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Rodeo Beach, Sausalito

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Beach · Nature / Park
Rodeo Beach is a beach in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area located in Marin County, California, United States, two miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is characterized by a spit of around 50 meters width at the mouth of a long embayment, known as Rodeo Lagoon; for much of the year the lagoon is cut off from the ocean, making the beach spit a baymouth bar. Part of the beach is sheltered by cliffs. Rodeo Beach is known for its dark, pebbly sand, its uses for surfing and sunbathing, and its locale as a place for viewing, but not collecting, semi-precious stones. This beach is unique among California beaches in that it is largely made up of coarse, pebbly chert grains, both red and green in color. Its mineral composition sets it apart from every other beach in the state Surfing is possible throughout the year and at all tidal stages, but is best in summer — although there is a risk of shark attacks. Due to the North bar offshore of this beach it results in big waves in the winter months with the big swells that come in. Strong currents make swimming dangerous.

The beach features free entrance, free parking, wheelchair-accessible public restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed or voice-controlled.
In November 2007, oil from the wreck of the Cosco Busan washed up on Rodeo Beach, prompting its closure for several weeks.

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  • This is one of my favorite places for hiking and watching surfers in the cold water! The parking is free and easy, with plenty of spots.  more »
  • Nice big beach; not for swimming or kids as is dangerous surf; nice public restrooms; great stop while driving the Marin Headlands loop. Kind of tricky to get here since have to approach from...  more »
  • A really nice and dog friendly beach which is also good for surfing
  • Nice beach, you can hike, sunbathe or just chill, it has bathrooms and handicap parking bring a jacket and dress in layers because it doesn’t matter if it’s summer it can get cold and foggy.

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