... if you can stand the cold. Temperatures range from a hi of about 17˚C in August to 12˚C in January. It has sandy beaches and a very gradual/shallow entry, so friendly to both seasoned swimmers and beginners, alike (so long as beginner stay shallow). The area is protected by a breakwater and is on the bay side, so there are no waves, but the current can still be somewhat noticeable (especially if you go out to the outer wall) and its proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge often brings in afternoon fog and strong breezes, which causes wind swells and surface chilling. There is a cold water shower on site, but the idiots at the National Parks Service shut it off for 8 months a year after Labor Day (first Monday in September). Hot showers and sauna are available for day use at The Dolphin Club, which is immediately next door to the beach on the southeast side. There is also a complete lack of any bicycle parking whatsoever anywhere in the vicinity, so plan on either walking, or parking illegally if you ride a bicycle. One round trip around the buoys equals about 500 meters, three round trips roughly equals a mile.
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