Baker Beach (Golden Gate Point and the Presidio) is best known for its scenery. And that doesn’t just mean the lovely views of the Golden Gate Bridge from a new angle (from the west and below). Baker is San Francisco’s own clothing-optional (that is, nude) beach. But don’t worry, plenty of the denizens of Baker Beach wear clothes while flying kites, playing volleyball and Frisbee, and even just strolling the beach.
Baker Beach was the original home of the Burning Man festival, before it moved out to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Because Baker is much smaller than Ocean Beach, it gets crowded in the summertime.
Whether you choose to sunbathe nude or not, don’t try to swim here. So close to the gate, the currents at Baker get seriously strong and dangerous. Stay safe by staying on land.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition