • David H.
    David HeiserApril 17, 2016
    Amazing sunsets!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    Cold but beautiful. A fun spot to stop.
  • Marco L.
    Marco LancieriApril 8, 2016
    Going for a walk is always nice, be warned though the closer you walk to cliff house the more liable you are to find broken bottles and needles
  • Bérenger
    BérengerApril 6, 2016
    Just at the end of the N train. An awesome big piece of sand, perfect for picnics and sunset watching!
  • Amber L.
    Amber LutskoMarch 28, 2016
    Come early if you want to get a fire pit on the weekends
  • Fran S.
    Fran SuMarch 23, 2016
    Great place to fly kites.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HPMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    awesome for running
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BydlonMarch 16, 2016
    Absolutely loved this place. Soft sand, lots of area, and the sunset was spectacular.
  • m d.
    m dMarch 7, 2016
    Always beautiful colored sky!! It is cold as well though.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerFebruary 14, 2016
    Nice scenic beach. Ample parking.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    The city offers a number of outstanding beaches like Ocean Beach on the Western edge of town for watching surfers and sunsets. Read more
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The foggy sunday walk.
  • Iliya T.
    Iliya TsekovJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunsets are amazing
  • Jole P.
    Jole PDecember 24, 2015
    One of the few beaches that allows/ accommodates for bonfires
  • Steven M.
    Steven MatthewsNovember 18, 2015
    Bon fires.
  • cansu u.
    cansu ugurluNovember 13, 2015
    Enjoy the ocean
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 5, 2015
    I've seen over hundreds times of sunset here. I love it. Just make sure you put on enough cloth before you heading to ocean beach.
  • Angelina W.
    Angelina WanNovember 1, 2015
    Everything is great here
  • Angelina W.
    Angelina WanNovember 1, 2015
    Foggy today
  • Dan C.
    Dan CarewOctober 6, 2015
    Sometimes these weird hard jellyfish-things wash up on shore.
  • Marvin
    MarvinOctober 4, 2015
    Gorgeous view. Great place to surf!
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotOctober 2, 2015
    Beach, water, sunshine
  • Gaby S.
    Gaby SchneiderSeptember 24, 2015
    I'm a bit beach-spoiled since I grew up here, so Ocean Beach is a little boring to me! But it's a short hike to some more picturesque spots on Land's End.
  • Alexey S.
    Alexey StepanovSeptember 9, 2015
    Nice sunset, good wind for kite, but wery dirty sand: dead birds & etc.
  • Maciek J.
    Maciek JanickiSeptember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful sunset spot! You can also bring your food and do a bbq in one of the firepits
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennySeptember 7, 2015
    Surfing, long walks and the occasional beach fire
  • Vicky C.
    Vicky ChangSeptember 2, 2015
    Sparkling beach
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 25, 2015
    This is a dog-friendly, dog friendly beach! Plus, it's off-leash.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DengAugust 24, 2015
    Beautiful beach with bonfire pits! Come here with firewood and food to cook something and warm up at night
  • Willem V.
    Willem Van LanckerAugust 18, 2015
    The water's COLD (and rough).
  • Amy B.
    Amy BAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Expect fog. Come for the serenity.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SchreuderAugust 16, 2015
    Just walk around on the boulevard and just soak in what all the people are doing there on a sunny busy weekend evening. It's soo funny to just watch everyone here :-)
  • Karina v.
    Karina van SchaardenburgAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring all the sweaters you own. &/or snag a fire pit. Be careful, your clothes will smell like smoke!
  • Jole P.
    Jole PAugust 12, 2015
    Beautiful beach with fire pits to legally have bonfires! Perfect for the summer bucket list
  • Jasmeet S.
    Jasmeet SinghAugust 1, 2015
    Nice weather
  • EriC B.
    EriC B.July 21, 2015
    i come here for the sunsets. its how i like to end the day.
  • Jesse
    JesseJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Come watch the sunset, walk along the shore. If you like taking sand dollars or shells, think about picking up trash for a change :)
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJune 28, 2015
    Always check the weather before you get here. Ocean Beach is amazing on a sunny day, but cold and windy on a cloudy one. My favorite drive in SF.
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.June 27, 2015
    A little chilly but gorgeous!
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 22, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Great beach for a run, especially at low tide. Clean and usually pretty deserted. The distance from the zoo to Cliff House is about 5k, so it makes for a good 10k run up and back.
  • Easy S.
    Easy SpyJune 5, 2015
    Lovely Beach ! Are you a parent of a hyper teen ! You can monitor your child's cellular activity with Easy Spy ! Here's to no more getting lost Read more
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    Great place to watch the sunset, if it's not foggy.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 1, 2015
    Great place for a walk and to watch the sunset.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerMay 17, 2015
    Great place to watch the sunset.
