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Ocean Beach San Francisco

Ocean Beach San Francisco

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531 Reviews
Free admission
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA

The Basics

Because it is located across the city from the main tourist areas, Ocean Beach may not be on every tourist’s itinerary. However, it’s easy to squeeze into your sightseeing schedule with activities like a Golden Gate Park bike tour, GoCar tour, or coastal walking tour. Also, Ocean Beach is convenient to a selection of attractions in this part of the city, including the Legion of Honor museum, Lands End, Sutro Baths, and San Francisco Zoo.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Amazing!
KenaB, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
Easily the best way to tour San Francisco. I’ll be sure to do this again in the future. Truly an experience I’ll never forget!
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Most creative, genius tour
Treniece, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
It was the most amazing and unique tour ever. Such a creative tour. We saw so much on our own and still there was more to see. Worth every cent.
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Awesome
Genene_L, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
Would recommend to anyone who is traveling San Francisco. Gave a lot of information and history of the city. Thank you
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Awesome
Roel_G, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
It was an awesome experience. We would do it it again. Great price hours, we loved it! Awesome views
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Great, Friendly, and I learned something !
Jamilla_L, Apr 2021
Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz
The Golden Gate Bridge views and going around the city. Alcatraz was nice too!! It was a great tour that included one of my favorite places, Fisherman’s Wharf. Great tour guide too!!
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Great fun
Kristina_D, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
Great fun seeing parts of San Francisco we might not have seen. The audio tour with directions made it easy and care free.
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Excellent Tour
Karen-Nick, Mar 2020
Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz
Fantastic tour to do on our first day in San Francisco. Alcatraz was fantastic, we were on the first boat over. Pick ups were very efficient. The afternoon tour by Amanda was amazing. We went to places you would never go to on your own. Gives you an insight to the places you would want to visit again. We went over the Golden Gate Bridge and took some fabulous pictures. Lots of bathroom/coffee breaks. An excellent full day tour. Thank you
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Highly recommend this!
Jennifer_S, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
Loved this experience! We used the cars for 4 hours and got to see it ALL. Great way to view San Francisco narrated and at your own pace. My boys 18 and 25 agreed! And they were fun to drive 😀
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Fantastic
Anna-Lisa, Jun 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
We got off track a couple of times, but it was so much fun. Highly recommend to everyone. Cars easy to drive.
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First trip to San Francisco
Jacqueline_G, May 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
It is a great way to see the city. The only draw back is that the cars dont reverse and are quite small.
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So much fun!
Philip_V, May 2021
GoCar San Francisco Tour
This was the best and most fun way to get around the city. Very helpful GPS and informative. Although, we feel the GPS lady needs a name
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Excellent Tour. Brilliant Guid
Julie S, Jan 2020
Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz
Randall was a brilliant and informative guide on this excellent tour. We went to places we would never have discovered on our own

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring layers, as the wind and fog can appear suddenly on the coast, even if it’s warm and sunny when you arrive.

  • Beach fires are permitted only in the fire rings and only from March through October.

  • Glass and alcohol are not allowed on the beach.

  • Surfing at Ocean Beach is not for beginners, as the waves are large and the current is very strong.

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How to Get There

Starting at the Cliff House in the Outer Richmond neighborhood, Ocean Beach stretches south for 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers). By car, drive all the way west on Fulton Street or Lincoln Way until you reach the coast. Free parking lots are available; if they are full, there is street parking in the adjacent neighborhoods. By light rail, the N-Judah line ends just across Great Highway from the beach.

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Trip ideas

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Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz

Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Alcatraz


When to Get There

Sunset offers a tranquil atmosphere and the best photo opportunities as you watch the sun sink into the Pacific. The sunniest months with warmest temperatures are typically September and October. In July and August, the beach is usually blanketed in fog. The beach parking lots close at night.

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Golden Gate Park

San Francisco’s biggest city park is adjacent to Ocean Beach and just a few blocks from the Cliff House. It’s convenient to visit all of these sights on the same day, though there’s a lot of ground to cover. Stretching nearly half the width of the city, Golden Gate Park features world-class museums, a golf course, lakes, bike trails, gardens and playgrounds, sports fields, two windmills, and even a bison paddock.

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