The Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco is home to a small cove known as China Beach. Included in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area it is between Lands End and Baker Beach. The marker located at the trailhead that goes to the beach gives the indication that the area was named for the Chinese fishermen that once camped on the beach.
One of the state's cleanest parks it was originally the James D. Phelan State Beach Park. There are no fees charged for parking or entering the area. The beach does not permit fires or glass containers. There are facilities to make visitors more comfortable including restrooms, showers and changing rooms. There are also picnic areas and barbeque pits; you must supply your own food. There are no pets allowed on the beach.
The months of April through October there is a life guard on the beach, swimming is allowed. The area offers beach games and sun bathing among its activities. The area can be foggy all day long even during the summer months. The area has signs to warn visitors of the currents and rip tides in the area. The parking at the Beach has fewer than forty available spots.