By Marianela Pereyra
Sometimes you just need to get away, especially if you live in a big city like San Francisco. Rodeo Beach is that perfect escape! It’s only 2 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge, and as you travel through a mystical tunnel to get there, you also travel back in time. It’s a mixture of beautiful coastal trails, old army barracks, and a front row seat to the Pacific ocean. You can spend the day exploring old ruins, hiking the coastal trails, or hanging with your dog, family, and friends at picnic! Yes, Rodeo Beach is dog friendly which is a huge plus considering not many beaches are in California.
I wouldn’t recommend going for a swim; the water is freezing, even with a 3/4 length wetsuit. Plus, the water can be very dangerous. You may see some surfers braving the current, but those fish are definitely pros! It’s also not really the kind of beach you lay out on, as there’s no sand. It’s a pebble beach, so you’re beachcombing look out for beautiful red and green pebbles — I was lucky enough to find a rare orange one.
Rodeo Beach is a perfect beach to unwind, take in the coastal breeze, soak in the gorgeous views of the city, do some exploring and let your imagination go wild. That is exactly what happened to me as I ran into what looked like strange circular object out of Lost that was sitting on the cliff facing the ocean. The military once guarded this shore and I couldn’t help but wonder what it was, what purpose it served, and the history behind it.
If you hike far enough you reach a point where you feel you are as far West as you could possibly be. All you hear is the symphony of crashing waves on the rugged cliffs, and for those of you like myself that can’t seem to unplug and wish there was a magic switch you could flip to turn the noise off, I present to you: Rodeo Beach. You are nestled in the middle of so much nature and overwhelmed with the sounds, smells, and sights of such beauty that there is no room for anything else.