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Ocean Beach

Relax on the sand, spot seabirds, fly kites and enjoy other outdoor activities at this secluded San Francisco beach.

Ocean Beach is a long, beautiful beach running along the west coast of San Francisco. This stretch is often less crowded than many of the city’s other beaches. Go for a solitary stroll on the sand and watch experienced surfers take on the large waves and strong currents.

At more than 3 miles long (5 kilometers), Ocean Beach is perfect for walking and jogging. As you amble along the shore, look for seabirds flying above the Pacific Ocean. Common species sighted here in winter include tiny snowy plovers, who can often be spotted combing the beach for food or resting in the dunes. At the northern end of the beach lies the Cliff House, a casual all-day restaurant with excellent views.

Walk north of the restaurant to see the ruins of the Sutro Baths, once one of the world’s largest indoor swimming centers. The baths opened to the public in the late 19th century and were forced to close in 1966 due to insufficient revenue. Wander around the remnants and try to imagine how the complex would have looked in its heyday.

Toward the south end of the beach is San Francisco Zoo, which houses exotic animals. Ride the zoo’s historic Little Puffer, a miniature steam train that was built more than 100 years ago. This remarkable zoo also features educational exhibits on numerous animals, including koalas and eagles.

Golden Gate Park, a vast public space with lakes, gardens, playgrounds, sand dunes and walking trails, borders the beach. Ocean Beach is also near the Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Browse a collection of ancient and European art held within a beaux arts-style building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Use free parking lots at the northern and southern ends of Ocean Beach. Because of its dangerous rip currents, swimming is not recommended. Ocean Beach is located about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from San Francisco International Airport.

Swap San Francisco’s east coast crowds for refreshing sea breezes and coastal views at Ocean Beach.


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Rodeway Inn and Suites £92
Rodeway Inn and Suites

Rodeway Inn and Suites

1234 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and California Palace of the Legion of Honor. San Francisco Zoo and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel £166
    SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel

    SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel

    4340 Judah St, San Francisco, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and Golden Gate Park. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Beach Motel £95
      Beach Motel

      Beach Motel

      4211 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and Golden Gate Park. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Spacious Oceanside Vacation Flat
        Spacious Oceanside Vacation Flat

        Spacious Oceanside Vacation Flat

        1337 48th Avenue, San Francisco, California
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sunset District, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and San Francisco Zoo. California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Amazing Beachfront 3 Bedroom/2 Bath
          Amazing Beachfront 3 Bedroom/2 Bath

          Amazing Beachfront 3 Bedroom/2 Bath

          2159 48th Ave, San Francisco, California
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sunset District, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and San Francisco State University. Golden Gate Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Large Bright 2 Bedroom w L Deck & One Free Parking Near Beach, Golden Gate Park
            Large Bright 2 Bedroom w L Deck & One Free Parking Near Beach, Golden Gate Park

            Large Bright 2 Bedroom w L Deck & One Free Parking Near Beach, Golden Gate Park

            1730 38th Ave, San Francisco, California
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sunset District, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and San Francisco Zoo. Japanese Tea Garden and California Academy of Sciences are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Mirage Inn and Suites £149
              Mirage Inn and Suites

              Mirage Inn and Suites

              2600 Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Parkside, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Beach and San Francisco Zoo. San Francisco State University is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

                Stylish 2BR Sunset House W Parking by RedAwning
                Stylish 2BR Sunset House W Parking by RedAwning

                Stylish 2BR Sunset House W Parking by RedAwning

                2125 35th Ave, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sunset District, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ocean Beach, San Francisco Zoo and Golden Gate Park. San Francisco State University and Japanese Tea Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).