Our dog loves the beach. I mean LOVES the beach. We've lived all over, and had many beaches to call home, but not a single one of them holds a candle to Fort Funston in San Francisco. This beach is THE PLACE for dogs, is one of the cleanest, best preserved, and dog-family friendly beaches California has....and I'm not exaggerating.
We like to go early morning on the weekends. Its worth the commute from wherever you are in the Bay and the traffic is less at this time. Once we've run ourselves ragged in the sand, we usually head north along the Great Highway to one of the little cafes or bakeries in the Outer Richmond (Devil's Teeth, or a more luxe brunch at Outerlands are our favorite.)
Whatever you do, don't miss a romp in the sand here with your furry one; you WON'T be sorry!