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China Beach Review

One of the city's safest swimming beaches, sheltered China Beach was named for the impoverished Chinese fishermen who once camped here. (Some maps label it James D. Phelan Beach.) This 600-foot strip of sand, south of the Presidio and Baker Beach, has gentle waters as well as changing rooms, restrooms, showers, grills, drinking water, and picnic tables. Despite its humble beginnings, China Beach today is bordered by the multimillion-dollar homes of the Seacliff neighborhood. The hike down to the beach is steep. Amenities: showers; toilets; parking (no fee). Best for: swimming; sunrise; sunset.

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  • Address: Sea Cliff Ave. and El Camino del Mar, San Francisco, CA 94121
  • Location: San Francisco
Updated: 11-04-2013

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