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Warmest-water spots for S.F. Bay swimming.

Warmest-water spots for S.F. Bay swimming Northern California coastal waters here stay chilly even in summer, averaging 50[deg.] to 55[deg.]. But in shallow parts of San Francisco Bay, waters are dramatically warmer--60[deg.] to almost 70[deg.]--and swimming can be pleasant. And in August at Bay beaches, the winds begin to subside and the shores warm up.

We suggest five places for swimming. Only one has lifeguards; at the others, be watchful of currents. All have rest rooms.

Richmond. At Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline, 1-acre Keller's Beach (open 8 to dusk; free) is a small sandy strip. You'll find a tree-sheltered picnic areaa, a bike path, and a small changing area. From Interstate 80 northbound in Berkeley, take Hoffman Boulevard (State 17) northwest 3-1/2 miles to Cutting Boulevard, then follow Garrard Boulevard south to the beach (southbound on Interstate 80, take Cutting Boulevard west).

Tiburon Peninsula. Paradise Beach County Park (7 A.M. to sunset; $3 per car weekdays, $5 weekends), on the peninsula's northeast shore, is a 19-acre sheltered landscape. You can spread out on the lawn or sit at a picnic table. There's a fishing pier (no license required). From U.S. Highway 101, take Tiburon Boulevard east; past town, curve north on Paradise Drive about 1 mile.

San Francisco. At the foot of Van Ness Avenue, Aquatic Park (lifeguard on duty 10 to 6 daily; free) offers calm waters protected by a curved pier. Weekends at 1 P.M., lifeguards here also give a free course on swimming the Bay; meet at the lifeguard tower.

Alameda. Crown Memorial State Beach (open daylight hours; $1.50 per car on weekends) has 2-1/2 miles of swimming beach. Water is warm (up to 69[deg.]) and shallow a long way out. Facilities include picnic areas, changing rooms, showers, and a visitor center (open 10 to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays, March through November). From State 17, take Webster Street south to Central Avenue, then go east two blocks to Westline Drive; go right on Westline to the park.

Burlingame. Coyote Point County Recreation Area (dawn to dusk, $2 per car), south of the San Francisco airport, has a 1/2-mile strip of pebbly beach. There are concrete windbreaks, changing rooms, showers; nearby are tree-sheltered picnic areas, a bike path, a marina, and a wildlife museum. From U.S. 101, tkae Peninsula Avenue east and follow signs.
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