Sunset at Ocean Beach in San Fran – A City Defined by Its Stunning Outdoor Spaces

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view to pacific ocean

Before the first time I moved to San Francisco, my friend told me: “Kam, things especially housing are very expensive there. But the weather is really nice and you get to do a lot of free outdoor stuff there. They have great outdoor space in San Fran.” Well, the old me paid way much more attention to buildings than outdoor space. To me, cities were defined by their buildings in the downtown – NYC and Empire State Building; Chicago and Sears Tower; Seattle and Space Needle. And of course, San Francisco was defined by the downtown’s skyline featuring the Transamerica Pyramid.

The more time I spend in SF, the more I feel that the city is all about its open spaces – the hills, the parks and the oceans. Downtown does not really pay a big part in the locals’ life at all. In everyday conservation, people like to tell you what they have done in the parks over the weekends and what nice walk or hike they have taken. I slowly have become one of them too. Taking the dog to the Buena Vista Park which is indeed a hill and chilling out at Dolores Park have become a daily ritual to me. In the city of seven hills, it is amazing how many different vistas you get from up and down the hills.

Indeed every city has outdoor space, but not many of them are able to preserve the rustic quality of these spaces. Take Ocean Beach as an example, there is no McDonald’s, giant parking lots, tourists’ center, surf shops, hotels or any other commercial components. A beach is pretty much what you get there. The natural beauty of the beach simply touches your heart and makes you come back for more. That is what makes most San Francisco’s outdoor spaces so successful

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view to land’s end, with people watching sunset

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view to pacific ocean, with people chilling out

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surfer

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heineken

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final sunset

ocean beach, san francisco – 5:35pm, jan 25, 2013

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4 thoughts on “Sunset at Ocean Beach in San Fran – A City Defined by Its Stunning Outdoor Spaces

    • kam says:

      indeed:-) it was an amazing experience. i am from hong kong and supposingly there is a lot of coastlines, but i never experienced anything like this. nature is so beautiful! did you have a chance to enjoy something like this in finland? there is so much water in finland;-

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