China Beach in San Francisco, CA is named after Chinese fishermen who used to camp at the beach long time ago, most probably in early 1900's. The beach was previously named as James D. Phelan State Beach Park. China Beach has excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge, as it faces north. The beach is usually packed, but to many tourists and new residents it's still a secret. Visitors will find that China Beach is an attractive beach, though a bit small and lies between Land's End and Baker Beach in the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco.
China Beach park is an excellent romantic spot to take picture with your loved ones, feel the cool breeze, have a picnic, barbecue, or just relax and enjoy some time on the beach. China Beach looks gorgeous when the sun is out. It is so peaceful to listen to the waves lapping against the rock strewn shoreline even though the surf is calmer in this area than the more western facing beaches. There are surprisingly large bathrooms at the park and the showers and changing rooms are relatively kept clean for beachgoers.
In the shallows you can notice hundreds of starfish clinging to the rocks with colors such as pink, orange, and purple that are absolutely amazing. It will be a great experience if you go to watch the sunset here. You can sometimes spot a pod of dolphins jumping just off the coast. This beach really is a hidden treasure and can be foggy here all day, even in summer. China Beach is popular not only for its great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, but because it is the only beach in the city considered safe for swimming.
Swimming, sunbathing and beach games are the most attractive beach activities here. If you bring kids or plan on swimming, there is a lifeguard on duty - usually available from April through October. The budget hotels near China Beach in San Francisco are quite popular with attractive packages which suits all of our pocketbooks.
China Beach is located at Seacliff and 28th Ave in the Seacliff neighborhood. From El Camino del Mar, follow small brown signs that say "Public Beach." Parking is very limited at China Beach, with less than 40 spots available. To take San Francisco municipal transportation, get off the #29 buses at Lincoln/Camino del Mar and 25th Avenue and walk west, or take bus #1 to California and 30th Avenue and go north. Both are about 5 blocks away.