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Bay Area Getaways: Angel Island's white sandy beaches with million dollar views

Ayala Cove is your entry point to Angel Island State Park...and where all the fun begins...
Ayala Cove is your entry point to Angel Island State Park...and where all the fun begins...

Experience a paradise island getaway complete with white sandy beaches in the middle of San Francisco Bay with an "Angel Island Tiburon Ferry" ride to Angel Island State Park out of picturesque Tiburon, Calif. - a romantic Bay Area getaway recently featured on "California Living.™" In addition to offering a plethora of outdoor activities and a number of historic sites to explore, like the "U.S Immigration Station", Angel Island State Park is a great local getaway offering a few "secret" beaches with priceless views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge across the San Francisco Bay.

Angel Island's white sandy beaches make Angel Island one of the best Bay Area Getaways

While you can pre-arrange to camp on the island, day-tripping to Angel Island State Park makes an ideal Bay Area getaway. The Tiburon ferry schedule changes seasonally, with the most frequent service offered early spring through mid-October - so it's best to check the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry schedule ahead of time to plan your trip.

Getting There: The Angel Island Tiburon Ferry ride to Angel Island State Park from downtown Tiburon, Calif. is just 10 minutes, and offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay along the way. It is the quickest most direct, non-stop route to Angel Island State Park California offers. You can also take the ferry from San Francisco.

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. In addition to its million dollar views of the East Bay and the San Francisco skyline, you’ll generally find calmer winds on Quarry Beach, which offers the fine, white sand you’ve been dreaming of.

Below are a few California Living™ travel tips for Angel Island State Park bound visitors:

  • Stop by the Visitor’s Center located in Ayala Cove to pick up a map of Angel Island and other informational handouts to make the most of your day on Angel Island State Park.
  • You may also like to check out Angel Island's "Angel Cam" for a (nearly live) look at the weather conditions on the island.
  • View a detailed, printable map of Angel Island State Park on
  • 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 pick up a delicious sandwich, boxed lunch or fresh, gourmet salad at The Angel Island Cafe located at Ayala Cove, which is open weekends in the winter starting February 2014, and 7 days a week beginning in March 2014.

Ready for some adventure with your beach day? Bring along your walking shoes for the approximate 1.5-mile trek along Angel Island’s Perimeter Road from Ayala Cove where you find Perles Beach (See picture in photo-gallery). Perles Beach is more secluded since it is not as easy to find as Quarry Beach, so stay alert to find the “unmarked” path just past Battery Ledyard that will lead you to Perles Beach.

San Francisco Bay Area residents can spend a few hours at Perles Beach and find that “beach getaway” they’ve been looking for…right in their own backyard. Check out the photo gallery on this page for a look at the spectacular views that will be yours with a day-trip to Perles Beach on Angel Island State Park.

For those with little ones to look after, Ayala Cove is Angel Island’s most accessible beach for children, which is located right near Angel Island State Park's 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, Angel Island Cafe, and the Angel Island State Park Visitors Center.

Directions to Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Dock and Tiburon Ferry parking information.

Here’s to discovering one of the best Bay Area getaways with a day-trip to Angel Island State Park's "secret beaches" ~ Aprilanne

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