Northern California Beaches

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The rugged coastline of Northern California offers beachgoers an extremely wide variety of options for their beach experience. There are vast, deserted beaches, like the 11 miles of The Great Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore, and crowded archetypical amusement beaches, like Santa Cruz, with its wooden boardwalk, vintage roller coaster, and carnival games. There are scenic beaches, like Baker Beach, located almost directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge (easily accessible via public transportation) and remote beaches, like Centerville Beach, close to the Oregon border. By law, all beaches in California are free to access and publicly accessible, and most in Northern California also have free parking. Check out this list of the best beaches in Northern California:

Santa Cruz

No list of great Northern California beaches can exist without including Santa Cruz. You start with a big beach, wide and flat, with soft, golden sand and reasonably gentle surf. Then you add the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. One of the top attractions in Santa Cruz, the Boardwalk is an old-school, mile-long wooden boardwalk, lined with shops, carnival games, and part of an amusement park. Together, they create a wonderful beach experience with something for everyone. The Boardwalk has been making beachgoers happy since opening in 1907, and two rides, the Giant Dipper roller coaster and the Looff Carousel, are National Historic Landmarks. When you’re done enjoying the rides, there’s plenty of natural scenery to admire. The ocean in front of the beach is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. From the beach, you can see dolphins, otters, sea lions, and whales. The West Cliff Inn, a Four Sisters Inn is a well-managed, popular boutique hotel, on a hill, overlooking the beach.

The Great Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

The Great Beach, aka Point Reyes Beach, is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a national park only an hour from downtown San Francisco. If you want seriously vast expanses of deserted, wide sandy beach, complete with heavy, pounding surf, this is for you. The Great Beach is 11 continuous miles of undeveloped, unspoiled beach. Access is easy, with two drive-up parking lots at either end, right at the sand. Because of the rough waves, this beach is better for walking and exploring than it is for swimming. The Lodge at Point Reyes is a mid-range hotel close to the park entrance. This popular property charges a premium for its convenient location but makes up for it with a free breakfast and free, fast Wi-Fi.

Three Rocks Beach

Three Rocks Beach in Half Moon Bay delivers on all the key ingredients for a great beach. Half Moon Bay is about 30 minutes south of San Francisco and less than an hour from downtown, and the beach is relatively undeveloped (there are homes but they’re all set back a few hundred yards), yet easily accessible. There are wide, flat sandy sections and other areas with huge boulders and rocks. It’s also nice as there are tall cliffs, with hiking trails at the top. The beach is a public park, but it’s almost a part of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The luxury resort is perched on top of the cliff, with dramatic views of the coastline in both directions, and the building has the feel of a Victorian seaside resort done in a modern, luxurious style.

Drakes Beach

Northern California’s answer to England’s White Cliffs of Dover, this beautiful, wide beach has the same striking, white sandstone cliffs as the English coastline. Drakes Beach is another beach that is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore and located almost next to Point Reyes Lighthouse. The waves are rough, and the water is very cold, rarely above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. People do surf and enjoy some water sports here, but a wetsuit is necessary for any extended time in the water. The beach has easy drive-up access, a visitor’s center, and a small beachside cafe.

Baker Beach

This mile-long beach is part of the Presidio, a former military fort and now a public park and commercial development. The big draw here is that it’s right next to the Golden Gate Bridge, offering postcard-like views of the iconic structure. You can also see the Marin Headlands and Lands End. There is a picnic area with barbecue grills and picnic tables. This is more of a walking beach; the water is rough and cold, and not really suitable for swimming or wading. It’s within the San Francisco city limits and also easily accessible via public transportation. The Travelodge at the Presidio San Francisco isn’t fancy, but it’s within walking distance of the Presidio and puts you in a good location to explore the rest of the city.

Centerville Beach

This nine-mile-long, windswept beach is part of what’s called the Lost Coast, vast stretches of raw, undeveloped Northern California coastline in both Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. Centerville Beach is a county park and has tall cliffs with many hiking trails. Both horses and dogs are allowed on the beach, as are vehicles and ATVs. It’s a wide, flat beach, but the water is both very cold and very rough, making it not the best beach for watersports. Centerville Beach is near the charming Victorian town of Ferndale, about a 4.5-hour drive north from San Francisco. The Gingerbread Mansion Inn is a bed-and-breakfast in downtown Ferndale, created in a Victorian mansion.

Fort Funston

With a name that sounds like an amusement park, Fort Funston is actually part of the massive fortress-like defenses that surround San Francisco. Mainly built in the 19th century but used through the Cold War, the area is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a national park. The Fort Funston beach is bordered by steep, 200-foot-tall cliffs, and it’s very windy. The cliffs and the wind make it one of the most popular areas for hang gliding and parasailing. The surf is rough and not suitable for swimming, also it’s a very steep hike to access the beach from the parking area.

