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When you’re downtown, it’s easy to forget that San Francisco is a beachside city. But head west or north and there they are, golden expanses of sand kissed by lapping blue waves. While it’s true you’re more likely to see folks bundled up in blankets and hoodies than board shorts and bikinis, don’t take San Francisco beaches for granted. It’s not about languid sunbathing here – instead, you’ll find public fire pits, rad surf shops, breathtaking San Francisco views, sandy dog paradises and the some of the city’s best hikes. From the Pacific to the Bay, there’s a sandy stretch for every beach-going style.
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