Tucked between Fisherman’s Wharf and Fort Mason sits the San Francisco Aquatic Center and its little stretch of beach. While I’ve never been brave enough to get into the chilly bay water, there are certainly a lot of people willing to slip into a wetsuit and go for a swim amongst the seals.
I will often venture here on sunny days or early in the evening just before the sun sets. It’s a great place to relax and people watch, and it’s typically a hive of activity with many walkers and joggers passing by as well as tourists milling around. There are usually kids building sand castles or folks sunbathing and chatting on the stone bleachers. The center also offers excellent views of the water, Alcatraz Island, ships – both old and new and a small beach nestled away from the buzzing big city.
The Aquatic Center is an easy place to overlook in a city that offers a multitude of parks and a wide variety of spots to relax. I’d put this clean little stretch of sandy beach high on my list of easy to access places for soaking in the sun, doing some people watching or just enjoying the scenery.
This spot is easy to access, and it’s just a stone’s throw from the Hyde Street cable car turnaround, walkable from the streetcar F-line stop at Fisherman’s Wharf and several city bus stops.