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Rodeo Beach, Sausalito

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Rodeo Beach ( roh-DAY-oh) 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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  • As a visitor to the area a trip to Rodeo beach was recommended to me. I parked in the main car park where there are also restroom facilities and walked down the path leading to the beach. I loved... 
    As a visitor to the area a trip to Rodeo beach was recommended to me. I parked in the main car park where there are also restroom facilities and walked down the path leading to the beach. I loved...  more »
  • Really cool beach cove on north side of bridge in Marin County. Used to have Sunday public transit coming here, but not at this time. Still worth figuring out how to get here. Relax, beachcomb, surf.....  more
    Really cool beach cove on north side of bridge in Marin County. Used to have Sunday public transit coming here, but not at this time. Still worth figuring out how to get here. Relax, beachcomb, surf.....  more »
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  • Beautiful and comfortable beach. Many hiking trails start from it. Convenient parking. Many local surfers catch waves here.
  • Not a bad beach, plenty of parking but if it’s a nice day should get here early. Very dog friendly, looks like reasonable surf, enough of a shallow stretch for kids to run around in the water. The beach isn’t that long, so when crowded can hike the nearby trails or go to Muir Beach (5.9miles). *If you’re expecting a “California Sandy style beach”, this isn’t for you.

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