Baker Beach is a public beach in San Francisco, California. It lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean to the northwest of the city. The beach is approximately a half mile long; it starts just south of Golden Gate Point, and then extends south towards the Sea cliff peninsula where the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the Sutro Baths are located.
The beach is mainly used for day trips and closes before sunset in summer; the beach is on Federal land which means that nudity is allowed. Most people who go nude go up towards the rocks. There are no lifeguards on duty at the beach and the water can be dangerous at times, the beach is best used for walks, sunbathing and beach games.
There are restrooms and picnic tables available for use at the beach. Glass containers and alcohol are not permitted on the beach. There are no food outlets at the beach so visitors are advised to pack a picnic and plenty of waters.
Activities available the beach includes fishing, sunbathing and photography such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Swimming is not advised due to the dangerous conditions. Another feature of the beach is the Disappering Gun which is located at Battery Chamberlin, on the first full weekend of each month the plant comes out of hiding and can be viewed and photographed.
Visitors need to be aware that swimming is not advised at the beach due to the rip tides and rough surf. Also after rain the bacteria levels in the water can be high.