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Ocean Beach

Beach and Surf Spot · Outer Sunset
Point Lobos Ave (at Great Hwy), San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
9.5/10

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    Aaron C.
    "much colder and windy then the heart of the city."(9 Tips)
    We Travel A.
    "Great place to watch the surfers, or park to go in yourself!"(6 Tips)
    Maciek J.
    "You can also bring your food and do a bbq in one of the firepits"(8 Tips)
    Stephanie D.
    "Teeth and then hunt for sand dollars on the beach"(5 Tips)
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  • sunsets
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  • fire pits
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  • Hard R.

    Nice scenic beach. Ample parking.

    Hard Rocker · 5 hours ago
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  • Fodor's Travel

    The city offers a number of outstanding beaches like Ocean Beach on the Western edge of town for watching surfers and sunsets. Read more

    Fodor's Travel · 2 weeks ago
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  • Jussi H.

    The foggy sunday walk.

    Jussi Häyhä · January 7
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  • Iliya T.

    Sunsets are amazing

    Iliya Tsekov · January 2
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  • Jole P.

    One of the few beaches that allows/ accommodates for bonfires

    Jole P · December 24, 2015
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  • Steven M.

    Bon fires.

    Steven Matthews · November 18, 2015
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  • cansu u.

    Enjoy the ocean

    cansu ugurlu · November 13, 2015
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  • Ting S.

    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.

    Ting S · November 5, 2015
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  • Angelina W.

    Everything is great here

    Angelina Wan · November 1, 2015
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  • Angelina W.

    Foggy today

    Angelina Wan · November 1, 2015
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  • Dan C.

    Sometimes these weird hard jellyfish-things wash up on shore.

    Dan Carew · October 6, 2015
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  • Marvin

    Gorgeous view. Great place to surf!

    Marvin · October 4, 2015
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  • Danielle E.

    Beach, water, sunshine

    Danielle Elliot · October 2, 2015
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  • Gaby S.

    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.

    Gaby Schneider · September 24, 2015
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  • Alexey S.

    Nice sunset, good wind for kite, but wery dirty sand: dead birds & etc.

    Alexey Stepanov · September 9, 2015
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  • Maciek J.

    Beautiful sunset spot! You can also bring your food and do a bbq in one of the firepits

    Maciek Janicki · September 9, 2015
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  • Jason D.

    Surfing, long walks and the occasional beach fire

    Jason Denny · September 7, 2015
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  • Vicky C.

    Sparkling beach

    Vicky Chang · September 2, 2015
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  • Team S.

    This is a dog-friendly, dog friendly beach! Plus, it's off-leash.

    Team Slobbr · August 25, 2015
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  • Haley S.

    Absolutely beautiful and a huge expanse of beach. Great for people watching or picnicking or just a beach walk

    Haley Schoeck · August 25, 2015
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  • Tim D.

    Beautiful beach with bonfire pits! Come here with firewood and food to cook something and warm up at night

    Tim Deng · August 24, 2015
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  • Willem V.

    The water's COLD (and rough).

    Willem Van Lancker · August 18, 2015
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  • Amy B.

    Expect fog. Come for the serenity.

    Amy B · August 17, 2015
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  • Peter S.

    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 :-)

    Peter Schreuder · August 16, 2015
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  • Karina v.

    Bring all the sweaters you own. &/or snag a fire pit. Be careful, your clothes will smell like smoke!

    Karina van Schaardenburg · August 13, 2015
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  • Jole P.

    Beautiful beach with fire pits to legally have bonfires! Perfect for the summer bucket list

    Jole P · August 12, 2015
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  • ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³

    At the edge of the Pacific, beachcomb, build sand castles or bonfires, but don't swim. The tumultuous waters can be too rough to handle.

    ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³ · August 5, 2015
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  • Jasmeet S.

    Nice weather

    Jasmeet Singh · August 1, 2015
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  • EriC B.

    i come here for the sunsets. its how i like to end the day.

    EriC B. · July 21, 2015
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  • Jesse M.

    Come watch the sunset, walk along the shore. If you like taking sand dollars or shells, think about picking up trash for a change :)

    Jesse M · July 20, 2015
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  • Caroline D.

    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.

    Caroline Deng · June 28, 2015
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  • Leah W.

    A little chilly but gorgeous!

    Leah W. · June 27, 2015
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  • Holger L.

    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.

    Holger Luedorf · June 22, 2015
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  • Easy S.

    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

    Easy Spy · June 5, 2015
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  • Stephanie R.

    Great place to watch the sunset, if it's not foggy.

    Stephanie Robinson · June 1, 2015
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  • Stephanie R.

    Great place for a walk and to watch the sunset.

    Stephanie Robinson · June 1, 2015
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  • Hard R.

    Great place to watch the sunset.

    Hard Rocker · May 17, 2015
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  • SFist

    Come down to the beach after dinner for a totally legal, fully sanctioned bonfire in one of the provided fire pits. Read more

    SFist · April 15, 2015
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  • Christine W.

    Often Windy, but incredibly beautiful!

    Christine Wu · April 12, 2015
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  • Jipsta

    Beautiful views! Where else can you see the beach and mountains all at once?

    Jipsta · April 9, 2015
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  • Magnus J.

    Amazing big long waves assuming that you've got the strength to get out there. Beginners stay away and go to Pacifica instead.

    Magnus Jern · March 29, 2015
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  • Hamdi B.

    Really big beach. Nice place to surf !

    Hamdi Ben Lagha · March 24, 2015
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  • Rom C.

    Bring a strong magnet in a cup and you can gather your own black iron oxide magnetic sand. Very fun to play with.

    Rom Com · March 14, 2015
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  • MisterEastlake

    Due in part to its sometimes inhospitable weather (high winds, cold weather & fog), it was largely undeveloped throughout most of SF's early history, when it was known as part of the "Outside Lands"

    MisterEastlake · March 12, 2015
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  • MisterEastlake

    Ocean Beach runs along the west coast of San Francisco at the Pacific Ocean. It's adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, & the Sunset District

    MisterEastlake · March 12, 2015
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  • Andre B.

    Beautiful place to say good morning to the Pacific.

    Andre Beaumont · March 2, 2015
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  • Emmanuel L.

    Cool place to spend the day chillin'

    Emmanuel Lara · March 1, 2015
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  • Thaisa F.

    Beautiful place to go by bicycle :D

    Thaisa Fernandes · January 19, 2015
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  • We Travel A.

    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

    We Travel And Blog · January 16, 2015
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  • Amélie B.

    Perfect for long walk... the light in december is incredible..

    Amélie Beerens · January 2, 2015
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