  • SFist
    SFistApril 15, 2015
    Come down to the beach after dinner for a totally legal, fully sanctioned bonfire in one of the provided fire pits. Read more
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuApril 12, 2015
    Often Windy, but incredibly beautiful!
  • Jipsta
    JipstaApril 9, 2015
    Beautiful views! Where else can you see the beach and mountains all at once?
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernMarch 29, 2015
    Amazing big long waves assuming that you've got the strength to get out there. Beginners stay away and go to Pacifica instead.
  • Hamdi B.
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Really big beach. Nice place to surf !
  • Rom C.
    Rom ComMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a strong magnet in a cup and you can gather your own black iron oxide magnetic sand. Very fun to play with.
  • Andre B.
    Andre BeaumontMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful place to say good morning to the Pacific.
  • Emmanuel L.
    Emmanuel LaraMarch 1, 2015
    Cool place to spend the day chillin'
  • Thaisa F.
    Thaisa FernandesJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful place to go by bicycle :D
  • We Travel A.
    We Travel And BlogJanuary 16, 2015
    Great place to watch the surfers, or park to go in yourself! Technically illegal to sleep in your vehicle, but if you're gonna do it, this parking lot is the place to be ! #vanlife
    Upvoted May 21
  • Amélie B.
    Amélie BeerensJanuary 2, 2015
    Perfect for long walk... the light in december is incredible..
  • alexis c.
    alexis carigmaNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's been a while.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 9, 2014
    Decent spot to cool off during hot days or take a stroll.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 4, 2014
    Come here in the early morning and you'll likely find some surfers, seagulls, and misty clouds.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongOctober 13, 2014
    Come during SF's Indian summer!
  • Aubrie J.
    Aubrie JohnsonOctober 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yes, it DOES have a real bathroom!
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is precisely the spot that makes San Francisco so awesome.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonSeptember 1, 2014
    Come with a picnic and watch the sunset.
  • Tyke Jones
    Tyke JonesAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beach day
  • Nouf A.
    Nouf AlsubaieAugust 30, 2014
    The weather😍💜
  • Scott H.
    Scott HAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Countries longest urban beach*. (That's what someone told me one day, so it's fact)
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DAugust 25, 2014
    Get a breakfast sandwich from Devil's Teeth and then hunt for sand dollars on the beach to burn off all that bacon, cheese, and buttery biscuit. Heaven.
  • John D.
    John DohertyAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ocean is good here. Great spot for dogs.
  • Man_Used👽👾👽
    Man_Used👽👾👽August 11, 2014
    The land of beauty sand.
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰August 9, 2014
    A beach in SF. Who would have thought? It's the end of the Earth.
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I grew up in Southern CA. By comparison, this beach is disappointing. However, I like to stop here on a bicycle ride, they view is calming and relaxing - but caution it can be very windy.
  • Fabio
    FabioJuly 31, 2014
    Don't forget your sunscreen and a bottle os water
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 25, 2014
    Always the first place I head when I get to SF. Walk along the Pacific. Walk up to nearby Cliff House. Make sure to bring warm clothes, much colder and windy then the heart of the city.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 19, 2014
    FREEZING. Always. Bring a jacket, even if the sun's out.
  • Kirk W.
    Kirk WonJuly 18, 2014
    Look for the old shipwreck around Ortega St. at low tide.
  • Rose
    RoseJuly 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I love you Ocean Beach
  • Seda
    SedaJuly 12, 2014
    Fun to surf but watch out for jelly fish in the water. A shower area would be very useful too.
  • Al A.
    Al AbutJune 29, 2014
    Bring a windbreaker, even on a sunny day. And bring your small dog for a walk every Saturday at 10am. It's been going for 8 years strong!
  • George C.
    George ChaoJune 9, 2014
    A lot of small stone and objects in the sand...
  • George C.
    George ChaoMay 27, 2014
    The wind is heavy. It combines with sand and it hurts.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FredericksMay 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the ocean! It's salty!
  • Nepalese G.
    Amazing view at the fire pit 17
  • lululemon
    lululemonApril 29, 2014
    Adjacent to the Great Highway, Ocean Beach has few tourists, no highrises and plenty of ocean vibes (think: shorebirds, surfers and beach bonfires). Go for a run!
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    Bay waters are calm and boring. Drive the 1 and see the real ocean (and possibly Japan on a clear day). Check out Sutro Baths and Cliff House on your way.
  • Will 李.
    Will 李April 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place for a romantic stroll in the evening
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    so windy and so so sandy, but gosh what a good view!
  • Gaby B.
    Gaby BeasOctober 15, 2016
    Hoy toca playa sin bañar!!!!
  • M.t ..
    M.t .Andicen.March 14, 2015
    Nefis bir plaj ama türkiye,de köpeğime yapılan hayin terörün sonucu hiç tat alamadım burdan :(
  • Joanna
    JoannaOctober 11, 2014
    Corgi Con!!!!!
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