San Francisco's summer arrives later than most (usually mid-September) and lasts only a month. And even at that, the fog still rolls in each evening - so you want to make sure you're never far from a sweater. Or a parka.
But summer is finally here - and the normally sparsely populated beaches of The City actually begin to fill-up with sun bathers, joggers and fisherman as we try and catch our small allotment of rays. And one of the best places to do this is Baker Beach.
It's a spot that few tourists ever get to - which is a shame since it is really one of America's best, and most scenic beaches. Even when it's cold and foggy.
Behind the beach you'll find a nice picnic area with tables and barbeque pits, full restroom facilities, and ample parking. It's also on the municipal bus route for easy access. http://www.sfmta.com/cms/home/sfmta.php
And when the weather is really nice, the end closest to the bridge is a semi-official nude beach area - for those who despise "tan-lines. It's not really legal - but remember - this is San Francisco we're talking about.
It's a great spot to spend all, or part, of your day and definitely should be on any visitors itinerary of 'must see' places in The City.
And remember - even though it's summer - don't forget your sweater.