Marshall Beach

San Francisco, California (CA)

Marshall Beach is a long, narrow, secluded beach located just off the Presidio's iconic ‘Batteries to Bluff Trail’, in San Francisco.

Marshall Beach
- © Corey Thompson

What is Marshall Beach?

It is named after John W. Marshall, who owned the land where the beach is located in the late 19th century. Today the beach and the land above is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Marshall Beach
- © Chris Feichtner

Where is Marshall Beach?

The beach stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point National Historic Site, all the way south to North Baker Beach. It is situated at the base of a steep cliff, which provides a dramatic backdrop and offers panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

The beach itself is small and rocky, a mix of sand and pebbles. It is not suitable for swimming, but it is a popular spot for sunbathing (nude or otherwise), picnics, and scenic walks. At high tide the beach is fully submerged so be sure to check the tide tables ahead of your trip.

Marshall Beach
- © David Yu

Why is Marshall Beach popular?

The surrounding landscape is diverse and includes coastal scrub, grassland, and forested areas. The beach is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including coyotes, foxes, rabbits, and birds such as hawks and ospreys.

It is a popular spot for photography and has featured in numerous films and television shows. It is also a popular destination for hikers and runners, who can take advantage of the nearby trails that offer stunning views of the beach and links to the surrounding area, including the Serpentine rock formations.

Marshall Beach
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Our thoughts…

Overall, Marshall Beach is a beautiful and peaceful spot that offers breathtaking views and a chance to experience the natural beauty of San Francisco (in every sense of the word!).

It is a great place to relax, take in the sights, and enjoy the great outdoors, making it a must visit destination in San Francisco.

Marshall Beach
- © Curtis Simmons

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What you need to know

Marshall Beach
Langdon Ct, San Francisco, CA 94129
37.801662, -122.479866
Tips before you visit

There are no dogs allowed on the beach.

This is a clothing-optional beach.