"Strong Riptide" Land / Water Safety Tip by AngelRed

Land / Water Safety, San Francisco: 6 reviews and 4 photos

Don't go swimming at Ocean Beach.

That's not what it's there for. It's there to accomodate all the fishies, and to spit up millions upon millions of these little purple jellyfish onto the beach. If you go barefoot, watch your step, because you'll either step in them (major ick factor, but I'm told they don't sting), on the crab shells or broken sea dollars, or on leftover charcoal from a bonfire.

The waters at Ocean Beach are frickin' cold, so I don't know why anyone would want to swim in the first place. If you're not an expert swimmer, your chances of getting caught in a stron riptide are high. There are no lifeguards, from what I've seen.
General consensus is to be extremely careful even just wading.

I sometimes see people out there windsurfing. Braver folk than I am.

All the warnings aside, on a rare sunny day (Ocean Beach is usually foggy and chilly), the ocean is beautiful. So go down to walk along the beach. Just be sure to scrape the jellyfish off your shoes.

Address: San Francisco

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2003
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