South San Francisco is a hidden gem located on the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. While on a trip to sunny California, you stop by South San Francisco for its Mediterranean weather, coves, parks and piers. Who knows, you might find your new favourite place!
1. Gray Whale Cove: the cove of all coves
California is known for hiking and I love hiking. Some of these places are gems and are waiting to be discovered. Gray Whale Cove State Beach is one of those places and is absolutely beautiful.
Similar to Yosemite National Park except it is a sunny beach, Gray Whale Cove has amazing weather and is a must-see when you are in South San Francisco. It takes some walking so do not forget to wear your walking shoes - you’ll have to park across the freeway and walk down some stairs, as well.
Accommodations might have to be booked, but this is a place you have got to see! It is also connected to McNee Ranch State Park, so you can bust out two parks in one day in just under a few hours by visiting both of these!
Gray Whale Cove
Address: Hwy 1, Montara, CA 94037
Contact: (650) 726-8819
Website: Gray Whale Cove
2. Pacifica Pier: if you love piers and you love fishing
Fishing is family fun for everyone: friends or couples - especially early in the morning when the sun is barely rising. Piers are everywhere around San Fran so make sure you check this spot out.
This pier is especially meant for fishing, unlike Pier 31 (which is for shopping). Fishing is a fun experience for kids so if you want to have a little outing with the family - I would suggest this place. You can see all sorts of people here and have a great time meeting everyone, local or not.
Address: 2100 Beach Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044
Opening Hours: 4am - 10pm.
Contact: (650) 738-3760
Website: Pacifica Pier
3. Orange Memorial Park: a good, homely park
What I love about this place is it is beautiful and scenic. It has a playground for the kids, or even adults if they want to and you can just have a picnic and hang out.
Areas for basketball, tennis and baseball, you can play sports and have a ball here with your family and just relax with a nice day to yourself. They even have an indoor aquatics center. The weather in San Fran is always so wonderful, sometimes in between cloudy and sunny - but sunset and sunrise are the most memorable. If you just want to go for a nice walk in the evening, this is the place for you!
Orange Memorial Park
Address: Orange Ave and Tennis Dr, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Contact: (650) 829 3800
Facebook: Orange Memorial Park
4. Oyster Point Marina: Boating! Boating! And more boating!
This is a wonderful pier made for boating - but, if boating isn’t your thing you can hang around the marina and have a nice relaxing time here, too. You can fish here as well, making use of the 300 foot (91 meter) fishing pier or take your boat out using the boat launching ramp. If you brought your boat along with you and that is something your family loves to do - I would check this place out.
It can be windy, but everywhere around SF is windy, minus a few spots. They have grills and picnic tables for everyone’s needs so while you are boating and fishing - you can easily whip something up and have a nice day out. You can grill what you have caught then and there - or you can wait and bring other tasty food for your liking!
Surrounding this marina is a 33 acre (13 hectare) park with jogging and walking trails, making Oyster Point Marina an all around great place to visit, no matter your interest!
Don’t skip out on this place - you won’t regret it.
Oyster Point Marina/Park
Address: 95 Harbormaster Road, #1South San Francisco, California 94080
Contact: (650) 952-0808
Website: Oyster Point Marina/Park
5. McNee Ranch State Park: all the dreamy views a person could want
McNee Ranch State Park overlooks Gray Whale Cove and since they interconnect you can do both, one after the other. When you climb to the top you can see the fog and the wonderful views over San Francisco. The hike is one thing and can really get your energy up - but pictures must be taken at a place like this.
McNee can get busy so make sure you either get there early or park slightly far from the hike and park itself. The hike is easy and nothing too hard for a beginner who has never done a hike before. This is something everyone and anyone can do and there are even rabbits on the trail! You can bring your dog, but if it is likely they would run after the rabbits, that is something to keep in mind!
McNee Ranch State Park
Address: Hwy 1, Montara, CA 94044
Contact: (650) 726-8819
Embrace the views
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