Amazing Beaches just Hours away from the East Bay

Who says you have to go to Southern California or some tropical paradise to enjoy a great beach? One of the best things about living in the San Francisco area’s East Bay is the fact that we’re just hours from beaches to the west, Monterey and Carmel to the south, the Sierra’s to the east and the Napa/Sonoma wine country to the north! No other area in the US can beat that combination as far as we’re concerned.

Today we’re going to spotlight 3 beaches all within a couple of hours drive from the East Bay. There are many more beaches to explore – find them at:

China BeachChina Beach is a small cove in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood. It lies between Baker Beach and Lands End and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

  • Golden Gate Recreation Area | China Beach Park | 340 Sea Cliff Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121
  • Activities: Sunbathing, Picnicking, Tide pooling
  • Amenities: Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, Tide Pools, Cave
  • Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach
  • Fees: Free parking

Muir BeachMuir Beach is a quiet cove, beach, and lagoon tucked into the coastline three miles west of Muir Woods and a favorite spot among locals.

  • Golden Gate Recreation Area | Muir Beach Park | 200 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA 94965
  • Activities: Hiking, Beach combing, Bird watching, Fishing, Sunbathing, Bonfires, Picnicking
  • Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Trails, Fire Pits
  • Pet Policy: Dogs allowed off leash if under voice control
  • Fees: Free parking

Capitola BeachCapitola Beach is located in the heart of Capitola Village with its many shops and restaurants. Lots of swimming, surfing, volleyball, kite flying and beach activities for the whole family.

  • Capitola Beach | San Jose Avenue and Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
  • Activities: Volleyball, Fishing, Sunbathing, Bird watching, Surfing
  • Amenities: Fishing Pier, Volleyball Courts, Lifeguard, Restrooms, Showers, Shops, Creek, Restaurant, Beaches
  • Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach
  • Fees: Metered street parking

There you have it – just 3 of the great beaches withing hours of the East Bay. What are your favorites? Enjoy the summer and all the Bay Area has to offer and please contact me if you are interested in moving to the best place on earth!


About CarolSawdey

I'm a Broker/Realtor in the San Ramon Valley. A trusted advisor in the local community: We help people buy and sell homes. We counsel them thoroughly. We negotiate to their advantage. We keep their stress to a minimum. And we love what we do!
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