Crissy Field East Beach

Categories Recreation and Wellness, Nature and Science

​​​​​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.

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: Muni 30; parking nearby​

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 kite​surf 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 Park Store and Café.​