It’s already the middle of June {holy smokes, how’d that happen?!} and we’re officially itching for the dog days of summer to arrive, as quickly as possible, please! We want nothing more than to ditch the office to bask in the sun and bury our toesies in the sand. Luckily, here in San Francisco we have a ton of beautiful beaches as close as a 20 minute drive up the coast. And while the waters might not be warm enough to swim in, enjoying all-day picnics and catching up on tons of mags sounds like the ideal way to spend a gorgeous Saturday at the beach!

Here are three of our fave Bay Area beaches {tested and approved by our favorite always-shooting-on-the-beach photographer, Emily Scott!} to escape to during the summer weekends ahead!

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Cowell Ranch Beach in Half Moon Bay is the definition of the perfect Northern California beach. It’s warmer {due to the cliffs shielding the winds} and more secluded than other beaches, making it ideal for watching the crashing waves and catching some rays. We recommend setting up a picnic and on a good day, maybe even changing into your swimsuit. It’s about a half mile walk to get to the sand, and worth it!

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Carmel hosts a mile stretch of beach where you’re bound to find the most romantic “let’s park it here forever” spot. The fine white sand under your toes means you could honestly leave home without a blanket. Dog friendly, you could also bring your four-legged child, or your real child, to enjoy the gentle surf and sand with you and your honey!

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Right in our San Francisco backyard, Baker Beach is the cool “hipster” hang spot. Almost directly under the Golden Gate , it has some of the most spectacular views of the bridge and is the perfect place for enjoying wine out of plastic cups, frisbee games, impromptu photoshoots and fun friends!

The one accessory you need to throw over your shoulder for all of these destinations? A fun beach bag, duh. Pack in picnic essentials, a sweater for those cooler temps as the sun sets and whatever else you may need for a day of beach bummin’. You can’t go wrong with any of these hot picks:

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> 1. Woven Fringe Bag
> 2. Skinny Striped Drawstring Bag
> 3. Objects Without Meaning Cork Bag
> 4. Mar y Sol Collins Bag
> 5. Black and White Sisal Woven Tote
> 6. Cold Picnic Bucket Bag
> 7. All Hands Canvas Sailor Bag
> 8. Mar y Sol Caracas Bag

Here’s to many long beach days and super cute bags in all of our near futures! Where are some of your fave beaches to hang out during the summer??

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images via Emily Scott 

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5 Comments

  1. The beautiful beaches in San Francisco are breath taking or am i just obsessed with coastal areas 🙂 And the bags, let me get one right away!

  2. Best part about summer is definitely the numerous amour of beach trips! In love with 2,3,& 4. Super simple yet so cute.

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  3. I love visiting the Bay Area and have pinned this post for future reference. The beaches of N. Cal are so amazingly beautiful. I look forward to checking Cowell Ranch Beach out.