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Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

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Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

We're thinking of stocking up for a picnic and heading to one of the beaches in the city, but aren't sure which is the best bet -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach? Or is there a third and better alternative? Thanks!

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1. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

Both beaches are good, Ocean beach is bloody huge!!! I would probably choose Baker beach unless Ocean is more easily accessed for you.

Alternately if you want a very small (in comparison) and secluded beach there is China Beach right in the middle of all the beautiful, expensive homes down the cliff from sea cliff Ave near Lands End/Lincoln Park (you can find it along the 49 mile drive).

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2. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

some guides: http://sfgate.com/summerpicnics/




not Ocean Beach - there are no tables and no shelter from wind

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3. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

Baker is better, but China Beach is a good suggestion. All can be cool and foggy. Consider Crissy Field. It has a great picnic area, with views of the Bay, Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and city skyline.



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4. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

any place will be windy and cool/cold. I think Baker beach has better ambiance and has a view of the bridge. But even better than that is crissy field. it is still windy and cool but great views, and lots of places to stroll around, dogs to watch, windsurfers, giant tanker ships, kite surfers. plus I have heard the warming hut has good hot chocolate.

there are picnic benches all around and some of them are behind wind breaks.

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5. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

For a picnic, I'd say Baker Beach because it's a little more sheltered, being close to the entrance of the Golden Gate rather than right along the ocean. Ocean Beach is completely unsheltered, often very windy, and has vicious undercurrents, so if you wanted to go in the water, Baker Beach or China Beach would be calmer.

Baker Beach has a nice set-back picnic area. There are tables and grills among the trees, and it is accessible to the beach. When you first drive in and see a parking lot in front of you, you have to turn to the right, where you'll see another parking area and then this nice picnic grove. For our church picnics, we've had to alert some of the newer members that farther east, toward the Golden Gate is an area probably best left to the grown-ups (clothing optional).

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6. Re: Beach picnic -- Baker Beach or Ocean Beach?

Can't go wrong with all of the above. . . . I'll also chime in with Crissy Field, in between Fort Point (which is at the base of the GGB) and the Marina . . . a beautiful panorama view of the bay and bridge. . . .

Knosh on. . . .

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