Fort Funston Beach

  • 01 of 03

    Fort Funston Nude Beach

    View of Fort Funston Beach
    ••• View of Fort Funston Beach. James Carnes/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    At Fort Funston Beach can you can see it all - a hang glider, a horseback rider and a dog walker, all on the same day. But probably not a nudist.


    Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    Soft, sandy dunes

    Even though nude use has been infrequent in recent years after a crackdown by park rangers, we hear that a few stalwarts still like to use the beach, mostly in the sand dunes. If you go on a weekday and no one complains about your behavior, you're unlikely to be cited.

    Who's at Fort Funston Beach

    Mostly clothed families on weekends, when it's almost impossible to find a private spot. Fort Funston is also a popular dog beach and the furry folks aren't always under tight control of their owners. If that bothers you, it's best to go somewhere else.

    Fort Funston Facilities


    Fort Funston Activities

    Sunbathing. Watching the hang gliders overhead.

    More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of Fort...MORE Funston

    Nudity Laws and Fort Funston

    Fort Funston Beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which makes it Federal land, but the legal situation is complex. Read more about it here.

    Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.

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  • 02 of 03

    Fort Funston Beach Reviews and Rating

    Fort Funston Beach
    ••• Fort Funston Beach. FarOutFlora/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Fort Funston Beach a grade of "C," but our readers seem to like it a bit better than other area alternatives.

    What Our Readers Have to Say 

    A Little too isolated

    Since the majority of beachgoers at Ft. Funston are clothed, I found an isolated sand dune right at a drop-off to the beach. I have no problem nude sunbathing around clothed people, but considering the present legal status of nude sunbathers, I chose not to press the subject and stayed away from the open areas(Beach). The cover of the dunes actually made for a nice warm area on a so so 4th of July. It was warm everywhere else exept at Ft. Funston. But being in an isolated area kind of makes you a little wary of random passers by. I was by myself and am used to the "community" at Baker Beach. The dunes funneled the breeze in such a way as to insure that sand was on every inch of my body more so than had I been more beachside. After an hour or so, a hang-glider hung in the air right...MORE over me a little too long. I didn't mind at first because I was comfortable with my location, but I got Paranoid about him being a park snitch. Not wanting to chance it, I left.

    —Guest Sam

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  • 03 of 03

    Getting to Fort Funston Beach

    San Francisco Nude Beach Map
    ••• San Francisco Nude Beach Map. Adapted from Google Maps

    This map shows all the beaches in San Francisco. The ones with pushpin-shaped markers are nude beaches. If you want an interactive version of the map, would like to convert to a close-up satellite map that shows the beaches and trails or need driving directions, use our San Francisco Beach map at Google.

    Driving Directions

    Fort Funston Beach is on Skyline Drive south of Ocean Beach. The entrance is well marked. The best way to get there depends on where you start from and your best bet is to use the interactive map link above to find a route.


    Free, public parking lot

    Public Transit

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    You'll find a sand ladder in the southwest corner of the parking lot. Use it to get to the beach, then find a private place in the sand dunes, as far as possible from the parking area.