Glass Beach

This beautiful and fascinating beach is unique, as it’s a former bottle dump. Glass Beach is now a protected state park beach, but centuries of pounding waves broke up the bottles and then smoothed the fragments into small, rounded glass pebbles. Almost completely covering the sand are marble-sized, deeply-colored glass stones of blue, red, green, and shades of brown. The beach is part of the MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, about 3.5 hours north of San Francisco. Shoreline Cottages is a retro hotel with individual cottage accommodations. Most units are cozy and well-furnished, and many come with kitchens.

Stinson Beach

This beach seems to be Marin County’s best-kept secret. It’s only 35 minutes from downtown San Francisco, yet it offers a true, Northern California, rural beach experience, with no big hotels, no modern beach mansions, just some cool, mid-century residential developments and some great local stores and restaurants. The white, powdery, soft sand is perfect for sunbathing, and the surf here is gentle, making this a great swimming beach. The beach itself is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and it’s right next to Mt. Tamalpais State Park and the giant redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument.

Bodega Dunes

Bodega Dunes is a classic, sandy beach on Bodega Bay, sloping gently into the ocean. As you move away from the shoreline, the wide beach becomes a series of low, grassy dunes, broken up by walkways and the occasional wooden boardwalk. Bodega Bay is in Sonoma County, about 90 minutes from San Francisco and close to Napa Valley. The Bodega Dunes campground has almost 100 spaces (for tents, campers, or trailers), with hot showers and restrooms. It offers a great, camp-on-the-sand experience. For a much more luxurious beach getaway, the beachfront (well, it sits on a bluff overlooking the beach) Bodega Bay Lodge resort has a popular spa and its own golf course.

Monterey State Beach

Monterey State Beach is a wide, gently sloping and curving beach directly across the bay, a 15-minute drive from the popular Cannery Row area of downtown Monterey. Appropriately enough, the beach is in a town called Seaside. The water is cold, but the surf is gentle, so it’s great for brave swimmers. Monterey State Beach has several areas of restrooms and showers. The Monterey Tides, a Joie de Vivre hotel is right on the sand, and the rooms facing the ocean have spectacular views of the bay. It’s an older hotel, but recently renovated and very well managed.

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When and where is the DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020 Conference?

DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020 takes place from June 3rd to 4th, 2020 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel in San Francisco, California. Click here for travel details.

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel Address:
888 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


  • 20 minutes from Silicon Valley International Airport
  • Direct access to a magnificent California beach
  • Short walk to Santa Monica Pier, cliff-top Palisades Park, and trendy Third Street Promenade
  • Minutes from Beverly Hills, Century City and West L.A.



From San Francisco International Airport:

  • Take US-101 N to 6th St in San Francisco. Take exit 57 from I-280 N
  • Head north-west on US-101 N
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 430A towards Downtown SF
  • Merge onto I-280 N
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 57 for Sixth Street
  • Take Bryant St and 3rd St to Howard St
  • Continue onto 6th St
  • Turn right onto Bryant St
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 3rd St
  • Turn left onto Howard St

From Oakland International Airport:

  • Get on I-880 N from 98th Ave
  • Head south on Ron Cowan Pkwy towards John Glenn Dr
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto the slip road to Interstate 880/Downtown Oakland
  • Merge onto Bessie Coleman Dr
  • Keep left to continue on 98th Ave
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take the Interstate 880 N slip road to Downtown/Oakland
  • Continue on I-880 N. Take I-80 W to Fremont St in San Francisco. Take exit 2C from I-80 W
  • Merge onto I-880 N
  • Use the left 3 lanes to take the Interstate 80 W exit towards San Francisco
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-80 W
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 2C to merge onto Fremont St
  • Drive to Howard St
  • Use the left lane to merge onto Fremont St
  • Turn left onto Howard St

From San Jose International Airport:

  • Get on I-880 S from Airport Blvd
  • Head south-east on Terminal Dr
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right to stay on Terminal Dr
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left towards Airport Blvd
  • Continue onto Airport Blvd
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right towards Airport Blvd
  • Continue onto Airport Blvd
  • Merge onto I-880 S via the ramp on the left to Santa Cruz
  • Take I-280 N and US-101 N to Bryant St in San Francisco. Take exit 2 from I-80 E
  • Merge onto I-880 S
  • Take exit 1B to merge onto I-280 N towards San Francisco
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 43B for I-380 E towards San Francisco International Airport
  • Continue onto I-380 E
  • Use the left lanes to take exit 6B-7 to merge onto US-101 N towards San Francisco
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on I-80 E, follow signs for Bay Bridge/Interstate 80
  • Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 2 for Fourth Street
  • Take 3rd St to Howard St
  • Use the left lane to turn left onto Bryant St
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 3rd St
  • Turn left onto Howard St

Parking Information:

Parking is valet only and is $70.68 per day (subject to change).

What’s the Schedule?

