BAKER BEACH is a popular San Francisco attraction, especially on those rare weekends when it's warm. The long stretch of sandy beach can easily be accessed from the Presidio parking lot near 25th Avenue, making it popular with families and tourists alike. If the weatherman predicts sunshine it's a good idea to get here early to secure nearby parking and claim a good spot on the beach. We arrived at 10am to find a beehive of beach activity already in progress.
Those stunning ocean views of the Marin Headlands, evening sunsets, and the Golden Gate Bridge -- when it's not hidden by fog -- makes it an ideal spot for beachcombers and weekend enthusiasts.
But a word of warning -- the weather can change at a moment's notice so be prepared to dress in layers, carry a jacket, a blanket and your camera, to soak it all (ie, sun and fog) in. Your day's visit can take a very dramatic turn.
In just an hour the sun might fade as the summer fog "rolls in" through the gate, making the afternoon scene quite different. Brrrr! However, just a few miles away the sun still shines bright and warm. Just not at Baker Beach.