Whether you are considering a location change to East Bay or you simply want to find more great things to do in your neck of the woods, having knowledge of the best family-friendly beaches in the Bay Area is crucial. After all, doesn’t everyone love the beach?
Don Castro Regional Park
22400 Woodroe Ave., Hayward
Featuring shallow swimming areas, Don Castro Regional Park is ideal for families with even the smallest of children. With ample amounts of sandy beaches for digging, large lawn areas, a host of lifeguards on duty, a bathhouse with showers and vending machines, this is a great place to come for a day of fun in the sun! Open May 23 – September 20. Admission is $3 for ages 16-61, $2 for ages 1-15 as well as seniors. Parking is $5.
18870 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley
The lagoon at Cull Canyon also features shallow waters, sandy beaches and shared picnic areas! There is also a deck for diving or jumping into the water! You do need to pass a swimming test in order to swim the dock. Open April 25 – September 20. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for kids. Parking is free at this location but it will fill up quickly on sunny days!
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda
Another beach with shallow swimming, the warm waters at the Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach are inviting to people of all ages. Plan an afternoon barbecue or picnic, lawn games and swimming at this state beach. Make a double stop when visiting this beach by stopping in at the Crab Cove Visitor Center to learn more about flora and fauna native to the San Francisco Bay area along with other marine areas. The park is open from 5 am to 10 pm with $5 parking per vehicle. Admission is free!