Ocean Beach is a beach on the west coast of San Francisco, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is adjacent to Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District, and the Sunset District. The Great Highway runs alongside the beach, and the Cliff House and the site of the former Sutro Baths sit at the northern end. The beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park Service.Make Ocean Beach a part of your San Francisco vacation plans using our San Francisco trip planner.
During the late spring and summer, San Francisco's characteristic foggy weather frequently envelops the beach. The average temperature for the last 5 years has been 13.2 °C (55.8 °F) However, the beach is popular with surfers and participants in bonfire parties. More beach-friendly weather occurs in late fall and early spring, when fog is less prevalent.
The water at Ocean Beach is noteworthy for its strong currents and waves, which makes it popular among serious surfers. The water is cold, due in part to a process known as upwelling, in which frigid water from below the ocean surface rises to replace the surface water that moves away from the beach as a result of the Coriolis effect. The rapid rip currents and cold water make the ocean dangerous for casual swimmers and even those who simply want to set foot in it, and swimmers have been swept away and drowned. Nevertheless, the beach is one of the Bay Area's top surfing spots. The southern portion of the beach by Sloat Boulevard is one of the cleanest in the state.
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Ocean Beach Reviews
Since a rain storm off the coast was coming into San Francisco, we went to Ocean Beach to watch the wves roll in. The waves were roaring in and its fun to watch them. Pigeons and sea gulls were fun..... more »
It was difficult to find parking but we finally decided to park at a pay parking and walked to the pier side and it was a good walk. Waters at the beach for October is cold for sure. We had tacos at..... more »
I went there with a friend, clean and nice sand, surfers, dolphins (I guess). It was really nice.
This beach is cleaned by groups of volunteers layered on top of some other party....probably state or federal. By contrast to the City it is VERY clean.
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