Baker Beach: You can't Swim There, but it is beautiful
I've been to beaches all over the world. I've enjoyed the French Rivera, sunburned in the Bahamas, and scraped my feet up on Zebra Mussels before I was smart enough to stay out of Lake Erie (I was under the age of 13). Still my favorite is an unlikely winner.
I'm not a swim at the beach type of person, but I do like to sit and enjoy the view. If you are looking for a tropical destination, this isn't for you. However, if you just want to enjoy the waves and the Pacific Ocean, grab a cup of coffee at the Cliff House and take in the ambiance.