Why we Love It: There’s a wonderful community vibe at this easily accessible beach – not to mention fantastic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and acrobatic kite surfers
What's Provided: picnic tables, grills, and restrooms
Insider Tips: spot beautiful birds nearby at
Crissy Field Marsh, an important stop on the Pacific Flyway
Getting There: PresidiGo Shuttle – Crissy Field Route; parking nearby
With a stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field East Beach is where locals come to play, fog or shine.
During the week, you'll find jogging parents with strollers, runners, bootcampers, and cyclists zipping along the Golden Gate Promenade. On weekends, East Beach transforms into an epic family destination with tots splashing at the water's edge and kite flyers sharing the air space.
Pack a Picnic
Pack up a picnic and join the folks who pitch their beach shelters – wise to the knowledge that the winds can pick up without a moment's notice – and settle in for a day of people-watching.
If you don't want to get sand in your sandwiches, picnic tables are nearby.
What to Do
East Beach is known as one of the best places to kitesurf in the world – thanks to the thermal winds and storm fronts that roll through the area. Watch in awe as they launch themselves out into the ocean before moving off at lightning speed towards the bridge.
If you want to stretch your legs, you'll find plenty of great places to explore nearby. To the east is Crissy Marsh, a must-see spot for birdwatchers. If you continue on the
Golden Gate Promenade towards the Golden Gate Bridge, you can reward yourself with refreshments from the
Warming Hut Café.