Beaches for Seniors in the Bay Area
There is an overwhelming number of San Francisco area beaches to choose from, and what makes a beach ideal for active seniors is likely up for debate. But among the many Bay Area activities you’ll want to explore when deciding to visit or move to the area, it’s obvious that the beaches can’t be missed. Here are a few can’t miss beaches near over 55 communities in the Bay Area.
If your dream retirement includes an RV, then you’ll be particularly excited about these two beaches. Of course, you don’t have to have an RV to camp here—you can always just pitch a tent and go for the full experience—but if you want the opportunity to sit beachside with your RV, these are the Bay Area beaches to do it at.
A small journey outside of the over 55 communities in Lathrop, Sandy Beach offers quiet campgrounds with lots of open space. It’s also just a few minutes away from a small town, in case you need to load up on supplies. They offer an onsite boat launch if you need it, and the area hosts occasional fishing tournaments if you enjoy spending the day looking out for the best catch. The area is kid-friendly if you have grandkids (with a nearby park) and the water is slow-moving and easy to swim in.
Another camp beach, located a short drive away from over 55 communities in Manteca, is Salmon Bend Camp Beach. While some guests consider this to be the smallest beach in the world it's great if you’re looking for something lowkey. The water is shallow and easy to swim in and the area gets plenty of shade so it is easy to sit back, relax and enjoy an inland beach.
If you aren’t looking to stay at a beach, but still want to pick up on some beach activities, here are two fantastic Bay Area beaches to explore.
Located just south of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay State Beach offers four miles of broad, sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. The Coastside Trail runs along the eastern boundary of the park’s four Bay Area beaches, providing almost 3-miles to walk, jog or ride bikes. For the extra ambitious active senior, this trail continues north to Pillar Point Harbor where you can rent various pleasure and fishing boats for a full afternoon.
For the adventurous types, consider a visit to Pacifica State Beach, the southernmost beach in Pacifica, CA. At just under a mile long, this crescent shaped beach is best known as one of the most popular San Francisco beaches for beginner surfers. Whether or not you want to try your hand at picking up a new hobby, Pacifica State Beach does also provide beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. And, as a habitat for the threatened western snowy plover, this Bay Area beach gives you an opportunity to fully appreciate all nature has to offer.
Looking for other Bay Area activities for seniors besides San Francisco beaches? If you’re in the market for a new construction home, you can find many activities at Del Webb’s upcoming over 55 community in the Bay Area. Sign up today and learn more about this exciting new community slated to open late 2022.
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