If you don’t know that Swede’s Beach is there, you’re not likely to stumble upon it. It is a small, sandy beach accessed by stairs that are pretty much hidden by trees and vines at the end of Valley Street at the south end of Sausalito (“old town”). Finding the stairs feels pretty magical, because peering down them you see the beach as if looking through a spyglass and get a glimpse of the waves lapping at the sand.
It’s a wonderfully private spot, with just one concrete bench and one trash can. It stretches along the water for a total length of less than one city block. Because it sits down below the adjacent properties, it still feels private and secluded. It’s the perfect place for bringing a good book, or a couple of sandwiches and a beach blanket.
Where: End of Valley Street, Sausalito (map)
Parking: Angled free street parking on that block of Valley Street