Here’s the high-level schedule (note: all times are Pacific Daylight Time):

Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am - 12:00pm: General Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 2:30pm: General Session
2:30pm – 3:10pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:10pm – 5:00pm: General Session
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Cocktail Reception

Friday, May 24, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am – 12:30pm: Master Classes
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Luncheon
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Master Classes
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Farewell Cocktail Reception

How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020?

How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon East 2019?

Regular price is $797 (USD) for a main conference access. We are also offering an All Access Pass, which includes the main conference, all Master Classes, Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Receptions and Video on Demand, for $1,097 (USD). Last but not least we have a Virtual Pass/Video On Demand (VOD) option for those who can’t make the conference for $347 (USD). For more information about pricing and the different passes available please click here.

What is included in the Main Conference Pass registration fee?

Your completed Main Conference Pass registration provides you the following:

  • Conference Bag
  • All General Sessions – Thursday, June 4th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Thursday, June 4th, 2019
  • AM/PM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Thursday, June 4th, 2019
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception – Thursday, June 4th, 2019

What is included in the All Access Pass registration fee?

Your completed All Access Pass registration provides you everything included in the Main Conference Pass plus the following:

  • All Master Classes – Friday, May 10th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Friday, June 5th, 2019
  • AM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Friday, June 5th, 2019
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception – Friday, June 5th, 2019
  • On Demand – Available online approximately 2 weeks after conference concludes

What is included in the VIP Pass registration fee?

Your completed VIP Pass registration provides you everything included in the All Access Pass plus the following:

  • VIP Priority Registration Check-In – Thursday, June 4th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on General Session Day – Thursday, June 4th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on Master Class Day – Friday, June 5th, 2019

How do I register? Register now!

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What forms of payment are accepted?

The following forms of payment are accepted: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Payment is required to complete your registration.

Is there a group discount?

Absolutely! Bring as many colleagues as you’d like! Register FOUR or more people from the same company simultaneously to receive $200 discount off the prevailing registration price for each member of your group.

There are just a few simple Group Registration rules:

  • All registrants must be employed by the same company.
  • All members of the group must be registered at the same time. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • You must pre-register to take advantage of these rates, which will not be offered on site.
  • Group Registration Rates cannot be combined with any other offers.

More details about Group Rates here.

Are there academic, government, nonprofit or military discounts?

Academic, Government, Military & Non-Profit discount rates at DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020 apply to current full-time employees of academic institutions, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies, active military and non-profit organization employees only.

More details about Discount Rates here.

What is the dress code?

Conference attire is business casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.

Can I bring a guest to the conference and networking events?

All attendees at the conference and networking events must be registered attendees who purchased tickets.

Can I send a substitute in my place?

You may send a substitute in your place at any time. All such requests must be submitted by email to registration[at] (replace at with @). Only requests made by the original registrant will be honored.

What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation in DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020 at any time, but please be aware of the following cancellation policy listed below.

Registration cancellations received 90 days prior to the Conference incur a 25% processing/administrative fee. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after event. If you must cancel for any reason, notify our registration department by 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable. Substitutions allowed prior to 90 days prior to the Conference with written or Faxed authorization only. No substitutions less than 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use DigiMarCon credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and duplicate purchase. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds for badges that have been revoked.

Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. Discounted prices are based on the date payment is received in the DigiMarCon office. Reselling DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020 registrations is not permitted.

I live outside of United States, do you accept attendees from other countries?

Yes, international attendees are welcome at each of our conferences.

I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, can DigiMarCon prepare an invitation letter for me to attend the conference for Visa Processing purposes?

Yes, this is often requested for International Attendees. After you have registered, send a letter request email to and provide your address, company name, company title and passport information to be included in the invitation letter.

I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, if my Visa Application is declined will I get a refund?

You can request a cancellation at any time. Refer to our refund policy for refund eligibility criteria.

Where should I stay in Silicon Valley?

The official conference hotel to stay in Silicon Valley is;

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel
888 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Hotel Booking Instructions

To book a room at San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel follow the instructions below;

By Phone:
Call 1-866-781-2364, ask for reservations, give group name ‘DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020’ and arrival date and book.

What networking activities are associated with DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020?

A full list of the official conference networking functions are available here.

Will I receive event updates?

Yes, DigiMarCon will send emails periodically to update you on the agenda, event happenings and logistics. Please make sure that the email address registration[at] (replace at with @) is in your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all important event information.

How can I submit to speak at DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020?

There are a limited number of sponsored keynote speaking spots still available during the conference. Please contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron[at] (replace at with @), if you are interested in this opportunity.

Can I record what is presented at DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020?

Sessions may be audio recorded without special permission for personal use only. They cannot be placed online or transmitted to others without permission.

Sessions may be videoed only with special permission for personal use and also cannot be placed online or transmitted to others. Short audio and video clips may be used for blogging and press coverage of sessions. As a general guide, non-contiguous clips of one minute or less should be used. Contact us if you need guidance about longer clips.

How can we sponsor DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020?

Complete the sponsorship inquiry form here for more details on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities at DigiMarCon San Francisco 2020.

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