California, San Francisco, Travel, United States

Sutro Baths & Lands End

2015/08/26

Sutro Baths © Sylvie Li 2015

Where should I begin? I think I left part of my heart in Sutro Baths and I couldn’t wait to share this gorgeous place. Sutro Baths was a large public swimming pool built by Adolph Sutro, a former mayor of San Francisco. Financially unprofitable at that time, it’s mostly all in ruins now, but what makes it unique is its location: it’s right by the sea at the north end of Ocean Beach. It’s a bit remote from the city itself and fortunately, few people/tourists know about it (many thanks to K for the rec!). Nearby Sutro Baths is Lands End, another stunning park where one can enjoy breathtaking views, admire the wildflowers and walk on the trails. Our visit was planned ahead because I wanted to get the best light of the day, hence we waited until 6pm to get there. It was worth it! I feel like I sound like a broken record, but there’s really something magical about the light on the west coast that I cannot put my finger on. I felt so blessed to be able to experience this moment: the view, the chilly wind, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, the golden hour… I’ll never forget it.

I took countless photos, so sorry for the overload. They don’t do justice to the beauty of Sutro Baths and Lands End, which is hands down one of my highlights in San Francisco. It gave me a little peek of what was waiting for us on the Pacific Coast Highway and I was thrilled.

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