Rodeo Beach is a San Francisco Hidden Gem

It’s surprisingly easy to forget that on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the biggest urban parks in the country. Golden Gate National Recreation Area is roughly two and a half times the size of San Francisco and features some of the most beautiful beaches in California.

For Father’s Day this year, the Smoothspin crew wandered across the bridge and explored one of those beaches. Our sunny destination, Rodeo Beach, is located on the western shore of Marin County; just a 30 minute drive from downtown San Francisco. If you don’t have access to a car, you can even reach the beach from the city via the 76X MUNI.

I could provide a tear-jerking poetic description of the beach, but it’s a lot easier to just quote the National Parks Conservancy website:

Windswept, exhilarating, and covered with unique red and green pebbles, this beach is just three miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sheltered by cliffs and bounded by a lagoon, it offers good picnic sites and is ideal for kite flying or just watching the roaring Pacific. Attentive beach-walkers may see (but must not collect) jasper, carnelian, black agate, and jade among the beach sands. Two military forts once guarded these shores. Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite—whose structures now serve as National Park Service facilities—were once nerve centers of Marin Headlands military activities long ago.

 

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach