On the hottest days, Marshall’s Beach (aka Golden Gate Bridge Beach) becomes so packed with people that it has been described as a “gay mob scene.” This is the unofficial gay beach, But the rocky shore, which connects three picturesque coves, also gets its share of straight men and women. Cruisy to say the least. Non-cruising activities include sunbathing, enjoying breathtaking views of the Bridge, and even taking some dips in the cold water.
Directions: from the toll booth area of Highway 101/1, take Lincoln Boulevard west about a half mile to Langdon Court. Turn right (west) on Langdon and look for space in the parking lots, across Lincoln from Fort Winfield Scott. Park and then take the beach trail, starting just west of the end of Langdon, down its more than 200 steps to the beach. The trail to the beach can still be slippery, especially in the spring and winter.