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Old 02-12-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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What an interesting proposition.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I like y'all and have visited the bay area frequently, but I do freeze my cojones off in the bay water.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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There are so many better options than a bayfront beach in Oakland -- local swimming pools, for one, but also, I'd rather just make the drive to Santa Cruz, or if it's warm enough, to Stinson Beach and sit on nice sand and watch the actual ocean. Does anyone know if Lake Del Valle in Livermore is still open? We tried going last summer, and the road was fenced off like it was a budget cut victim. THAT reservoir is great for swimming and sunning. Water temp usually hits 80 degrees in summer, and the surface is even warmer, plus consistently great weather.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: West Coast Wanderer
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There are so many better options than a bayfront beach in Oakland -- local swimming pools, for one, but also, I'd rather just make the drive to Santa Cruz, or if it's warm enough, to Stinson Beach and sit on nice sand and watch the actual ocean. Does anyone know if Lake Del Valle in Livermore is still open? We tried going last summer, and the road was fenced off like it was a budget cut victim. THAT reservoir is great for swimming and sunning. Water temp usually hits 80 degrees in summer, and the surface is even warmer, plus consistently great weather.
Is that the lake that has a camp ground?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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It's not like there's any good swimming beaches in the Bay Area anyway. Alameda's beach is very nice for strolling, and you get more sun than the beaches on the Pacific, and the wind is about the same. I think Oakland could use a beach, though it really doesn't have any shoreline since it's either blocked off by Emeryville or Alameda.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:02 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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It's not like there's any good swimming beaches in the Bay Area anyway. Alameda's beach is very nice for strolling, and you get more sun than the beaches on the Pacific, and the wind is about the same. I think Oakland could use a beach, though it really doesn't have any shoreline since it's either blocked off by Emeryville or Alameda.
Beaches in the Bay Area are only good for surfing. Too cold otherwise, unless it's 100+ inland.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: AK, CA, FL, WA, AUS
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Stinson Beach is nice and warm during the summer... The actual ocean is still very cold though.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Funny, people complaining about how "cold" Radio and Alameda are. By California standards they are both fairly typical if not on the warm side. No where near as cold as most of the San Mateo County beaches on the open Pacific side. Even warmer than most Monterey Bay beaches. Got to get down to SB to find anything like these SF Bay Beaches in terms of shelter from wind, and relatively "warm" (again, by CA standards) sea surface temps (due to the shallow water, smaller waves and solar heating).
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:00 PM
 
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Stinson Beach is nice and warm during the summer... The actual ocean is still very cold though.
Occasionally it can be warm in the summer, and the fog does break, but it's more often than not very foggy there in the summer (May - Aug). Point Reyes, just up the coast from Stinson Beach, is by official records one of the foggiest places in the entire world (Point Reyes Lighthouse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

But, even when there is fog, all you gotta do is walk up the Mt. Davis, Dispea, or Willow Camp Fire Road trails for 30 minutes, and you'll be above the fog (with some tremendous views, to boot).

Sept-October/Spring/Winter between storms usually includes glorious weather, though.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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Funny, people complaining about how "cold" Radio and Alameda are. By California standards they are both fairly typical if not on the warm side. No where near as cold as most of the San Mateo County beaches on the open Pacific side. Even warmer than most Monterey Bay beaches. Got to get down to SB to find anything like these SF Bay Beaches in terms of shelter from wind, and relatively "warm" (again, by CA standards) sea surface temps (due to the shallow water, smaller waves and solar heating).
Sorry to say, NorCal beaches suck. As someone who was raised in Ventura County, and has family all over metro L.A, their beach culture is leaps and bounds above "Bay Area beach" culture where you have to dress like you're going going into the middle of an Alaskan blizzard 75% of the year.

They're not even nice to look at until you get down towards Monterrey/Carmel which aren't really Bay Area beaches. Bolinas Bay/Stinson are okay. Not spectacular.
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