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About Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California

Ocean Beach is a long beach spanning the entire Sunset District of San Francisco from Cliff House south to Sloat Boulevard. It’s also a wide beach especially when compared to all the other San Francisco beaches. The widest part of Ocean Beach is the north end where Golden Gate Park faces the ocean. Like all the beaches along the coast in San Francisco, Ocean Beach is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. There is a large parking lot with an entrance at Sloat Boulevard and there are street spots all along the west edge of Sunset neighborhood near the Great Highway with crosswalks to the Esplanade and stairs to the beach. The Esplanade is superb for walking and you could extend your trip into Golden Gate Park or the San Francisco Zoo. Bonfires are allowed in fire rings which are provided between stairwells 15 through 20. When the wind is kicking (most of the time) you can find windsurfers riding in the wild waves along Ocean Beach. Note that swimming is dangerous at here due to cold water temperatures and strong rip currents.

Sloat Blvd and Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94132
Park Name
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Pet Details
Dogs allowed off leash if under voice control except from Sloat Blvd to Stairwell 21 where leashes are required
Free parking
Beach Walking, Walking, Running, Biking, Sunbathing, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding
Restrooms, Promenade, Paved Bike Lane, Dunes, Zoo, Fire Pits
Map of Ocean Beach
San Francisco County, US
1:51 pm, October 2, 2023
temperature icon 67°F
L: 56° H: 67°
Feels like 66.94 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 4.94
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 7:06 am
Sunset: 6:52 pm
Humidity 70 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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2.1 miles away

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Rated 5 out of 5
April 12, 2023

Per the National Park Service website, fires are only allowed in the designated fire rings between stairwells 15 & 20.

Also, no fires permitted November 1 – end of February. And no fires permitted from 9:30PM – 6AM.

Rated 5 out of 5
April 12, 2023

Can I bring my own fire pit to ocean beach????

Sixteen fire rings hardly seems fair for the entire city!!!

Robin M