Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
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Point Reyes National Seashore

Type: Beaches, Fishing Charters, Water

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Although Point Reyes is farther than Ocean Beach or Stinson, most would agree it's well-worth the drive. If you're looking for smaller crowds and a more rugged beach day, be sure to include Point Reyes National Seashore in your trip. As the name implies, this is miles and miles of pristine and protected beaches. And, with less people, you have a much better chance for viewing wildlife, which can even include grey whale sightings. If you have the time, include a visit to the Point Reyes lighthouse, which is only accessible on the weekends by bus because of its remote and protected location.


76 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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(415) 464-5100

Expert Tips by Tom Molanphy

San Francisco Local Expert

Sightseeing, Beaches: "Check out the Point Reyes Hostel for a centrally located place to stay in this area."

Best for Sightseeing Because: The stunning natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore is too close to San Francisco to pass up.

Best for Beaches Because: Although it's a bit of a drive, Point Reyes National Seashore is worth the trip for real beach-lovers.

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