San Franciscans love to camp (and hike and generally be outdoors), which is why we were so excited to learn that one of the city's natural gems will open as a campground this fall. Candlestick Point Recreational Area is a 200-acre park with over four miles of waterfront hiking and bike paths, bird watching opportunities, casting points for fishing, publicly accessible grills and (perhaps most importantly) jaw-dropping views of the San Francisco Bay. Starting October 1st, you can add overnight camping to that long list of fun outdoor activities.
Candlestick will open six new camping areas, all located on what's known as Sunset Point, a protected cove within the park that receives less wind than other parts of the notoriously brisk peninsula. Each camping area is a quarter-mile from an adjacent parking lot, so campers will need to be prepared to haul their stuff in. Avid kayakers can also access the new camping sites via boat; there's a landing station at nearby Jack Rabbit Beach.
Each site can be reserved for one or two nights ($35 per night) with a maximum of four people per camp. Bathrooms (with flushable toilets), drinking water and washing stations are all located within the park. But campfires and dogs are not allowed.
Book your stay on Reserve California when dates become available—and don’t forget a warm blanket.