“Hit the beach” with California Living ® TV’s Insider’s Guide to Angel Island’s beaches.
Living in California offers many perks. Mild year-round weather, wide open spaces and beautiful beaches are just a few of the benefits of living in California. Yet, there are a few negatives as well. For one, the traffic, especially when heading to the beach for a day-trip. And California beaches can be crowded during peak season. Which also adds “finding parking” to the list of things that can cramp your style when day-tripping to California beaches.
Well, as luck would have it – California Living ® TV has the secret to escaping both the beach traffic and the crowds: Plan a getaway to Angel Island’s Beaches. There you’ll discover a paradise island complete with “secret” white sandy beaches boasting million dollar views in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
Angel Island’s Beaches – ‘Getting there is half the fun’
The easiest and quickest way to visit Angel Island State Park is catching the 10-minute Angel Island Ferry out of Tiburon, California, which is located in Marin County and just a short scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Check out the Angel Island – Tiburon Ferry Schedule here.
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Once on the island, there are two main beaches in walking/hiking distance from Ayala Cove – where the ferry docks. Find your own paradise island in the middle of San Francisco Bay with a visit to Quarry Beach, which is located on the east side of Angel Island Start Park and accessed via a short walk down from Ft. McDowell, also known as East Garrison. Quarry Beach is a quiet Angel Island beach with incredible views.
On a clear day at Perles Beach, you’ll be treated to million dollar views of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. will be waiting for you…at Perles Beach.
To get to Perles Beach, walk along the Perimeter Road for about a mile and a half. Keep your eye out – there will be an unmarked path just past Battery Ledyard. The views and “secret” location of Perles Beach are worth the extra effort to get there.
Beach fun for the whole family
For those with little ones to look after, Ayala Cove is the most accessible beach for children, which is located right near the public ferry entry dock. Ayala Cove offers a public picnic area with free charcoal grills (Bring your own charcoal), and a fun and easygoing environment for kids of all ages. Ayala Cove is also close to everything including the public rest rooms, a cafe, and the Visitors Center.
Aprilanne Hurley’s California Living ® Travel Tips:
Stop by the Visitor’s Center located in Ayala Cove to pick up a map of the island and other informational handouts to make the most of your day island adventure.
View a detailed, printable map of Angel Island State Park on AngelIsland.org.
Dress in layers as the weather can change from comfortably warm or cool – to very cold at any point during the day.
Bring extra water bottles, snacks, and some spending money for food and souvenirs.
Pack a healthy picnic, or enjoy a delicious meal, boxed lunch or fresh, gourmet salad at The Angel Island Cafe located at Ayala Cove, where the ferry docks.