San Francisco Ocean Beach Webcam

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Ocean Beach, Looking North, with Cliff House and Seal Rock

Ocean Beach runs along the west coast of San Francisco at the Pacific Ocean. The northern end of the beach is adjacent to Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District. The Great Highway runs alongside of the beach, and the Cliff House with the Seal Rock, named for the population of sea lions who used to inhabit it, feature prominently at the entrance to Golden Gate. Looking at this beautiful view, you can sometimes spot a ship that comes into or leaves the Golden Gate area, but more often a seagull or a pelican flying very close to the camera.

San Francisco is considered one of most beautiful cities in the world, attracting tourists from around the globe. With its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and of the San Francisco Bay, with its steep hills, bridges, cable cars, hotels, a mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and a rich cultural life, San Francisco is a true metropolis. The city is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and has traditionally been the focal point of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States.

In 1776, the Spanish colonized the place that was to become San Francisco, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi. With the advent of the California Gold Rush in 1848, the city entered a period of rapid growth. After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt and is today one of the most recognizable cities in the world.

San Francisco is known for its months-long episodes of fog, and its peninsular location surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Famous hallmarks and landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, and Chinatown.

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