Top San Francisco Beaches
If you are looking for one of the safest beaches for families, China Beach offers shallow waters for kids to play in and sometimes has lifeguards on duty during the summer. This tiny cove is tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach and also features a spectacular view of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is also a great spot to have a picnic or a barbecue. Or, take a walk during low tide from China Beach to Baker Beach and find starfish, anemones, and mussels clinging to the rocky crevices of the cliff. Named after the Chinese fishermen who camped here in days past, you can see a monument to China Beach’s early residents near the parking area at the end of Sea Cliff Avenue.
China Beach is located at Sea Cliff and 28th avenues in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. From El Camino del Mar, follow small brown signs that say "Public Beach." Parking is very limited at China Beach, with less than 40 spots available. To get there on San Francisco Muni, get off the 29 bus at Lincoln/Camino del Mar and 25th Avenue and walk west, or take 1 California bus to California St. and 30th Avenue and go north. Both are about five blocks away.